Will AI be China’s Trojan Horse in foreign policy?

Jul 30, 2018, 7:55 AM EDT
(Source: Republic of Korea/flickr)
(Source: Republic of Korea/flickr)

China’s ambitions to rise above the rest in the global space requires more than just human efforts and apparently artificial intelligence is its willing ally in the race. Beijing certainly thinks AI has all the earmarks of developing into a shrewd diplomat that anticipates foreign moves and pulls out counter strategies borrowing from its adeptness at chess or other board games.

The AI “policymaker” sifts through huge amounts of data on strategies of international politics, churning out a range of options to officials, who need to arrive at a quick decision in handling foreign affairs, writes South China Morning Post.

The output from an AI “policymaker” is unaffected by passion, honor, fear, morals or other subjective factors but the system has its own limitations, such as lack of enough data in certain countries and the need to clearly lay down the goal of a diplomatic interaction at the very outset.