Microsoft President: Laws are needed against A.I. in surveillance

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Brad Smith says the dystopian nightmare described in "1984" might soon be reality if laws are not made urgently to guard against A.I. in surveillance technology.

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4. Chinese policeman watching surveillance monitors, listening to audio
5. Man walking through metal detector, being patted down
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VOICEOVER (in English):
Microsoft president Brad Smith told the BBC's Panorama program that the authoritarian hell depicted in George Orwell's novel, "1984", could come to pass in 2024 if lawmakers didn't protect the public against A.I.

Smith was interviewed for a Panorama episode that explores China's increasing use of A.I. to monitor its citizens.

Smith said: "If we don't enact the laws that will protect the public in the future, we are going to find the technology racing ahead, and it's going to be very difficult to catch up."

Smith said Orwell's book was about a government that could see and hear everything that everyone did and said.

The Panorama episode also looks at the complex competition between the West and China to create increasingly sophisticated A.I. for surveillance and control.

China is currently the world leader in this, and 54 percent of the world's 770 million CCTV cameras are in China.

The U.S. government's A.I. chief, Eric Schmidt, also spoke to Panorama, saying that Western democracies need to create strategies to beat China in the field of A.I.


SOURCES: BBC, BBC Panorama
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57122120
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000wft2
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09hzxb1