Chinese AI Growth Unprecedented
The White House’s plans to cut funding for science couldn’t come at a worse time for the country’s ambitions to be at the forefront of a technological renaissance.
The most detailed analysis of Chinese AI research papers yet is indicative that the Chinese AI markets are making huge leaps as compared to the US market.
China’s versatile tech scene has come up with a number of major recent development , and the government has recently launched a major initiative to dominate the development of the technology within a matter of years.
Still, it isn’t easy to measure progress in a broad and complex area of technology like artificial intelligence. Studies have shown that the Chinese already produce a larger number of research papers mentioning AI terms like “deep learning.”
The new study aims to solve that problem. It comes from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (Ai2), a nonprofit in Seattle created by Microsoft co-founder and tech legend Paul Allen that is focused on fundamental AI research. The institute previously created a tool, called Semantic Scholar, that uses artificial intelligence to make it easier to search and decode scientific research papers that are published online.
Using this tool, Ai2’s researchers examined not just the number of AI research papers coming from China but the quality of those papers—as judged by the number of citations they receive in other work. The study suggests that China will overtake the US in the most-cited 50% of research papers this year, the top 10% of research papers in 2020, and the top 1% by 2025.