U.S. Limits Exports of Artificial Intelligence Software


The United States government’s concerns about the involvement of China in technology are leading to significant restrictions on Artificial Intelligence.
On Friday, the Trump administration took firm measures to press exports of AI software to keep subtle and sensitive technologies out of the hands of competing powers like China. According to this new rule, which will go into effect on January 6th, businesses that export specific geospatial imagery software from the U.S must unfailingly apply for a license if they wish to send it overseas except for when it is being dispatched to Canada.
This ban is the first to be applied under a 2018 law, which is known as the Export Control Reform Act or ECRA. The rule is meant to prevent the rivals from easily copying American technology or pinpointing security flaws.
James Lewis, a tech expert with the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, says, “They want to keep American companies from helping the Chinese make better AI products that can help their military.”
Reuters noted that this newly introduced rule will most likely be welcomed by companies because it has been afraid of a broader restriction on exports of most AI software and hardware.
Mr. Lewis says that the measure covers software that could be employed by drones, sensors, and satellites to mechanize the procedure of recognizing targets for both civilian and military ends. He notes it was a boon for the industry, which feared a much broader crackdown.
This measure is said to be confirmed by the Commerce Department under a mandate from a 2018 law, which tasked the organization with writing rules to enhance the oversight of exports of profound technology to rivals like China, for both the economic and security causes.
The rule would go into effect in the U.S alone; however, the U.S. authorities could submit it to global bodies later to form a level playing field internationally.
This measure comes amidst rising frustration from Republican and Democratic lawmakers over the sluggish roll-out of rules reinforcing export panels, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, commending the Commerce Department to hasten the course.