Small states and the Sino-US battle for AI supremacy

A new Cold War may have a chilling effect on collaborative research. But smaller players still have room to carve out a niche for themselves

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China and the United States have brought the world to two inflection points.

The first inflection point is the arrival of what The New York Times, Forbes and Fortune magazine have called a "new Cold War" between these two superpowers. Current bilateral tensions may not yet display all the characteristics of the Soviet-American Cold War, but US Vice-President Mike Pence's speech on the China threat earlier this month may have paved the way for more hostile behaviour.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 26, 2018, with the headline Small states and the Sino-US battle for AI supremacy. Subscribe