Inside AI Policy

April 12, 2024

DARPA director cites U.S. advantages in AI race with China, describes government role

By Charlie Mitchell / March 21, 2024

Stefanie Tompkins, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, says the U.S. and China each have advantages in the race to develop and deploy artificial intelligence technologies, but that dispersed roles and responsibilities for government and the private sector is a U.S. strength that matches this country’s values.

“The answer is nuanced, it’s never as simple as ahead or behind,” Tompkins said of the U.S.-China AI competition. She acknowledged that the Chinese government has “vast data” on its citizens...

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