In the United States, a ban has been imposed on the selling of emerging tech, such as AI, computer vision and iPhone processor technology that could majorly affect trade, working and research of many tech giants, including Apple. Such limitations on AI technology could hypothetically impede Apple from selling iPhones in particular markets completely, or force it to design a version with features cut to comply with licensing rules, the company inside reported here on Monday.
According to a shared document from former Presidential Technology and National Security Advisor, R. David Edelman said that the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security has requested for public comments regarding the idea of monitoring the sales of certain technologies to other countries. The report added that the filing is a request for public comment on criteria for classifying emerging technologies that are vital to U.S. national security, due to the potential of being used like conventional weapons, terrorist applications, weapons of mass destruction, intelligence collection, or could provide the United States with a qualitative military or intelligence advantage. The technologies are being tested for national security impact including Deep Learning technologies, speech and audio processing, computer vision, AI Cloud technologies, AI chipsets, and the potential for audio and video manipulation technologies.
This imposition could especially affect Apple, because it embraces a number of products and services offered to consumers together with the ones the company is working on AI-based tech, for instance, the natural language processing and AI technologies related to Siri, along with company’s other Machine Learning work. While computer vision would comprise Face ID and vision systems used in Apple’s self-driving vehicle-oriented Project, Titan. The U.S. people can share their responses on the subject only by December 19, giving only a one-month window for responses from the public before the Bureau starts pushing the matter further.