If Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on the Air Staff at the Pentagon is talking and thinking about China against the backdrop of AI, it should mean something.
Jamieson has, reportedly, remarked on China’s ability to steal a lead in AI. China’s digital artificial intelligence cities, in a military-civilian partnership, are examples enough to raise a brow.
Jamieson’s estimates reckon the total spending on artificial intelligence systems in China in 2017 at $12 billion and about to grow to at least $70 billion by 2020. If Jamieson is concerned about arming soldiers with answers for real-time decisions through AI and is counting virtual battle-spaces in the same breath as physical ones, well, AI seems to have entered the geopolitical tussle already.