Foreign Relations & International Law

ChinaTalk: Export Controls for AI: Will They Work?

Jordan Schneider
Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 11:34 AM

The latest episode of ChinaTalk.

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Do export controls work? And will they work for AI? Meet Emily Weinstein and Tim Hwang. They're research fellows at Georgetown's Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) and have written a paper on the goals of export controls and whether what the US government is trying to achieve with them is clear.

We discuss:

  • Did the US inadvertently help China make better missiles?
  • How export controls have hurt some US industries' international competitiveness.
  • What export controls can - and can't - do to prevent technology from being developed abroad.
  • Important questions about the management of bowling alleys and churches.

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Jordan Schneider is the host of the ChinaTalk podcast and newsletter. He previously worked at Kwai, Bridgewater and the Eurasia Group. His Chinese landscape paintings "show promise."

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