Microsoft president says George Orwell's novel 1984 - where the government sees everything citizens do - 'could come to pass in 2024' if we don't beat China
- Brad Smith referenced George Orwell's seminal book '1984' when discussing government's increasing ability to monitor its citizens
- He said that the book's message of surveillance could come about in three years
- Smith further elaborated that he feared the capabilities of technology would surpass the human ability to control it
- The chair of the US National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence is stating that the US needs to beat China in terms of AI capabilities
- 'If we don’t, we’ll be looking at a future where other values will be imposed on us'
- China wants to become the greatest AI power in the world by 2030
- Americans are concerned about the ability of government to collect data ...
The president of Microsoft is warning society about adopting the kind of artificial intelligence once only imagined in science fiction dystopian novels.
Brad Smith referenced George Orwell's seminal book '1984' when discussing government's increasing ability to monitor its citizens. Critics are particularly focused on China, which has ambitions of leading the world in artificial intelligence within the next decade.
'I'm constantly reminded of George Orwell's lessons in his book 1984. You know the fundamental story…was about a government who could see everything that everyone did and hear everything that everyone said all the time,' Smith said to the BBC during an interview that aired on its Panorama program this week.
In '1984,' citizens live under the threat of constant surveillance and censorship, with cameras seemingly tracking their every move. ...
Artificial intelligence is the area of computer science that concerns the utilization of machines to take on tasks that used to require human intelligence. One aspect of artificial intelligence could involve the capability of machines to recognize patterns, which totalitarian governments could utilize to hinder speech or actions they disagree with, a la '1984.'
China has said that it wants to become the greatest AI power in the world by 2030.
In 2019, China secured more patents than the United States for AI innovation at academic institutions. Additionally, China contains 54 percent of the world's CCTV cameras, according to Comparitech.
Smith further elaborated that he feared the capabilities of technology would surpass the human ability to control it.
'If we don’t enact the laws that will protect the public in the future, we are going to find the technology racing ahead, and it’s going to be very difficult to catch up,' Smith said.
Bigger U.S. cities have an average of over 112,000 CCTV cameras, or about 2,200 for every 10,000 citizens, according to a report in February.
China, meanwhile, has 15,880,491 CCTV cameras in places like Shanghai, equal to a camera for every man, woman and child.
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