The Age of Artificial Intelligence could spell DOOM for Uyghurs in China.. and the rest of the world
Updated: Mar 25, 2020
Technology has grown tremendously in the last century and we are benefiting immensely from much of its virtues. Although, with everything in life, there are always two sides to the story. In China, the Chinese Communist Party(CCP) has started implementing certain technological features to showcase their totalitarian might. It is no secret that China does not give any of its citizens any rights to any kind of privacy, as we see they are virtually cut off from the rest of the world when it comes to information sharing. They are encased in a bubble and cannot even access websites such as Facebook and Twitter. The Uyghurs in East Turkestan are serving as a model for what a totalitarian government can do to suppress people from expressing their speech, culture, religion, and way of life. Whenever you are forced to be constantly watching over your shoulder because cameras are constantly recording everything you do. There are reports that the CCP tends to take peoples cell phone and install software that tracks all interactions of Uyghurs.
You might wander why if so many people in East Turkestan are suffering, why aren't they speaking up? Well, if you knew that all your speech was constantly under surveillance, it would be extremely difficult to speak out in fear of retaliation of the CCP on you and your family. After watching a FRONTLINE PBS documentary called "In the Age of AI", I got to see that the state of surveillance has gone to an entirely new level. The techniques being employed to watch the Uyghurs every movement is directly related to them being taken to "reeducation camps." It turns out that they assign certain scores to people called social credit. This system allows the CCP to assign various scores to Uyghurs using certain metrics that I have described in previous articles. Once these scores have been established, machines are then given the task of sorting out people into complacent individuals and dissenters. These tactics have been used to suppress all kinds of freedom of expression.
WHAT DOES AI MEAN FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD?
As China has showcased their model for government related artificial intelligence operations, the world has many decisions to make. If you have noticed, China has started interacting with many third world countries giving them assistance to develop their infrastructure. Recently, Huwaei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada because it was discovered that this company acts as a state owned company stealing people's data. This is not the only case where we see a Chinese tech company being sketchy, to say the least. The very popular social media app, TikTok, has also been reported to be siphoning users data to feed China artificial intelligence program. In the age of AI, data is the new oil, and whoever accumulates the most can create products of vast good or evil. Used for evil, the CCP would likely sell certain surveillance products to nations to help them control their masses. AI can learn so much about you that at some point it may even know you better than yourself. This creates situations where certain kinds of messaging can be used in the media to insert particular ways of thinking into citizens minds. This could lead us to the ultimate form of totalitarian control and censorship.
ONE BELT, ONE ROAD... DATA IS THE NEW OIL
Uyghurs in East Turkestan, although they are now suffering, can act as a beacon of light to the world to really show what the ills of the CCP and how far they can go for world domination. We must stop them in their tracks or else we may soon see a world divided into two halves. One, where the USA tries to employ ethical AI to improve people's daily lives and the other where the communist manifesto can be finally realized. As citizens of the world, we must be aware of such trends and push ourselves to be aware of the changes happening around us. For countries that are considering using technology given to them by the CCP, they must be aware that most likely the trade off includes selling out your citizens in the form of data. If we are able to realize that data is the new oil, then we shouldn't be so quick to give up our information to companies who mean us ill. At the United Nations, we need to bring into the conversation measures that should be taken to curtail this kind of exploitation of people around the world.
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