Chinese leader Xi Jinping is a powerful enemy of open societies, who uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to consolidate totalitarian control over his people, George Soros warned at his annual dinner in Davos, Switzerland's World Economic Forum.
The billionaire investor, who used the same opportunity last year to criticize US President Donald Trump's policies and data siphon tech giants like Facebook and Google, expressed particular concern over China's social credit system dystopian project that is still evolving and that would assess people's actions and habits, and that rights to bad behavior could be deducted. For example, violations of traffic laws could prevent someone from buying a ticket.
Soros said he wanted this "Draw attention to the deadly danger faced by open societies through the tools of control that machine learning and artificial intelligence can place in the hands of repressive regimes." The recent concerns over China's use of face recognition technology have prompted Soros, "How can open societies should be protected if these new technologies give built-in advantage to authoritarian regimes?" That's the issue that concerns me, and it should also concern those who rather live in an open society. "
When Soros, now 88 years old, attributed his criticism of authoritarian governments to his own childhood under the Nazi occupation in Hungary, he called on the Trump administration to join forces with one "My current view is that the US should not engage in a trade war with virtually the whole world, but focus on China," he said.
He continued, "Unfortunately, it seems President Trump to pursue a different course [of making] concessions to China and declare the victory as he renews his attacks on US allies. This could undermine the US's political goal of containing China's excesses and excesses.
Soros also said it was "important to distinguish Xi Jinping's policy from the aspirations of the Chinese people." While speaking, his Reporters Press Office sent two transcripts – one in English and one in Chinese.