China’s ruling Communist Party on Tuesday called for stronger national security measures and stressed the risks posed by advances in artificial intelligence.
A committee led by the party leader and country’s president, Xi Jinping, urged “dedicated efforts to safeguard political security and improve governance of internet data security and artificial intelligence,” the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Xi, who is the head of state, top army commander and chairman of the National Security Commission, called at the meeting to “remain very attentive to the complicated and challenging circumstances facing national security.”
China needs “a new pattern of development with a new security architecture,” Xi said, according to statements reported by Xinhua.
China already devotes enormous resources to suppressing any apparent political threat to party dominance, and spending on police and security personnel exceeds the army’s budget.
Although it relentlessly censors street protests and online criticism, citizens have continued to express their discontent with the government’s measures, such as the recent draconian lockdowns to combat the spread of COVID-19.
China has tightened controls over its technology sector in an effort to reassert party control, but like other countries you are having trouble regulating a developing technology.
Concerns about AI systems outpacing human intelligence and getting out of hand have intensified with the rise of a new generation of AI chatbots like ChatGPT.
A group of scientists and technology industry leaders, including senior executives at Microsoft and Google, issued a new warning Tuesday about the dangers artificial intelligence poses to humanity.
“Mitigate the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority on a par with other risks to the whole of society such as pandemics and nuclear war,” the statement said.
More than 1,000 researchers and technologists, including Elon Musk, who is visiting China, had signed a much longer letter earlier this year calling for a six-month moratorium on AI development.
The letter noted that AIs pose “profound risks to society and humanity” and some people involved in the matter have proposed a United Nations treaty to regulate the technology.