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Facebook Scandal Alarms China Eyeing Next Frontier in AI Battle

April 2, 2018


(Bloomberg) –The scandal over the alleged abuse of Facebook Inc.’s user data is unfolding a long way from China, and yet privacy regulators in Beijing have been watching intently.

Their interest shows how all three big players in the technology world — the Americans, Chinese and Europeans — are feeling their way to balance the demands of consumers for privacy and of governments for security.

But they’re also competing to shape the rules of the game for internet companies and, for the U.S. and China in particular, to maximize access to data for a bigger goal: to dominate Artificial Intelligence, the next frontier in machine learning.

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