Guest Opinion: If the US does not lead in the technologies of the future, our national security is at risk
by Ryan Easton
Utah’s silicon slopes have triggered an avalanche of advanced innovation, leading the Beehive State to be ranked as the top state for startups.
With Utah at the forefront of innovation in the United States in recent years, developments and ideas from our state have helped our country remain the leading voice on the world stage. This position helps ensure that America can share its values with the world and encourage the spread of democratic values...
One major way they are doing this is through the export of technology. China has been working diligently to become the world’s leader in major tech like artificial intelligence and other emerging capabilities. They have made significant investments in research and development and have even stolen technology and intellectual property from the United States to achieve these goals. In addition to creating national security and economic challenges, China’s dominance in the tech industry gives them a significant advantage in cyber warfare and intelligence gathering. This could lead to compromised national security and potentially losing our technological edge.
Having served our country in the military, I deeply understand the importance of promoting American values and what that takes. China is and will continue to be aggressive, and if we do not act, America could end up in a vulnerable spot. Our leaders in Congress are already laser-focused on China and I appreciate the concern that has already been raised by key committees including the new China committee in the House of Representatives. But we cannot just talk; we must act to ensure that technological innovation in the United States continues to lead the world. That means passing legislation supporting our small businesses, entrepreneurs, innovation, and ability to compete while avoiding bad policies that would undermine America’s – and Utah’s – ability to innovate.
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