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China has put quantum communications networks and a brain:machine interface on its to-do list in plans unveiled at its annual "Two Sessions" parliamentary sittings. The centerpiece of the Two Sessions, which sees 5,000 of the nation's political elite gather for meetings of the National People's Congress (NPC) and top political …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    All that in just five years. Awesome.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      'Privacy laws'

      Considering the rate that China has dispensed with privacy and personal liberty recently it's more than 'awesome'.

      It's bordering on the 'unbelievable'.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: the rate that China has dispensed with privacy

        ... probably explains their interest in data storage at scale.

  2. msknight Silver badge

    Bringing in skilled foreigners.

    It would be a brave person to operate under Beijing's rule behind the great firewall. The foreigners whose fortunes I follow, are beating a hasty exit from the place. Some who have been there for many years, more than a decade in some instances. They say the days of opportunity left when Xi came to power.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Bringing in skilled foreigners.

      It would be a brave person to operate under Beijing's rule behind the great firewall. The foreigners whose fortunes I follow, are beating a hasty exit from the place. Some who have been there for many years, more than a decade in some instances. They say the days of opportunity left when Xi came to power. .... msknight

      Some would say, and I'm taking a direct MRDA hit with this observation, quantum communications are not successful without them bringing in and assimilating foreigners for command and control of novel systems and AI@ITsWork.

      To suggest that is not an opportunity for the Chinese because Xi is in a position of power is far too unlikely to even be imagined as true ...... especially whenever so many lament at how far behind the Chinese they be in all that they are accused of copying from the West to render them an overwhelming global advantage, thus proving how switched on they can be to that which they hold dear and recognise as being valuable and worthy.

      And rule and rules and quantum are not fields which pay any attention or tribute to order or orders, so you can forget about that being any sort of a problem invented looking for an non-existent solution.

    2. MyffyW Silver badge

      Re: Bringing in skilled foreigners.

      What no totalitarian regime has ever grasped is that creativity and useful experimentation are most likely to happen in a free society.

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: Bringing in skilled foreigners.

        What no totalitarian regime has ever grasped is that creativity and useful experimentation are most likely to happen in a free society. ..... MyffyW

        What could be successfully argued, MyffyW, is that every totalitarian regime and oppositional Parliamentary/Presidential type democracy have grasped that all too well and realise that such too easily disrupts and dethrones inherited legacy status quo establishments/oligarchies and that is why one has trouble finding any free societies on Earth.

        No such trouble though in Space. The Old Boy/Gal Networks don't work at all well out there. And that is why everything is so terrifying for status quo systems used to being abusive Masters of the Universe down on Earth for they aren't in command and control of communications and instructions from Space, and interference of relays down to Earth also both destroy their own lines of communication on Earth and alert enemies, leaving them catastrophically vulnerable to attacks which they will have zero foreknowledge of.

        To imagine that is worthwhile saving with a continuance of established status quo policies and projects, is the stuff of certifiable madness and moronic idiocy.

    3. DS999 Silver badge

      Totalitarianism for the long haul

      It is ironic that many in the west believed that younger leaders like Xi and MBS rising to power would lead to more freedom for their respective countries, but the opposite has been the case.

  3. Howard Sway Silver badge

    Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum...

    BINGO!

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yep... like their plan to make learning a second language unacceptable....

    "becasue you can use a government run translation service"

  5. Electronics'R'Us Silver badge
    WTF?

    Close call

    Just as well I was not sipping a beverage when I saw this:

    The Register has no idea what China expects to flow from "brain-computer fusion technology". But we await results with interest - and a hope that human rights are respected.

    To say China's record on human right is 'less than exemplary' is something of an understatement (particularly the more recent record but that is simply an extension of what has been going on for a long time).

    You really should have encapsulated this with a <sarcasm> tag.

  6. CrackedNoggin Bronze badge

    Holding up the book of knowledge in one hand, and in the other a spiked club of the variety used to smash in the skull of several Indian troops in that "restrained" diplomatic adventurism in the Himalayan highlands last year.

    I'm not certain that the CCP will be able to go 5 years without resisting the temptation to create a limited ruckus in the seas around Taiwan, such the shipping insurance rates in and out of Taiwan rise to astronomic levels. That in turn will send xenophobia inside (and outside) China rocketing to new highs. Not a good environment for foreigners considering a long term commitment.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Silver Lining to CHAOS ..... Clouds Hosting Advanced Operating Systems

      I'm not certain that the CCP will be able to go 5 years without resisting the temptation to create a limited ruckus in the seas around Taiwan, such the shipping insurance rates in and out of Taiwan rise to astronomic levels. That in turn will send xenophobia inside (and outside) China rocketing to new highs. Not a good environment for foreigners considering a long term commitment. .... CrackedNoggin

      It is not that am I saying that is in any way likely, but such would be an Awesome Weapons Environment for foreigners considering a long term commitment.

      For there they can be fielding the following sort of Seriously SMARTR Munitions the UKGBNIMoD, by direct confidential submission, and you, via shared open source comment, have already been well warned about right here on El Reg are nowadays readily available for immediate hire purchase/lend lease and theatre trial detonation ..... https://forums.theregister.com/forum/all/2020/11/02/application_level_gateway_flaw/#c_4139068

      I think one has to accept nowadays that the idea of metaphysically wielding the likes of a big ugly physical spiked club against a SMARTR EMPowered Enemy is not going to end well for that very particular Class Dunce or any other such peculiar Giant Runt. War is not Peace and Warriors are not Peacekeepers or Peacemakers. Paradoxically, that Peacekeeper distinction and Peacemaker privilege may fall into the embrace of an AWEsome WMD Manufacturer. How perversely ironic is that. And how very quantum too..... where a this is a that and together something else entirely different and engaging and entangling.

      Wake Up, Smell the Coffee, Times have Changed ... RTFMemos, Ignorance is Not Bliss, and IT Harbours SWIFT Delivery of Old School Systems Death and Destruction for those Worthy of Customised Accurate Targeting for Rapid Personal Demise/Influential Decline.

      A Brave New Orderly World Order it is in Deed, too. Do you want to say ..... Hello ?

  7. TDog

    Computer rights

    Well we know they can and do fuck on people - if they achieve interfaces and mind melds perhaps they can go for a twofer. Perhaps they'll deploy the great firewall of china in the interface between the computer and the person. We wouldn't want good Chinese computers being corrupted by impure brains. Unlike not mentioning or thinking of blue elephants or purple hippopotamuses the human users will have to ensure they don't think of Uighurs,

  8. Denarius Silver badge
    Joke

    think of the synergies

    Why dont they join forces with the TLAs on AI, data capture and analytics. Such a confluence of interests.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    All within 5 years

    That’s a whole lot of international cyber espionage.

    Let the exploits flow!

  10. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

    Pass

    Who is China expecting to take this offer? China and Russia act like best buddies but it's just a show for their common adversaries. Putin isn't going to hand over any scientists. China is nowhere on my list of places to go if 'Murica goes full "Idiocracy." It's not even on my long list of places I wish to visit.

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