Concerns over China’s cyber activities in the Middle East

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Matthew Kroenig, a professor at Georgetown University, expressed concerns on ‘FOX & Friends regarding China’s heightened cyber activities against the U.S.

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White House apprehension

This comes amid the White House’s apprehensions about the growing partnership between Chinese industry and the Middle East in artificial intelligence (AI).

Dr. Georgianna Shea, Chief Technologist at the Foundation for Defense of Democracy’s Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation, emphasized the parallels with past technology challenges. “It’s very reminiscent of the Huawei issue where you have these technologies with 5G,” she said to Fox News Digital.

“Everyone’s using [5G] so that it becomes a backdoor into a lot of different systems within the United States.

AI offers that same opportunity when [China] partners with our allies: They can both get in on the development side of it and, possibly, skew some of those biases or directly go through and pull out the intellectual property from what’s being put into the model.”

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U.S.-UAE Discussions on AI: A Delicate Balance

The Biden administration has been in dialogue with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regarding their connections with Beijing, especially with Emirati company G42, known for its Jais AI model.

This interaction highlights the strategic concerns of the U.S. in the region’s technological alliances.

Omar Sultan Al Olama, the Emirati Minister of Artificial Intelligence, stressed the need for the Middle East to avoid past technology mistakes.

He mentioned the delayed adoption of the printing press, which he described as “over-regulation.”

Investment Shifts and Geopolitical Tensions

Investment trends show a significant increase in Gulf states’ spending in China, rising from $100 million in 2022 to $2.3 billion this year.

This shift is indicative of the changing geopolitical landscape, despite ongoing tensions between the UAE and the U.S. over security concerns.

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The Complex Web of AI, Security, and Influence

Dr. Georgianna Shea highlighted the widespread influence of technologies like TikTok, comparing it to the potential impact of AI. “TikTok is one of those types of technology that is… very prevalent,” she noted.

“If people have the option to use an advanced tool, they will. When you use AI, you put in your information, you put in your questions, you put in your search capabilities, and all of that then gets consumed into a data model. Everything you had over into that query area is pretty much handed over.”

The Global Race for AI Supremacy

The race for AI dominance involves multiple players, including the U.S., China, and nations in the Middle East.

The complex interplay of technology, security, and international relations underscores the strategic importance of AI in current global dynamics.

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