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AI War: US vs. China

China has been making a lot of waves on the media about its AI endeavors. The country is determined to build a global AI empire and seed the tech ecosystem of the future.

Not so fast.

President Trump signed an executive order last month to launch the US government’s AI strategy, called the American AI Initiative.

Last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) showcased nine ambitious projects as part of the AI Next initiative, a new five-year, $2 billion plan to bring about new advances in AI.

“We are harvesting the intellectual fruit that was planted decades ago,” says John Everett, deputy director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office. “That’s why we’re looking at far forward challenges—challenges that might not come to fruition for a decade.”

China is thriving in AI because of an abundance of data. DARPA’s initiative is designed to keep the US ahead with the invention of the next big ideas. This AI war, if kept healthy, will shape our society in the future in a great way.

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