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Chinese Communist Party Funds Washington Think Tanks

United Front Work Department conducts aggressive influence operations in U.S. Bill Gertz reports: China’s Communist Party is intensifying covert influence operations in the United States that include funding Washington think tanks and coercing [...]

Lost in Robo-Translation

Sue Halpern writes: A few days before I left for a trip to Japan with my husband, I signed up to rent a translation device called Pocketalk. According to a press release from January, when the device debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las [...]

What if Google ruled North Korea?

Michael Brendan Dougherty writes: Kevin Kelly of Wired magazine wants us to welcome the future, where the ubiquity and power of surveillance technology make our lives completely transparent to society, government, and even ourselves. It will be [...]

China Dominance & East Asia: Echoes of Japan in WWII

Historian Victor Davis Hanson explains how China is following the same path to regional hegemony that Japan did in the 1930s. Victor Davis Hanson writes: A few weeks ago, Chinese president Xi Jinping offered a Soviet-style five-year plan for [...]

AI Can Be Made Legally Accountable for Its Decisions

Computer scientists, cognitive scientists, and legal scholars say AI systems should be able to explain their decisions without revealing all their secrets. By Emerging Technology from the arXiv Artificial intelligence is set to play a significantly [...]

China’s AI Awakening 中国 人工智能 的崛起

The West shouldn’t fear China’s artificial-intelligence revolution. It should copy it. Will Knight reports: On a tropical island that marks the southern tip of China, a computer program called Lengpudashi is playing one-on-one poker against a [...]

Robots Aren’t as Smart as You Think

As robots get good at mimicking human behavior, people can be deceived into thinking they have human intelligence. So let’s put them to the test. Angelica Lim writes:  A few years ago I met a robot in a Japanese-style café in Osaka. She wore a [...]

The Chinese World Order

Andrew J. Nathan writes: Ten years ago the journalist James Mann published a book called The China Fantasy, in which he criticized American policymakers for using something he called “the Soothing Scenario” to justify the policy of diplomatic [...]

Article 9 and Japan’s Missile Defense Dilemma

After North Korea’s recent missile tests over Japan, new questions have been raised about the ‘pacifist clause’ of the Japanese Constitution and the effectiveness of Japan’s missile defense strategy. How could Shinzo Abe respond? Charles [...]

Japan Buries Our Most-Cherished Economic Ideas

The country has mountains of debt and a tight job market. So where’s the inflation? Noah Smith writes: Japan is the graveyard of economic theories. The country has had ultralow interest rates and run huge government deficits for decades, [...]

Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario for AI Threat

Powerful technology will threaten all human jobs, could even spark a war, Tesla CEO says. Tim Higgins writes: Elon Musk warned a gathering of U.S. governors that they need to be concerned about the potential dangers from the rise of artificial [...]

Why China Is Afraid Of Ailing Dissident Liu Xiaobo

Since Chinese authorities won’t let Liu Xiaobo leave China for medical help, he probably will die soon. But his efforts to speak the truth will endure. Helen Raleigh writes: Chinese authorities accuse dying Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo of being [...]

How (Not) to Kill Kim Jong Un

The history of failed attempts on the lives of Pyongyang’s leaders shows if you come for the Kims, you better not miss. Adam Rawnsley writes: The two dozen commandos trained to kill North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung on a remote island off the [...]