A report from the Center for Data Innovation, a think tank with offices in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, compared the three regions by six categories. The U.S. led in talent, research, development and hardware; China led in adoption and data. The EU did not lead in any category. But when adjusted by number of workers, China fell to third place overall, only leading in adoption. (The Logic)
Talking point: Because artificial intelligence (AI) is already—or is set to be—used in so many different sectors—including finance, transportation and manufacturing—developing the technology would help nations boost their economy and strengthen their national security. However, the report says some AI advancements benefit all countries, referencing a system that U.S. and Chinese researchers built that can automatically diagnose childhood conditions, like asthma. The report states that a country’s ability to develop AI depends on the strength of its AI ecosystem, which includes factors like the number of firms and patents it has. Despite Canada being home to some of the most preeminent AI researchers, the country wasn’t mentioned in the report. As my colleague Zane reported in December 2018, Canada is falling behind in the global race for AI patents.