An analysis published showed China is poised to overtake the United States in artificial intelligence with a surge in academic research on the key technology.
The analysis by the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence showed China has already surpassed the US in published papers on AI which many of it were considered “medium-quality” or “low-quality.”
But the researchers said China is likely to top the US in the most-cited 50 percent of papers this year, the most-cited 10 percent of papers next year, and in the top one percent by 2025.
Reports say that the findings highlight concerns in Washington and Silicon Valley that China is racing ahead of the US in key areas of technology such as autonomous vehicles, virtual reality and fifth-generation wireless networks.
Allen Institute researchers Field Cady and Oren Etzioni said the surge in AI investment in China began more than a decade ago, well before the 2017 announcement by Beijing that it planned to become the world leader in the sector by 2030.
They also added that new US measures that tighten immigration could make it harder for the US to keep up.
Reports stated that US think tanks and researchers have recently called on Washington to develop a national AI strategy to encourage more work in the private and public sectors on the technology also adding that in February, President Donald Trump signed an American AI Initiative executive order calling for the administration to “devote the full resources of the federal government” to help fuel AI innovation, although analysts said it fell short of a comprehensive strategy.