China is narrowing the gap against the U.S. when it comes to AI research

Feb 07, 2018

The gap between AI researchers from China and the United States is narrowing, according to a new study.

Hundreds of researchers attend the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) to hear presentations on the latest developments in AI. It’s become something of the de facto conference for the elite in AI to mingle and show off.

The study, publiched by researchers from the University of Toronto, found that 23 percent of the papers presented at the 2017 AAAI Conference were Chinese. For comparison, just 10 percent were Chinese in 2012.

Perhaps more interesting, the share of U.S. authors publishing AI research fell from 41 percent to 34 percent over the seven-year period.

Last year, our sister publication AI News reported on Goldman Sachs’ belief that China is catching up to the U.S. in AI superiority — something which this latest study appears to support.

“China understandably generates (about) 13 percent of the digital information globally. By 2020, we expect this to grow to around 20 percent to 25 percent as China’s economy emerges as the world’s largest,” Goldman Sachs predicts.

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