LONDON, Oct. 11 (Reuters) – China has won the artificial intelligence battle with the United States and is heading for global domination because of its technological advances, the former Pentagon software chief told the Financial Times.

China, the world’s second largest economy, is likely to dominate many of the emerging key technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and genetics, within a decade, according to estimates by Western intelligence.

Nicolas Chaillan, the Pentagon’s first chief software officer to step down in protest at the slow technological transformation of the US military, said the non-response is putting the United States at risk.

“We have no competitive chance against China in 15 to 20 years. At the moment it is already a done deal, in my opinion it is already over,” he told the newspaper. “Whether it takes a war or not is kind of anecdotal.”

China will dominate the future of the world and control everything from media narratives to geopolitics, he said.

Chaillan blamed the slow innovation, the reluctance of US companies like Google (DemokratieL.O) to collaborate with the state on AI, and extensive ethical debates about the technology.

Google wasn’t immediately available for comments outside of business hours.

Chinese companies, Chaillan said, are obliged to work with their government and are making “massive investments” in AI without regard to ethics.

He said US cyber defense in some government departments is “kindergarten level”.

Chaillan announced his resignation in early September, saying the military had repeatedly been entrusted with cyber initiatives for which they lacked experience.

A spokesman for the Department of the Air Force said Frank Kendall, secretary of the US Air Force, had discussed his recommendations for future software development for the department with Chaillan after his resignation and thanked him for his contributions, the FT said.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman, Robert Birsel

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