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I work at ValueFirst Digital Media Private Ltd. I am a Product Marketer in the Surbo Team. Surbo is Chatbot Generator Platform owned by Value First.

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By satyamkapoor |Email | Dec 27, 2017 | 14184 Views

The Advertiser revealed this month an AI institute involved in defense research is expected to be the first tenant on the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site. The State Government and the University of Adelaide announced the $7.1 million Institute for Machine Learning, and a Chinese university has been singled out for collaboration. It comes amid increasing global concern about the way China's Communist Party uses partnerships with overseas universities to strengthen the PLA.

The institute's interim Vice-Chancellor Mike Brooks highlighted the importance of AI and the states opportunity to lead the nation. China's President has declared artificial intelligence and machine learning to be a top priority in the years ahead and the eminent Shanghai Jiao Tong University is very keen to partner with us in this domain, he said.

Reports over several years named Jiao Tong University as a recruiting ground for the PLA's spies and hackers. A University of Adelaide spokesman said there were no defense research links with Jiao Tong and that the emphasis on defense on this occasion is unwarranted and that there was no Chinese investment.

Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University, said the Chinese Government saw the development of AI as central to the growing sophistication of their military forces.

You'd have to be naive to think that any AI research ... will not end up in any part of the Chinese Government where it's useful, he said. That's why they enter into these collaborations, to get access to knowledge that would otherwise be denied. We've seen several Australian universities directly collaborating with China's military scientists and the truth is it's likely that Australian science is assisting China's armed forces to gain superiority over the Americans, which could come back to bite us.

The university spokesman said it operated with the utmost integrity to comply with defense export controls. Artificial intelligence research can be of benefit in a great many fields that have nothing to do with defence, he said. He said initial discussions with the Chinese university have been brief and general, with some talk only of a possible PhD student exchange. The head of the Australian Strategic Policy Unit, Peter Jennings shared concerns that China did not distinguish between military and civilian research.

Source: The Advertiser