China seeks to become an artificial intelligence trailblazer by 2030. And tech leaders are now beginning to stress the importance of the technology’s safe development. But is this just “ethics washing?” Or is China serious about achieving ethical AI?

The implications of machines working with human beings in sectors varying from security to healthcare to government could be as unpredictable as they are lucrative. Automation of the world’s largest workforce could create a leisure society, or it could create uncontrollable inequality. A changing landscape may result in social instability, stifling control, and rampant bias. Or not.

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