- A senior cybersecurity official at the Pentagon says he quit because it’s impossible to compete with China on AI.
- “We have no competing fighting chance against China in fifteen to twenty years,” Nicolas Chaillan said about our “kindergarten level” AI cyber defenses.
- Google stopped working with the Pentagon in 2018 after 12 employees quit because of a project helping them make software improving the accuracy of drone strikes.
Bill Bostock from Insider writes:
“A senior cybersecurity official at the Pentagon said he quit because he thought it was impossible for the US to compete with China on AI.
Nicolas Chaillan joined the US Air Force as its first chief software officer in August 2018. He worked to equip it and the Pentagon with the most secure and advanced software available.
But Chaillan quit on September 2. In his departing LinkedIn post, he cited the Pentagon’s reluctance to make cybersecurity and AI a priority as a reason for his resignation.
Speaking to the Financial Times in his first interview since leaving, Chaillan said China was far ahead of the US.
“We have no competing fighting chance against China in fifteen to twenty years. Right now, it’s already a done deal; it is already over in my opinion,” he said.
Chaillan went on to say that the AI capabilities and cyber defenses of some government departments were at “kindergarten level,” the FT said…”
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