The Cyberlaw Podcast: Did AlphaGo Launch an Arms Race With China?

By Stewart Baker
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 12:30 PM

In this episode, I interview , author of a on China’s plan for military uses of artificial intelligence—a plan that seems to have been accelerated by the asymmetric impact of AlphaGo on the other side of the Pacific.

In the news, Brian Egan notes that China’s perspective on “” was further elaborated at China’s World Internet Conference and I point out that China continues its “two steps forward, one step back” process of .

explains that the U.S. financial institutions’ “” could just as easily be cast as “fire hydrant standardization.” It could be, but it won’t, at least not by headline writers.

Nick also for failing to follow U.S. law in responding to .

I take a victory lap, as the director of national intelligence promises to apply the Gates procedures to . As recommended by me (well, and the House intelligence committee). No need to call them the Baker procedures, though, guys.

Bleeping Computer says into modern devices. Maybe so, I offer, but whether that includes encryption is not at all clear. 

Finally, Nick digs into the remarkable work that Citizen Lab and Bill Marczak continue to do on . He says, with evidence, that efforts to control sales to untrustworthy governments are actually working.

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