By 2025 up to 2 billion human genomes could be sequenced. Photo: Handout
Eleonore Pauwels
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Eleonore Pauwels

China pins its hopes on beating US in race for bio-intelligence supremacy

  • Beijing invests heavily in the hope that AI combined with genomics will give it a vital edge over America
  • Technology could give rise to massive shift in global power and pave the way for forms of ‘cyber-colonisation’

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By 2025 up to 2 billion human genomes could be sequenced. Photo: Handout
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Eleonore Pauwels

Eleonore Pauwels

Eleonore Pauwels is the Research Fellow on Emerging Cybertechnologies at the Centre for Policy Research at United Nations University, focusing on artificial intelligence. She is also director of the AI Lab at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars. Her research analyses and compares how emerging technologies, such as AI and genome-editing, raise new opportunities and challenges for health, security, economics and governance in different geo-political contexts. Pauwels is an adviser on the AI Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, as well as an expert for the World Economic Forum.