China already has nation wide face recognition deployment. When you check into hotels, for instance, they match a photo they take of you with the one on your id card. AI is mostly an engineering, I don’t see that much point in much of the AI theory research done in academia. Neural nets/backpropagation is something any good theoretical physicist could have come up with given the right motivation. Back when it was discovered in the 70s, there was not enough computing power for it to be useful so it was still treated much as a curiosity/theoretical construct. So I don’t regard the idea itself as that valuable even. It’s more about the later refinement and implementation at scale.
China seems much faster at getting shit done. Like, food delivery and mobile payment is already well implemented and taken for granted in China. It has to do with that Chinese work hard and efficiently and it also has to do that they make decisions faster, much less time wasted arguing.
Not that a decoupling wouldn’t hurt, but that it’s too late for it to be decisive.
Decoupling would only benefit China. If you examine closely, China has not gotten much from direct interaction with America in modern times. What America has given China is mostly a destructive comprador class coupled with toxic liberal ideology. Forcibly seizing their assets and investing such capital into industry and modernization back in the 50s has proven to be decisive to where China is today.
Even after the reform and opening up, what genuinely critical technology has China actually gotten directly from America? It’s really difficult to think of. Most of the core technology China has developed was done by domestic institutions and in the case of the military ones, with some input from Russia and Ukraine. I can’t think of any Chinese institution that actually developed serious technology while interacting closely with America. Lenovo the PC maker is basically a PC assembly shop based off Intel and Windows that moved its headquarters to USA after the IBM Thinkpad purchase, nothing to write home about. Its founder is now widely despised in China. On the other hand, Huawei has developed some serious technology, and its founder never had any experience abroad. His company doesn’t IPO and he doesn’t ever go to America to status whore with Silicon Valley billionaires the way Jack Ma does. I’ve even heard from government people in China that Jack Ma is going to end up in jail eventually, which I found hard to believe.
Plenty within the former rich and educated in China supported the Chinese communists, and they were naturally integrated into the new system with high positions. They gave up some of their wealth for the greater good and after that they were still much better off than the average Chinese. Unfortunately, there was also a group of 买办亡国奴 who thought it was a better idea to continue to act as puppets for a nation and race that treats them like dogs and only rewards them to the extent that they are useful while entertaining delusions of superiority. Shame, shame, shame…