At the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai this week, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He called on the international community to work as a collective in the development of AI research, striking a starkly different tone to previous government officials who have pushed for China to be a world leader in the technology.
“We’re hoping that all countries, as members of the global village, will be inclusive and support each other so that we can respond to the double-edged sword effect of new technologies,” said Liu.
“AI represents a new era. Cross-national and cross-discipline cooperation is inevitable.”
Last year, China’s State Council issued a plan to promote China’s global dominance in AI technology by 2030. However, recent disputes with the US have highlighted the weaknesses of China’s tech infrastructure, and that may have made those in Beijing less hawkish, according to Bloomberg.
Liu was joined by Alibaba’s Jack Ma and executives from Google and Microsoft, who affirmed their commitment to AI research in China through the unveiling of new labs and research taking place in tech hubs like Shanghai.