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According to the Financial Times, a former US Air Force scientist is enraged by missed possibilities.
According to the Pentagon's recently retired first chief of software officer, China is likely to dominate the artificial intelligence area, and he stepped down because the US had been too sluggish to create the technology.
Nicolas Chaillan, a technology entrepreneur, quit the Department of Defense a week ago after three years of working with the US Air Force to build cyber security technologies. He quit, though, because he couldn't stand watching the US struggle with AI, according to the Financial Times.
He was cited in the UK-based publication as saying, "We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years." "Right now, it's a done deal; in my perspective, it's already finished."
The 37-year-old expressed his displeasure with the rate of progress in the United States, claiming that AI was more important to the country's interests than military hardware. Earlier last year, a congressionally authorized national security panel issued similar concerns about China's impending AI superiority.
Security for 'Kindergartens'
According to Chaillan, part of the issue was Google's reluctance to collaborate with the Defense Department on the technology. In his resignation letter, Chaillan claimed that military people were put in charge of cyber security although they lacked the necessary expertise.
He wrote, "[W]e are preparing vital infrastructure to fail." "We wouldn't put a pilot in the cockpit without substantial training; why should we expect someone with no IT skills to be successful?" Our competitors advanced while we were wasting time in bureaucracy."
As a result, he was cited as suggesting that cyber defenses in certain government offices were at "kindergarten levels."