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MIT examines relationships with black-listed Chinese artificial intelligence company SenseTime

MIT examines relationships with black-listed Chinese artificial intelligence company SenseTime

Massachusetts Department of Technology (MIT) has also reviewed its relationship with the Chinese artificial intelligence company, SenseTime, after the US Department of Commerce announces that 28 Chinese companies have blacklisted the stock market.

An MIT official said in a statement on the matter:

MIT has long been able to provide a strong export controls function that takes care of export control regulations and compliance. MIT will review all existing relationships with organizations that have been added to the US Department of Commerce's Business List and will change any relationship as needed.

A SenseTime representative said that the US Department of Commerce's decision disappointed them. The SenseTime representative added that they will work closely with all relevant authorities to fully understand and resolve this issue.

According to the Ministry of Commerce, these companies were blacklisted for contributing to the Chinese government's repression of Uyghur Turks and other Muslim minorities in China.

The black list includes artificial intelligence companies and companies that produce software for national security systems. SenseTime, the world's most valuable artificial intelligence company, manufactures software for the Chinese Government's national security cameras, including CCTV cameras.

SenseTime, the first company to join the MIT Intelligence Quest initiative last year, funded 27 projects produced by MIT researchers. Considering that MIT has cut off its relations with Huawei and ZTE together with US sanctions, it is possible to say that SenseTime and MIT cooperation will be terminated in the near future.

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