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How China's Artificial Intelligence Strategy Stacks Up Against U.S. Investments

Artificial intelligence is becoming a key factor in the future of economic and military competition around the world. China has been a leader in the field.
A doctor examines a magnetic resonance image of a human brain during the CHAIN Cup at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, June 30, 2018. A computer running artificial intelligence software defeated two teams of human doctors in accurately recognizing maladies in magnetic resonance images on Saturday, in a contest that was billed as the world's first competition in neuroimaging between AI and human experts. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

Artificial intelligence is becoming a key factor in the future of economic and military competition around the world.

China has been a leader in the field, with heavy investments in AI research and development, and President Trump wants to help the U.S. play catch-up to China with a new AI strategy. Trump signed an executive order this month that gets “the ball rolling on increasing investment in artificial intelligence,” says Gregory Allen (@Gregory_C_Allen) with the Center for a New American Security.

“The actual budget totals of what the federal government is going to spend on AI, we don’t really know yet,” he tells ‘s Eric Westervelt (). “I do think it is safe to say though that historically over the past years, China has demonstrated significantly greater levels of strategic focus and

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