Vince Dhimos answered a question at Qjuora
Are the U.S. restrictions on hiring from China counterproductive, denying American companies access to top scientific minds?
If you read the answers to this Quora question, you can see that deciding whether US restrictions are counterproductive or not is often a question of ideology, and even in some cases, a racial issue. For example, Westerners have always been taught that Asians do not invent things,and that they just improve on inventions by white people. This proposition is fraught with uncertainty as it requires a clear definition of what is an invention vs what is an “improvement.” The racist answer is that inventions made by Americans and Europeans are inventions and those made by Asians are merely improvements.
But in November 2018, the Chinese showed a model of their novel quantum radar quantum radar at the Zhuhai Air Show. This radar is based on a principle never before successfully applied to radar and can “see” stealth aircraft. Did the Chinese develop something new or just improve an old invention made by white folks? If it was just an improvement of a “white” invention, what was that invention?
One of the excuses for not giving Chinese the opportunity to study US innovations and not letting them sell Westerners their technology is the old cloak and dagger notion that the Chinese could both spy on the West and sell us devices that would enable them to spy. The idea is spread by the military. The problem with the US military and NATO is that they blatantly routinely lie as part of their job. One of the top US generals, John Hyten, recently repeated for the umpteenth time that Russia is an enemy. And his reasoning was that Russia is developing arms that target the US, as illustrated by Putin’s 2018 presentation showing hypersonic missiles targeting US sites, for example, Trump’s Mar el-Lago in Florida. But why should NATO be allowed to stage massive military drills just off shore of Russia if Russia has to pull its punches and not do likewise to the US? So when the US military frets that China is an enemy, what does it mean? Not much. Anyone is a nail if you’re a hammer, as they say.
My opinion is that the scientific community of one country cannot isolate itself from any other. Scientists are a brotherhood. They sense it and are very uncomfortable being told that they must keep secrets from each other, no matter what nationality your brother scientists may be. There is a natural instinct among scientists to share information, and that is the purpose of scientific journals. I once translated articles from serious scientific journals, and the idea of not being able to share this information reminds me of narrow tiny minds of the Third Reich. I find it abhorrent and just plain wrong. And the bottom line is that scientists on both sides of this artificial divide suffer and lose something valuable that all scientists need, ie, the freedom to share knowledge. Anyone who thinks knowledge can be bottled up and saved only for his home country is not scientifically inclined, and such people should not make decisions touching on how knowledge should be used, shared or sequestered. Sure, it is wise to keep military information to ourselves. But flat-out barring all exchanges of information with scientists because of their nationality is intuitively wrong.
Those who insist on sequestering science are like rich land owners who refuse to farm their land but build a fence around it to keep out others who could benefit from it.
Some information I found on this topic:
“In fact, global GDP is set to increase by 14 percent because of AI, according to PwC. The tech’s deployment in the decade ahead will add $15.7 trillion to global GDP, with China predicted to take $7 trillion and North America $3.7 trillion, according to the multinational company.”
If you like charts, the above-linked will be of interest.
A look at these charts will not immediately tell you who is winning the tech war, but will help you draw your own conclusions.
But at any rate, a tech war is just like a trade war. Economists know that trade wars are always bad for everyone, bringing down the world economy. Likewise, a tech war will stifle creativity and talent, limiting the world’s knowledge and denying problem solving.
Look, the most important problems in our world are shared. If there is, for example, a loss of forests, then we all suffer the consequences of less oxygen in our air, not just the country that loses the forests. Therefore, the solution must also be shared. There is hardly a problem on this earth that is not analogous to this — despite what the politicians’ tiny minds tell us.
AL-QAEDA’S LITTLE HELPERS: ISRAELI AIR FORCE STRIKES DAMASCUS AS BATTLE FOR SARAQIB RAMPS UP
Early on February 6, the Israeli Air Force delivered an wide-scale strike on targets in the countyside of the Syrian capital, Damascus, and in the province of Daraa Israeli aircraft launched several missiles from airspace over the occupied Golan Heights and southern Lebanon.
According to Syrian sources, the Al-Kiswa area, Marj al-Sultan, Baghdad Bridge near Damascus and the area south of Izraa in the province of Daraa became the main targets of the attack.
Syria’s State media claimed that the Syrian Air Defense shot down most of the Israeli missiles before they were able to reach their targets. Pro-Israeli soruces claim that the strikes successfully hit Iran-related targets destroying weapon depots and HQs of Iranian-backed forces.
The attack took place as the Syrian Army was storming the key stronghold of al-Qaeda-linked militants in the province of Idlib – the town of Saraqib. Right on cue, the Israeli military joined the club of al-Qaeda’s little helpers.