China’s government has expressed concerns over developments in the field of artificial intelligence and asked for more stringent national security measures.
According to the Associated Press news agency, the meeting was chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping and the leader of the Communist Party, which emphasized the protection of political security and improving the security of artificial intelligence, including Internet data.
Xi Jinping, who is the country’s president as well as military commander and head of the Communist Party’s National Security Commission, has asked to keep a close eye on the complex challenges facing national security.
In the statement released after the meeting, it has been said that, along with global epidemics and nuclear war, reducing the risk of extinction due to artificial intelligence should also be a priority for countries at the global level.
China’s statement on the dangers associated with artificial intelligence has come at a time when scientists and technology industry leaders in the United States also expressed the same views, calling artificial intelligence a threat to humanity.
China nevertheless devotes enormous resources to suppressing any potential political threats to Communist Party supremacy. This is the reason why the Chinese government has allocated more budget for the police and security forces than for the army.
In an effort to maintain party power, China has also cracked down on the technology sector, but like other countries, the Asian power has had trouble regulating technological advances.
According to local Chinese newspaper Beijing Youth Daily, the recent meeting emphasized the ability to assess potential threats, take security measures, ensure national security and public interests, and control artificial intelligence.
China warned about the need to regulate artificial intelligence as early as 2018, but despite this, China has been heavily funding the development of the sector.