Impact on Issues and Uncertainties

➚➚ Accelerating expansion of AI

➚➚ Accelerating emergence of the AI-world

➚ Redrawing of the power map of the world along AI-power status lines

➚ Escalating AI-power race notably between the U.S. and China.
➚ Rising challenge for the rest of the world to catch up

China  influence and capability in terms of A.I.
U.S. feeling threatened, which is possibly a factor of global instability

 Potential for escalating tension U.S. – China, including between AI actors

Facts and Analysis


Our ongoing series: The Future Artificial Intelligence – Powered World

Artificial Intelligence – Forces, Drivers and Stakes

One of the drivers we identified as powering AI, its development and spread is “needs and usage”. We then noted that this driver was particularly active in the case of China.

The deployment of a beta version of Baidu EZDL is one more evidence in this direction. In a nutshell, Baidu EZDL is a platform for machine learning, which may be used by anyone and notably small and medium size companies without AI capabilities (we have not yet tested its ease of use or its claims). It is currently limited to object recognition, images and sound. It is likely, nonetheless to vastly spread the use of AI among first Chinese small and medium-sized companies, and then globally.

This enhances China – and Baidu – positions in the AI-world in construction, while promoting globally the expansion of AI. It also escalates competition in terms of AI between China and the U.S., when tensions between the two countries is high because of the U.S. declared trade war.

Source and Signal

Baidu EZDL website

Michael Feldman, Baidu Launches ‘No-Code’ Tool for Building Machine Learning Models, Top500, 4 September 2018:

Baidu Launches ‘No-Code’ Tool for Building Machine Learning Models

Baidu Launches ‘No-Code’ Tool for Building Machine Learning Models Search giant Baidu has released EZDL, a software development platform for non-programmers who want to build production-level machine learning models.


Published by Dr Helene Lavoix (MSc PhD Lond)

Dr Helene Lavoix, PhD Lond (International Relations), is the President/CEO of The Red Team Analysis Society. She is specialised in strategic foresight and warning for international relations, national and international security issues. Her current focus is on the war in Ukraine, international order and the rise of China, the overstepping of planetary boundaries and international relations, the methodology of SF&W, radicalisation as well as new tech and security.

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