China to overtake US in AI research: Study

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 15, 2019 13:43 hrs
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Artificial intelligence is the next powerful weapon global economies are running after. Amidst the race to be the number one when it comes to AI power, China appears to have overachieved its own goal.

The Chinese government published a paper in 2017, outlining its plan to become the world leader in AI by the year 2030. However, according to a new study, the country is soon set to overtake the US and become the global number one, a decade ahead of schedule.

There are a number of reasons for China’s success. From the sheer volume of AI papers published each year to generous government investment in both educational facilities and private industry, The Verge reports.

The new research from Seattle-based Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) measured not just the number of research papers by China, but how often they are cited to measure their influence.

The researchers analysed more than two million AI papers published until the end of 2018 to indicate that China is poised to overtake the US in the most-cited 50 per cent of papers this year, in the most-cited 10 per cent of papers next year, and in the 1 per cent of most-cited papers by 2025.