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Last thinkers are engaged on issues of AI integrity and outside. A powerful philosopher in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, zhao Tingyang, has written a long article on near-term and long-term AI safety problems , including the prospect of superintelligence. Professor Zhihua Zhou, who leads an impressive lab at Nanjing University, argued in an article for the China Computer Federation that though strong AI is possible, it is something which AI researchers should stay away from.


ChinAI Jeff Ding’s weekly newsletter reporting on the Chinese AI scene; on the event of this publication’s first anniversary, Ding has posted a roundup of things about the Chinese AI scene that the remainder of the world does not know about, or even harbors incorrect beliefs about.


It is an excellent list, but three factors jumped out at me:


1. Most Chinese AI researchers are very current on the advancement AI researchers are making across the planet and read English ; couple westerners read professionals rely on fragmentary evidence from the article that appears in translation.


2. Chinese AI’s reputation has been overinflated: part of the problem with fragmentary reporting outside the Chinese language media is the fact that it provides an picture of Chinese AI’s nation. In particular, the narrative of Chinese AI being blindsided from the massive amounts of data that the Chinese country and Chinese businesses have amassed is exaggerated, as these businesses are riven by internal divisions that prevent data-sharing among different programs, as distinct executives seek to maximize their particular branch’s performance.


3. China has a massive, ongoing AI ethics and human rights debate: this debate includes labs, whistleblowers, professors, and philosophers.

You will find other interesting points (including the central role that Microsoft has played incubating the Chinese AI scene, and the active complicity of China’s biggest AI vendors in human rights abuses), but these three factors alone were worth the price of admission.

Chinese folks — including regular netizens, philosophy academics, data protection officers — caution about AI-related ethics issues, including privacy. Let us dispel once and for all with this particular fiction that there aren’t any discussions of AI integrity. It is perfectly sensible to highlight differences in the level to which privacy is important to Chinese customers or beliefs of AI integrity, but it is dehumanizing to say people don’t care about privacy.

Chinese tech giants struggle fight as evidenced by Tencent asking the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to intervene in a dispute involving Tencent and Huawei on alleged user privacy infringements of the Honor Magic phone. Following a yearlong investigation, a significant situation was brought by China’s Shandong Province on infringements of information against 11 big information companies and 57 people, which revealed that a debate on how best to translate a national information protection specification in July of 2018. The Nandu Personal Information Protection Research Center has assessed programs and 1550 sites for the transparency of the privacy policies.