China Races Ahead of Korea in AI Technology

  • By Ahn Joon-ho

    January 11, 2019 13:19

    China has seven times more artificial intelligence experts than Korea and 40 times more companies specializing in the promising high-tech field, according to a study by the Korea International Trade Association on Thursday.

    China has 18,232 AI experts, second only to the U.S.' 28,536, but Korea has only 2,664. China is also home to 1,040 businesses that work in the field of machine learning, accounting for 21 percent of global AI companies. But there are only 26 in Korea.

    China accounted for a whopping 37 percent of the 100,000 AI-related patents that were registered around the world between 1999 and 2017, outpacing the U.S.' 24.8 percent and Japan's 13.1 percent, while Korea accounted for 8.9 percent.

    China published 370,000 AI-related research papers during that period, the U.S. 327,000, the U.K. 97.000, Japan 94,000 and Korea 52,000.

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