The United States no longer has a competitive chance against China in the battle for artificial intelligence (AI) supremacy in the coming years, according to the former Defense Department software chief.
“We no longer have a competitive chance against China in 15 to 20 years,” former Pentagon software chief Nicolas Chaillan told the Financial Times (Monday edition) a week after his resignation.
The 37-year-old Chaillan, who resigned in protest of slow technological change in the U.S., added: “China is about to dominate and control the future of the world. Cyber defense in the U.S., on the other hand, is still at ‘kindergarten level’ in some government agencies, he said.”
The expert also criticized Google’s reluctance to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Defense on AI, which has slowed U.S. progress in this area.
“The Americans are just creating the vital infrastructure for defeat,” Nicolas Chaillan wrote in his resignation letter. He added: “Without the necessary flight training, no pilot will be in the cockpit; how will anyone succeed without IT experience?”
In July, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that the U.S. would invest $1.5 billion in artificial intelligence development over the next five years to better meet its responsibilities in this area.