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Candidates lay out China policy in Democratic debate
Seven presidential contenders faced off in California Thursday evening for the final Democratic debate before heading into the new year.
Some of the Democratic candidates called for a more aggressive stance towards China. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden took on China, criticizing the authoritarian country’s actions against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong and Muslim Uighurs.
Buttigieg decried the 'use of technology for the perfection of dictatorship” and warned that if elected president, he would lead a worldwide boycott of China if the regime resorted to the bloody tactics against Hong Kong protesters that were used more than 30 years ago against protesters in Beijing.
Biden said he would call for sanctions against China for its internment of Muslim Uighurs and would send “60% of our sea power to that part of the world” as a show of force, while building alliances with other Asian countries to further pressure China.
But billionaire activist Tom Steyer rejected the idea of isolating China, saying the United States would have to continue to work with the economic and political powerhouse.
The message I will send is if they perpetrate a repeat of anything like Tiananmen Square when it comes to Hong Kong, they will be isolated from the free world and we will lead that isolation both diplomatically and economically.'
Well, it is doable to take a tough stance, to signal that the United States would respond very strongly if the Chinese were to use force to crack down on the protesters in Hong Kong.
think that Andrew Yang is exactly right to focus on the use by China of facial technology to root out violent protesters in Hong Kong.
And I think that these are very concrete points that demonstrate he really has an understanding of some of these challenges that China poses in the area of technology.
Biden: 'We should be moving 60% of our sea power to that area of the world to let, in fact, the Chinese understand that they're not going to go any further.'
And she's also criticized China's very poor record on environmental protection, suppression of labor rights and years of currency manipulation.
Artificial Intelligence: Risks to Privacy and Democracy
This included the United States, which was demoted from “full democracy” to “flawed democracy.” The principal factor was “ero-sion of confidence in government and public institutions.” Interference by Russia and voter manipulation by Cambridge Analytica in the 2016 presi-dential election played a large part in that public disaffection.
Privacy, anonymity and autonomy are the main casualties of AI’s ability to manipulate choices in economic and political decisions.The way forward requires greater attention to these risks at the nation-al level, and attendant regulation.
[Editor’s Note: In today’s post, returning guest blogger and proclaimed Mad Scientist Howard R.
Comparing the genetic engineering tool Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) to the internet in terms of its revolutionary potential, Mr. Simkin examines three scenarios where this capability could be harnessed for nefarious purposes.
It’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson, science fiction author who coined the word cyberspace in 1984.1 Purpose: This paper briefly examines the convergence of trends in technology as they affect CRISPR2 technology through the lens of three possible users of the technology – the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), a future Aum Shinrikyo3 -like entity, and a Unabomber-like4 super-empowered individual.
survey of the two most commonly available, authoritative sources on the FOE points to an ever-increasing rate of technological change, the growth of mega-cities, and the diffusion of cutting-edge technology into the hands of both state and non-state actors as well as super-empowered individuals.5 Over the next ten to twenty years, the world will experience dramatic changes in technology.
Governments and businesses are investing billions of dollars into research programs and tech startups associated with all five of the technological fields shown in Figure 1.6 The convergence of these technologies, impelled by increasingly capable Artificial Intelligence (AI) will drive change that will approximate that of Moore’s Law – doubling in power while halving in cost every two years.
Our adversaries – states, non-state actors, and super-empowered individuals – will undoubtedly seek to harness these trends to accomplish their ends.
However, its applications to gene editing have already become significant.7 As the web magazine Futurism observed, “As the accuracy, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of the system became more and more apparent, researchers and pharmaceutical companies jumped on the technique, modifying it, improving it, and testing it on different genetic issues.”8 This tool could lead to gene editing techniques that could strengthen disease resistance and improve strength and mental abilities.
What was formerly only available at the cost of billions of dollars and years of research can now be achieved by a single individual at a nominal cost.
The original human genome project took ten years, employed a large research team with state-of-the-art laboratories, and cost a billion dollars.
To the point, in 2017 Canadian researchers at the University of Alberta revived an extinct horsepox virus using synthetic DNA strands ordered for about $100,000.
His effort opened up new possibilities for researchers looking to make better vaccines, but also those looking to use these viruses as bioweapons9 including smallpox.10 Questions This causes a number of questions to spring to mind.
The sort of enemy who would employ CRISPR to design bioweapons fits one of three profiles, each of which has their own present day or historical example.
With such underlying beliefs, the end justifies the means when dealing with inferiors.11 It doesn’t take much imagination to see that the DPRK would have no moral or ethical problems with creating an asymptomatic, race-specific, highly contagious and deadly disease.
The original organization employed Sarin in the Tokyo subway in 1995 but it also conducted extensive research and testing into bioweapons to include anthrax, botulinum toxin, and the Ebola virus in 1992 –
of human germline editing in her recent editorial entitled CRISPR’s unwanted anniversary in the journal Science: “Consequences for defying established restrictions should include, at a minimum, loss of funding and publication privileges.
The future may require the power of AI, data science, big data, and quantum computers to identify and track potential threats.
Cuiker and Mayer-Schoenberg observe that, “Using big data will sometimes mean forgoing the quest for why in return for knowing what.”14 In other words, it involves a shift from understanding causation to seeking a correlation derived from big data to provide a proxy for what you are trying to understand.
Google ran over 50 million search terms through 450 million algorithms before arriving at a list of 45 search terms that –
Using this approach, Google was able to detect warning signs within one or two days of an outbreak, pinpoint the geographic area, and even estimate the percentage of the population affected.
Some components of the solution – like a robust public health system – are already in place in the U.S. The future public health system will rapidly identify the bioweapon and begin to develop treatments.
The government will enforce such measures as social distance, allowing virulent strains to ‘burn out.’ In the future, the scientific community will use AI and quantum computing to run simulations that come up with novel approaches to mitigating the effects of any bioweapon.
In the hands of a rogue nation, a terrorist organization, or a super-empowered individual, it could unleash old diseases such as smallpox or new diseases with no known treatment.
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- On Monday, January 20, 2020
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