A professor at the People’s Liberation Army National Defence University in Beijing wrote an article entitled “As possibility of third world war exists, China needs to be prepared”. Reaction from 20 American experts affiliated with the New America Foundation appeared online under the title “Here’s the Defining National Security Question of Our Time”. Apart from the focus within this commentariat only on American and Chinese sentiment, three key reflections emerge from the exchange:
A beacon amidst the angst is the hope expressed by one of the New Americans that we trade in the War on Terror for a War on Stupidity. If there were an analogue for what may be Artificial about Intelligence, it would surely lie in the cynicism with which otherwise smart people think they might preserve their island of privilege within a planet reduced to cinders. The artificially stupid are smart enough to know better, but cynical enough to think they can behave as if they didn’t know, or care.