The United States has been imposing stringent limitations on Chinese AI advancements, creating a technology cold war between the two superpowers.
European Union Concerns
The question arises:
“How will this power struggle influence Europe and its thriving technology sector?”
The European Union has conveyed its unease to the Biden administration over the potential impact of US restrictions on outbound investments targeting China, raising additional trade concerns within the transatlantic relationship, according to Bloomblerg report.
Their primary fear is that these measures could potentially affect European companies that receive funding from US investors while being operated by Chinese owners.
In response to these developments, EU officials have initiated discussions with their US counterparts to address these concerns.
Nevertheless, a spokesperson from the US Treasury Department clarified that the orders made to increase AI chips exports are narrowly focused at safeguarding US national security interests.
“Though the executive order is narrow in scope — targeting some Chinese companies working primarily in areas related to artificial intelligence, quantum computing and advanced semiconductors — it would likely apply to US persons anywhere in the world”
EU Nations’ AI Future at Stake
As nations pursue their respective AI advancement initiatives, the ongoing technological rivalry between the US and China could potentially have adverse effects on these countries.
The United States holds a prominent position in the global semiconductor industry, producing state-of-the-art AI chips employed in a spectrum of devices and systems, including smartphones, data centers, autonomous vehicles, and more.
As such, many EU nations also depend on US-manufactured AI chips for their technological applications.
The export restrictions on US AI chips could have a wide-ranging impact on European countries.
The restrictions might disrupt supply chains for European tech companies reliant on American AI chips, causing production delays, increased operational costs, and difficulties in meeting customer demands, thereby eroding the competitiveness of European businesses.
Additionally, these constraints impede collaborative innovation and research between European and American researchers and institutions in the field of AI, potentially slowing down progress and innovation in Europe.