In a recent EconTalk, Russ Roberts and Amy Webb discussed how Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be the tool authoritarian regimes (and, particularly, China) always needed to fully implement the sort of widespread social control they always aimed for. I found Webb’s arguments sometimes not so persuasive. For example, the fact that big companies in China operate on the government’s marching orders she considers an _advantage_, as this avoids duplications. Russ replies that, well, competition, with its trials and errors, hasn’t...