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HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — The global economic and tech system appears to be breaking in two, one led by the U.S. and the other by China, in an unfolding new world resembling the competing geopolitical spheres of the Cold War.
Why it matters: The main battleground for the future is tech — the race to dominate artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum computing, green energy, electric cars and so on. With the trillions of dollars and military power to be gained through these and other technologies, China is out to build itself up and preserve its closed political system; the U.S. objective is to maintain the global dominance it has enjoyed since World War II.
With the shift in attitudes, regulation will come "in a way that would have been inconceivable five years ago," Stein said.
Some say that Congress itself may not have the mettle to crack down so hard. Nicholas Burns, a former senior U.S. diplomat and now a professor at Harvard, tells Axios that there is a "trust-busting spirit coming out of Europe," but that he is not certain it will spread to the U.S.
But just on privacy concerns, the ground seems to be already fertile for regulation.
What's next: Expect tech executives to fight.
Gen. Joseph Dunford. Photo: Smith/Gado/Getty
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, is unhappy with the readiness of Big Tech to produce products for China while many company employees insist on not working with the U.S. military.
The big picture: In June, Google pulled back from a Pentagon program called Project Maven after a massive protest by its employees, but it said it will not rule out future work with the military. Google has meanwhile defended plans to produce a censored search engine for the Chinese market.
The bottom line: Notwithstanding the company statements, Dunford's remarks suggest that he is not seeing the action he'd like.
A common way to measure the use of robots around the world shows that wealthy countries — like Korea, Singapore, Germany and the U.S. — are way ahead of the curve, while China flounders behind unlikely characters like Slovenia and the Czech Republic.
Axios' Kaveh Waddell writes: Taking wages into account changes the landscape dramatically. When comparing countries’ actual robot adoption to the quantity one would expect based on their wage levels, Asian countries far outstrip Europe and the U.S.
Details: A new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation created baselines for expected robot adoption using manufacturing workers’ pay. Then, ITIF compared each country's baseline to the actual number of robots there.
China in particular leapt from laggard to leader in ITIF’s reassessment.
The countries at the high end of the graph above generally have national strategies or policies in place for investing in robots, the ITIF report says.
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The late Carl Kasell delivers one of his last newscasts. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
A childhood memory: NPR’s "Morning Edition" on the car radio on the way to school, punctuated by a line so familiar I could say it along with the newscaster, imitating his trademark lilt: "I'm Carl Kasell, NPR News, Washington."
Kaveh writes: The way newscasters speak is unmistakeable, with their exaggerated modulations and drawn-out pauses. Now Amazon has taught Alexa, its voice assistant, to approximate the authoritative intonation.
Go deeper: Listen to a voice sample