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AI Panel Urges U.S. to Boost Tech Skills Amid China's Rise


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An artificial intelligence commission led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is urging the U.S. to boost its AI skills to maintain innovation leadership and counter China, including by pursuing "AI-enabled" weapons.

Schmidt and current executives from Google, Microsoft, Oracle, and Amazon are among the 15 members of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, which released its final report to Congress on Monday.

"To win in AI we need more money, more talent, stronger leadership," Schmidt said.

The report says that machines that can "perceive, decide, and act more quickly" than humans and with more accuracy are going to be deployed for military purposes — with or without the involvement of the U.S. and other democracies. It warns against unchecked use of autonomous weapons but expresses opposition to a global ban.

"Just as important, the United States needs to win the international talent competition by improving both STEM education and our system for admitting and retaining highly skilled immigrants," the report says.

From Associated Press
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