According to Reuters and other media reports, the Trump administration took measures on Friday, January 3 to restrict the export of artificial intelligence software, and the new rules will take effect on January 6. This move is mainly targeted at countries such as China.
According to the report, “Under a new rule which goes into effect on Monday, companies that export certain types of geospatial imagery software from the United States must apply for a license to send it overseas except when it is being shipped to Canada.”
Restricting the export of such artificial intelligence software is one of the means used by the United States to prevent sensitive technologies from being controlled by rival countries.
According to the requirements of the document, target recognition software (whether civilian or military) applied to intelligent sensors, drones, satellites, and other automated equipment is within the limits.
The decree was issued by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) under the US Department of Commerce. The agency aims to ensure US national security, promote foreign policy and economic goals by ensuring effective export control and treaty compliance systems, and to maintain the “sustainable leadership” of US strategic technology.