09.12.2019 — https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/exodus-3000-taiwanese-chip-engineers-flee-mainland-made-china-2025
3,000 Taiwanese Chip Engineers Flee To Mainland For “Made in China 2025”
The trade war between the US and China has morphed into a tech war where both countries are rapidly decoupling their economies from one another, but at the same time, advancing technologies as the artificial intelligence (AI) arms race will heat up by the mid-2020s.
China, which we reported last night has ordered all government offices and public companies to replace foreign PCs and software with domestic made alternatives within three years, wants to dominate the world through its military power and AI, along with advanced weaponry like hypersonic missiles, fifth-generation fighters, and laser weapons. To do this, President Xi Jinping has already launched huge initiatives, such as state-funded programs to spur innovation in AI.
One such development in the tech war turned AI arms race between the US, is that China is now attracting semiconductor engineers from Taiwan to further ‘Made in China 2025’ initiative, reported Nikkei Asian Review. (1)
More than 3,000 semiconductor engineers have left Taiwan for new jobs on the mainland. The recent departure was so significant that it’s equivalent to 10% of all chip engineers on the island. (…)
Full article here: Taiwan-3000-chip-engineers-flee-to-China191209
Martin Zeis, 15.05.2018 10:30
Following an excerpt of an article about a wide-range revolt among Google-employees who refuse to work on Project Maven, a clandestine AI Drone Project for the Pentagon. see:
Added below an Open Letter in Support of Google Employees and Tech Workers, published by ICRAC (International Commitee for Robot Arms Control, 13.05.2018
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… Around a dozen Google employees have quit and close to 4,000 have signed a petition over the company’s involvement in a controversial military pilot program known as “Project Maven,” which will use artificial intelligence to speed up analysis of drone footage.
Project Maven, a fast-moving Pentagon project also known as the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team (AWCFT), was established in April 2017. Maven’s stated mission is to “accelerate DoD’s integration of big data and machine learning.” In total, the Defense Department spent $7.4 billion on artificial intelligence-related areas in 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The project’s first assignment was to help the Pentagon efficiently process the deluge of video footage collected daily by its aerial drones—an amount of footage so vast that human analysts can’t keep up. –Gizmodo
Project Maven will use machine learning to identify vehicles and other objects from drone footage – with the ultimate goal of enabling the automated detection and identification of objects in up to 38 categories – including the ability to track individuals as they come and go from different locations.
Project Maven’s objective, according to Air Force Lt. Gen. John N.T. “Jack” Shanahan, director for Defense Intelligence for Warfighter Support in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, “is to turn the enormous volume of data available to DoD into actionable intelligence and insights.” –DoD
The internal revolt began shortly after Google revealed its involvement in the project nearly three months ago.
Some Google employees were outraged that the company would offer resources to the military for surveillance technology involved in drone operations, sources said, while others argued that the project raised important ethical questions about the development and use of machine learning. –Gizmodo
The resigned employees cited a range of frustrations, from ethical concerns over the use of AI in a battlefield setting, to larger concerns over Google’s overall political decisions. …