For Microsoft’s CEO, 2024 could look like the 1984 novel

It’s a real alarm cry that wanted to urge Microsoft President Brad Smith. As a guest on the BBC Panorama program, the chair spoke about the future of artificial intelligence and, in particular, how China is using it to monitor its citizens. He sees a great risk in this type of technology that the life described in George Orwell’s 1984 novel “could be realized in 2024” if lawmakers fail to act.

He explains as follows:

If we don’t make the laws that will protect the public in the future, we will find that technology is advancing at full speed and it will be very difficult to catch up with. I keep remembering the teachings of George Orwell in his 1984 book. You know the basic story was that of a government that could see and hear everything everyone was saying, all the time. Well it didn’t happen in 1984, but if we’re not careful it could happen in 2024.

The EU has an ambitious agenda for regulating AI

The show also provided the opportunity to hear Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, on the subject. Today he is chairman of the US National Artificial Intelligence Security Commission. The expert would like a Western cooperation in the field of AI to compete with China: “We are in a strategic geopolitical conflict with China. The way to win is to join our resources together to develop national and global strategies for democracies to win in AI. “”

Remember, Eric Schmidt has not always stood out in the past for his refusal to monitor citizens on the internet. On the contrary, he said in 2009 of the Patriot Act, which forced search engines to make certain citizens’ personal information available to the state, “If you are doing something and want no one to know, maybe you should start now, not to do.” it. “”

Note that the European Union is currently setting ambitious rules for artificial intelligence. For a full report on the matter, see our dedicated article.

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