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China's AI tech leaves aside questions of ethics

Beijing's authoritarianism and disregard for 'how' and 'why' raise concerns

A staff member looks at a robot at the venue for the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai on July 9.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Artificial intelligence, like other forms of technology, reflects the culture and values of the people who create it and those who provide the data frameworks upon which it is built. AI technology developed in different countries or organizations may thus offer different answers to the same problem.

On June 25, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, an independent U.S. government body, released, "The Role of AI Technology in Pandemic Response and Preparedness: Recommended Investments and Initiatives." The report makes 10 recommendations, including calls for the creation of a federal "Pandemic Preparedness Dataset" and investment in "the digital modernization of state and local health infrastructure required for effective disease surveillance."

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