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I work at ValueFirst Digital Media Private Ltd. I am a Product Marketer in the Surbo Team. Surbo is Chatbot Generator Platform owned by Value First.

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Which country is leading AI isn't the intelligent question

By satyamkapoor |Email | Mar 22, 2018 | 7086 Views

Asking a question like who is leading the world in Artificial Intelligence, is actually a dumb question. The question here needs to be narrowly defined since AI in itself is a very vague term. Right now, what most people mean by this is machine learning which uses data. In theory, it is said that whoever has the most data wins.


There is a general feeling that China is probably ahead of US in terms of data not only because it has a much larger population, but also because it has lot of opportunities to capture data. In a January piece by the Wall Street Journal, an argument was laid out in favor of China with a quote from Microsoft Corp. president Brad Smith that in some parts of the globe, privacy laws can actually hinder AI development or use.


It's quite funny to watch everyone become so worked up about Cambridge Analytica, Facebook Inc. and the US election when you take into account that almost one billion people have signed up for Tencent Holdings Ltd.'s We Chat messenger service and also use it to share some of their most intimate messages, book taxis, buy products, swap news and much more.


It is worth noting that most of the WeChat accounts are linked to an verified, actual ID and have become a form of identification. They could also go on to become the universal basis of credit scores.


Other components of machine learning consist of computing power and programming. Here the AI expert;s don't seem to have a consensus. China is fast catching up in this domain to US. Their semiconductor industry still lags however lot of money is being thrown on that which is helping them catch up. US programmers do have an edge, however there is little data to back this claim.


One way could be to track patent filings. As per analysis of keywords, it seems that China beats US in the general "AI" patents. This comes from European Patent Office compiled by CB insights. However, in the specific category of Machine Learning, US is ahead. US in fact has twice as many patents compared to China as per Wall Street Journal.


So to ask who is leading AI, is kind of a dumb question, as the situation is much more nuanced. Any contribution from any country is only going to help build the collective knowledge base of mankind. 

Source: HOB