Against the new space race: Global AI competition and cooperation for people

Date

2022-03-13

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Springer

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Article

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Yes

Abstract

This Open Forum contribution critically interrogates the use of space race rhetoric in current discussions about Artificial Intelligence (AI). According to this rhetoric, similar to the space race of the 20th century, AI development is portrayed as a rivalry among superpowers where one country will win and reap major benefits, while others will be left behind. Using this rhetoric to frame AI development tends to prioritize narrow and short-term economic interests over broader and longer-term societal needs. Three particularly problematic aspects of using space race narrative in AI discussions are highlighted: first, perceiving technology development globally as a zero-sum game; second, pressuring governments to regulate less; and third, prioritising high technologies over social issues. This contribution invites to challenge underlying political assumptions of the AI space race discourse and to open up conversations about alternative futures.

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Keywords

Artificial Intelligence, Public Policy, Politics

Citation

Ulnicane, I. (2022) Against the new space race: global AI competition and cooperation for people. AI and Society,

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Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)