back to article Today's arms race is all about AI and it's China vs America, says US defense secretary

The world is entering a new stage of AI and the race to get there is between China and the United States, US defense secretary Lloyd Austin has said. He was speaking at the Global Emerging Technology Summit of The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence earlier this week. "Tech advances like AI are changing …

  1. DS999 Silver badge


    They'll still insist we need to throw away another trillion or two on the F35's successor, even though manned fighters will be totally obsoleted by "AI" controlled drone swarms well before that successor is ready to fly.

    1. Youngone Silver badge

      Re: Meanwhile

      The goal is not to build new and better aeroplanes, the goal is to funnel more taxpayer's money to the military industrial complex.

      Sabre-rattling pieces like the one we are commenting on are part of the process.

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: Meanwhile

        The military industrial complex is practically a ponzi to launder dollars into a petrified national economy built upon unserviceable debt as opposed to virtual credit which admin systems might like to try to convince you is good for you .... and them alike.

        But such never lasts for too long, and whenever it starts to slowly collapse, it always collapses then suddenly and usually, to add further insult to abominable injury, at the most inconvenient of moments too, which invariably includes the present rather than blighting the future with the sins of the past.

  2. PhilipN Silver badge

    Athens vs. Sparta

    Suggest go to the actual speech (linked).

    Then stand back.

    It is really damn scary.

    No wonder China perceives the need to build up its military,

    1. llaryllama

      Re: Athens vs. Sparta

      China is building up its military for a future annexation of my country (Taiwan).

      1. PhilipN Silver badge

        Re: Athens vs. Sparta

        China needs your engineers not your land.

        1. Claptrap314 Silver badge

          Re: Athens vs. Sparta

          They don't need either of those. What they need is to squash any dangerous ideas by their people that freedom is desirable.

  3. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Chicken feed normally just feeds chickens to steal eggs from and then slaughter for the table

    Austin described DARPA's $2m multi-year campaign "AI Next" as paving the way for the "third wave" of AI technology. ...... Laura Dobberstein

    $2m, Laura? That's an absolute bargain. Are you sure it's not rather more realistically $2b and Austin is simply misquoted by virtue of a typo? Such is so easily done nowadays.

    If the consensus of great opinion is that Uncle Same is failing and also falling way behind the competition and/or opposition in the AI Superiority and Supremacy races, one might reasonably suggest chicken feed is not an answer to their myriad emerging and expanding exhausting problems.

  4. Old Hand

    A factor of a thousand should be checked . . .

  5. Lil Endian

    Colleagues vs Tools

    "Machines will function more as colleagues than tools"

    The terms are not mutually exclusive, a number of my (organic) colleagues have definitely been tools too.

    [Icon - Mine's the one with the taser in the pocket, for some appropriate "organic grounding".]

  6. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    What do you know of FORGE* Planning for Space and Spaced Forces and Sources ‽ .

    Anything you Care to Dare Share for AI Win Wins?

    The world is entering a new stage of AI and the race to get there is between China and the United States, US defense secretary Lloyd Austin has said.

    More precisely, methinks, is the race between Remote Relatively Anonymous Virtual Agencies/IntelAIgently Designed Entities in an Engaging EMPowering Eastern Bloc rather than Withering Wasted Western Union of Conflict Ridden Autocracies fronted as Liberating Democracies ..... and that may be as simple or as complex as an Epic Battle for Hearts and Minds between as few as just two or as vast as many with their hands on the levers of power and energy that deliver the future with true news of ACTive and HyperRadioProACTive IT AIdDevelopments ...... with some amongst the many experiencing the process for more rapid progress of instruction sets being made simpler for all to understand in order to be able and enabled to contribute effectively to trialed and trailed projects and programs .... and even pogroms if ever decided more necessary than not.

    * .....Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution .....

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: What do you know of FORGE* Planning for Space and Spaced Forces and Sources ‽ .

      Say no more, squire, say no more. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink :-) .....

      Let's hope they are better than just good and awesomely average. They will certainly need to be at least that and a great deal more effective than their forces and sources be presently to not be easily defeated and relentlessly scapegoated for competition and opposition in that particular peculiar field take no prisoners nor suffers the festering follies of footering fools employing useless blunt tools.

      And it's a vast bottomless money pit where a few are worthy and rewarded with billions whilst billions of others are just lucky enough to take what they are given.

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