Yangtze Memory Technology is not the most famous or sophisticated of Chinese companies, but its name is now igniting discussions in Washington. It was enough that he financial times It reports that Apple was thinking of equipping certain iPhones with its components so that it would ring the bell in the United States Senate. In a beautiful and rare ensemble, the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Democrat Mark Warner, and his Vice Chairman, Republican Marco Rubio, immediately wrote to the head of US national intelligence, Avril Haines, asking for an investigation. Yangtze Memory Technology produces flash memories that it sells all over the world and in particular to Huawei, that is, to the devil himself.
This general mobilization against China is unanimous in the United States, everywhere. Very opportunely, a think tank, chaired by former Google chief Eric Schmidt, the Special Competitive Studies Project, published on Monday, September 19, a thick report that perfectly summarizes the cultural revolution underway in the United States. The result of a congressional commission on artificial intelligence, this report aims to be the counterpart to the famous one on the Cold War led by Henry Kissinger, but adapted to the digital age.
Convinced that the world of tomorrow will be shaped by geopolitical rivalries, the rise of technology, and the clash between autocracy and democracy, this 189-page report identifies the three technological risks that could decant global dominance in the Chinese field for 2030. The first is that of French fries and the absence of an industrial base on American soil. “98% of the chips the Pentagon needs are built or assembled in China”, he wrote. US-Taiwanese technological advance is curtailed by Beijing’s efforts. On the other hand, China has already won the battle for 5G telephony, with the leadership of Huawei, while there is no American alternative in this area. Finally, in the third key technology, artificial intelligence (AI), China could quickly supplant the United States thanks to its priority plan to integrate AI into national security, decided four years ago, then that Washington does not yet have.
The study led by the former Google boss takes aim at the officials: the state’s absence versus Silicon Valley financiers and private entrepreneurs who have pushed for relocation to Asia. Public power must regain control. This is beginning to be the case.