The first technological war is an international conflict of a new level, a technological race that will inevitably change not only the face of the war of the future but also affect the picture of the world as a whole — from politics to industry. President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, speaking at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg international economic forum on the conflict over us sanctions against the Chinese Corporation Huawei, spoke for only 15 seconds. One this seems replica. The international community is a serious warning of a new threat to peace. “Huawei is trying to push and push freely from the global market. This is the first technological war of the coming digital era,” the President of Russia said.
This capacious remark actually marked the beginning of a new stage in the development of international relations. The first technological war is not just a conflict between the US and a Chinese company. It is a “digital confrontation” that can change the picture of the world as much as the industrial revolution of the XIX century, two world wars and the cold war of the XX century.
Huawei consists of two characters: “Hua” — “China”, and “Wei” — “achievement”. It turns out: “Chinese achievement”. Another translation is “great action”. The word is artificial, it did not exist before the company, and came up with it in 1987, one of the founders of Huawei — Ren Zhengfei. The company’s revenue for the entire 2018 amounted to 107.13 billion dollars, for the first time exceeding the 100 billion mark.
Annual revenue exceeding $ 100 billion puts Huawei on a par with the world’s leading IT giants, although it is still in the role of catching up. For comparison, Google’s revenue for 2018 amounted to 136.8 billion dollars, Samsung — 214 billion dollars (this is data on the South Korean conglomerate as a whole, not only for Samsung Electronics), and Apple 0 – 261.6 billion dollars.
The main factor of revenue growth was the popularity of smartphones produced by the company under the brands Huawei and Honor: Huawei Consumer Business Group division (smartphones, tablets, laptops, wearable devices, and accessories) for the year increased sales by 45.1 percent to 348.9 billion yuan. That is, Huawei for the first time earned more on consumer devices than on the supply of equipment to Telecom operators (294 billion yuan in 2018).
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The relationship between scientific progress and the development of military strategy is now felt particularly acute, unmanned systems and artificial intelligence are being actively introduced. This will change the tactics of warfare, and the whole course of modern war, said the Director of the center for military and political problems, doctor of historical Sciences Alexei Podberezkin:
— Vladimir Putin in his speech once again confirmed the classical idea of the close relationship between scientific and technological progress and the development of military technologies. Breakthrough technological leaps can yield the same breakthrough results in the field of arms development. This will inevitably affect the global military-technical industry.
Let me give you an example: when nuclear weapons were invented in the 20th century, and the industry reached the necessary level to create means of delivery, that is, Intercontinental missiles and strategic bombers, the approach to military strategy has changed dramatically. In our time, such an example can be the emergence of hypersonic weapons, which will enter service in the short term, both the Russian and us and Chinese armies. But a few years ago, no one could even believe in the theoretical existence of such weapons. And today, the “avant-garde” and “Daggers” by their very existence change the face of modern military geopolitics and strategy.
This relationship between scientific progress and the development of military strategy is now particularly acute. Technology is developing so rapidly that if the power of aircraft engines, for example, has increased two to three times over the past thirty years, the speed of development of digital technologies, data processing — a thousandfold. This means that the emergence of artificial intelligence and large digital databases is already an objective reality. They will automate many decision-making processes both at the strategic level and at the level of local conflicts. Human participation in such decisions will be minimized. The same applies to the use of weapons on the battlefield. Today, unmanned systems that can be controlled remotely from the headquarters are being actively introduced, and with the development and introduction of artificial intelligence into the troops, which Vladimir Putin also recently mentioned, robots on the battlefield can perform tasks without direct human intervention. This will change the tactics of combat, as the soldiers will be gradually replaced by automated combat units.
And now such technological leaps occur in all developed armies of the world. The current owner of the White house Donald Trump is also interested in this development. During the years of his presidency in us army, more than three hundred interdepartmental working groups were created, which gave recommendations for the advanced development of the military industry.
One of the results of these recommendations was a significant increase in us military budget for the “digital development” of us army. Which leads us to an uncontrolled arms race. This, according to Putin, is the “First technological war”. The problem is that in this war now there are no restrictions and rules. This is due to the abrupt development of technology, in the US it is aggravated by the policy of trump, who EN masse disrupts existing agreements and implements sanctions, wanting to win this war.
One of the stages of this war is trade. It is obvious that the conflict with Huawei, which is now one of the leaders in the field of digital technologies, is due to Trump’s desire to delay the process of the technological evolution of the Chinese military industry, for which Huawei, according to available information, is developing telecommunication systems. At the same time, not only the military industry of China but also ordinary users of the products of the Chinese Corporation around the world, including in Russia and the United States, suffer from severe sanctions. Now China has secured the support of Russia with the aim to overcome the limitations of the United States and to win over trump in this war.
“Huawei’s ban risks slowing down the introduction of 5G networks in the country, and therefore America faces lagging behind China. Now even Russia, which is usually not attributed to the leaders in the field of high technology, can get ahead” — warns CNN.
Sanctions and inclusion of Huawei in the “blacklist” of the United States are artificial restrictions that will not be able to stop the rapid development of digital technologies in the long term. This means that a “technological war”can begin.