The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced that it is reviewing its relations with the chinese artificial intelligence company SenseTime, which is also on the list, following the US Department of Commerce’s announcement that it has blacklisted 28 Chinese companies on the stock market.
An MIT official said:
A SenseTime representative on the developments, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision said they were disappointed. The SenseTime representative added that they will work closely with all relevant authorities to fully understand and resolve the issue.
According to the Ministry of Commerce, these companies were blacklisted for contributing to the Chinese government’s crackdown on Uighur Turks and other Muslim minorities in China.
The blacklist includes artificial intelligence companies and software-producing companies for national security systems. Positioned as the world’s most valuable artificial intelligence company, SenseTime produces software for the Chinese government’s national security cameras, including CCTV cameras.
SenseTime, the first company to participate in the MIT Intelligence Quest Initiative last year, funded 27 projects produced by MIT researchers. Given that MIT has cut ties with Huawei and ZTE with us sanctions previously imposed by the United States, it is possible to say that the SenseTime and MIT cooperation will be terminated completely soon.