It’s critical we stop China’s ‘dystopian’ use of AI technology ‘for evil’ says Gallagher
The Chairman of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party Mike Gallagher is adamant that the United States must step up its artificial intelligence (AI) race against China, or else the communist country will use the emerging technology for ‘dystopian’ and evil uses. – including genocide.
Gallagher, R-Wis., told DailyMail.com that there is a heating up ‘AI race’ with China and his committee is poised to take a leading role in ensuring the US dominates.
The overarching goal is to give the American people confidence that ‘this technology isn’t going to be used for evil’ and that the US government is going to maintain control, while also staying ahead of the Chinese.
We need a ‘unified framework on AI guardrails and AI ethics,’ Gallagher told DailyMail.com during a call before his committee hearing on China’s economic aggression Wednesday evening.
Rep. Gallagher, R-Wis., told DailyMail.com that there is a heating up ‘AI race’ with China.
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I think it’s absolutely critical that we do not allow [China] to win this race because they would use it for a techno-totalitarian, dystopian purpose and the free world needs to be in command of the rules of AI going forward.’
The chairman said it’s important that the US ‘get on the same page’ with allies in the Indo Pacific – particularly the Japanese and the South Koreans. He also said that also extends to non-formal allies such as Taiwan.
Showing a unified front on AI will “make us stronger,” he continued and also “more likely that China will not dominate this technology.”
He fears China using other technology and ‘pairing it with AI to perpetrate a genocide’ against millions of Uighur Muslims, while also deploying it to control every aspect of their citizens’ lives.
Another key provision Congress will look into is ensuring American investors, such as Sequoia, won’t be able to subsidize the Chinese AI champions – including Baidu.
Gallagher said talking to experts such as Alex Wang, the CEO and founder of Scale AI, and Mike Brown, the former head of the Defense Innovation Unit, reveals that the Pentagon’s AI guardrails are in pretty good shape.
If we can ‘enhance’ the already-established AI guardrails at the Department of Defense, and expand them – the rest of the government could adopt the same precautions.
‘That’s something we’re exploring right now,’ he continued, saying that it could ‘set the standard’ for commercial entities too.
One other issue on top of the committee’s agenda is to ‘shore up’ a loophole in export controls on graphics processing unit (GPU) chips to ensure China doesn’t get access.
‘I’m glad that Congress has started to exercise oversight function on this and educated itself on AI,’ said Gallagher
During a hearing in the Senate Tuesday, the founder of ChatGPT — an AI chatbot developed from Open AI technology — urged Congress to start regulating the emerging technology.
ChatGPT’s Sam Altman warned lawmakers: “If this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong.”
He urged Congress to create stricter regulations regarding AI – something the House China Committee is already looking into.
‘We’re exploring various ideas for a potential hearing or maybe a different format for an activity that would further debate on AI,’ Gallagher added.
‘I’m glad that Congress has started to exercise oversight function on this and educated itself on AI.’
Gallagher noted that President Biden is going to discuss AI during the ongoing G7 meetings in Japan with world leaders.
The president arrived Thursday in Hiroshima, Japan, despite ongoing negotiations with Congress on how to stave off the debt ceiling crisis.
Biden canceled the second leg of his trip to Australia and Papua New Guinea to return home and resume negotiations.
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers led by Gallagher are heading to London Thursday to meet with top UK leaders to find ways for both nations to work together in order to effectively counter China’s growing aggression on multiple fronts.
‘Chinese Communist Party aggression is global, and the United States and United Kingdom face common economic, military and ideological threats posed by the CCP,’ Gallagher told DailyMail.com regarding the upcoming trip.
On Friday, the China hawks will meet with the UK’s Deputy National Security Adviser Beth Sizeland and Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace.
The lawmakers will also attend the inaugural meeting of the ‘Reagan-Jackson Security Dialogue,’ held over the weekend in Cambridge by the Ronald Reagan Institute and London-based Henry Jackson Society.