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China’s technological developments are growing, especially artificial intelligence ( AI ) technology . In fact, this has become a concern for the former CEO of Google , Eric Schmidt. China’s rapid development in AI technology has made Schmidt “push” the US government to embrace countries from Asia, namely Japan and South Korea to fight China in the artificial intelligence competition. According to Schmidt, China’s ability to develop artificial intelligence is getting closer to the US. “That’s a big problem,” said Schmidt in an interview with Nikei Asia. Schmidt said the US should maintain leadership in several strategic areas, such as AI, semiconductors, energy, quantum computing and synthetic biology. This requires support from other countries. “We have to strengthen relationships with Japanese researchers, Japanese universities, the Japanese government, as well as South Korea and Europe,” said the man who has worked for Google and Alphabet for 19 years. He suggested that Washington establish coordination to maintain communication with the Japanese side and its partners in Tokyo, as well as other countries.

“We want Japan to have a coordinating group within the Japanese government that shares our views as important and ensures that universities take on each other’s roles, companies share information to facilitate cooperation,” said Schmidt. For your information, Schmidt, who retired from the position of Chief Executive of Google’s parent Alphabet in 2018, has been chairman of the commission to make AI-related policy recommendations to the president and Congress since 2019. In the commission’s final report released last March, it was stated that the US should be vigilant. Because if we don’t act quickly, the US will lose its position as a leader in AI in the next decade. This condition also makes the US more vulnerable to threats from AI. Schimdt also alluded to the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, a group consisting of the US, Japan, India and Australia. The group, said Schmidt, is a very good group if there is a permanent structure and can ensure that each country talks to each other, not just holding country-level meetings. Despite encouraging competitive efforts, Schmidt described the US-China relationship as a “rivarly partnership”.

That is, China is not a complete enemy of the US, where bilateral relations must end. However, the US can also cooperate with China in other areas, such as issues of environmental change, health, and other non-strategic fields. “It’s a competition, but we’re actually partnering with them in a lot of ways too. You have to look at each issue as ‘whether it’s strategic or not’,” explains Schmidt. Semiconductor competition When asked about the competition in semiconductors, Schmidt argued that pouring money into the sector was not enough to solve the problem. This is because one of the giant semiconductor manufacturers from Taiwan, namely Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), has been in the industry for 20 years. “That’s a hard thing to do,” he said. TSMC itself plans to open factories in China and Arizona. According to Schmidt, for some technical reasons, the plant will not be as sophisticated as the existing factory facilities in Taiwan. “For me, China is very dependent on Taiwan, but so is the US, because the US went out of this business 15-20 years ago,” Schmidt explained. He also stressed the importance of building manufacturing facilities in the US as well as in Taiwan. Schmidt also mentioned Samsung , which is judged not fully appreciate in the semiconductor industry. And he said, Samsung chipset Exynos very good.

Although he has made recommendations, Schmidt does not yet know when his recommendations will be adopted by the Joe Biden administration. Because, at this time, Biden still focus control the pandemic covid-19 in the country. Schmidt claimed that the commission played a huge role in pushing the Senate made the Act (the Act) Innovation and Competition Act that includes massive investments in the field of AI, quantum computing, and other cutting-edge research. “We will obviously continue to push for efforts to turn the bill into law,” Schmidt said. The commission will be dissolved in October after submitting a final report to the government earlier this year, as summarized by KompasTekno from Nikkei Asia, Monday (12/7/2021).


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