In 2019 AI became a political, human rights and trade issue. Where does this leave China’s AI superstars?


It was the first time human rights was cited as a reason for inclusion on the US trade blacklist. — SCMP

When Beijing declared plans to become the world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) in 2017, it alarmed the US and the rest of the world, according to former US secretary of state John Kerry.

In a conference in May, Kerry said Chinese president Xi Jinping’s announcement was not the “wisest” move: “It would have probably been smart to go try to do it and not announce it, because the announcement was heard in Washington and elsewhere.”

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