No technological competition seems more pressing than the global struggle for artificial intelligence (AI) superiority. While the U.S. once dominated AI research, China has made it clear in recent years that they are aggressively working to catch up to (and then eclipse) its rival in the West.
Worldwide information and communications technology (ICT) spending — including new technologies — is expected to exceed $5.6 trillion in 2021 with growth accelerating through the end of the forecast period, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).
Over the period 2012-2016, Goldman Sachs estimates that total AI investment in the U.S. were about $18 billion, compared with only $2 billion in China — big advantage to America. But by 2020 China intends to invest about $150 billion in AI — looming enormous advantage to China.
The U.S. has been named the most promising market for innovation and technology breakthroughs that have global impact for the second year, with China following, both seen as leading regions of innovation and disruption, according to KPMG’s 2018 Global Technology Innovation Report.
Globally, the U.S. and China are ahead in the self-driving race. Germany and Japan, despite being famous for their autos, are behind. “The key difference is AI,” said Tony Han, co-founder of China-based autonomous vehicle company JingChi. “China and the U.S. are leading in AI.”
Source: Knowledge at Wharton
The global networked economy thrives on new ideas and innovation. Across the globe, more nations are making technology-centered strategies the focal point of their economic development. Amid ongoing digital transformation, the world is entering the era of the digital economy, a trend that is very evident in China.
Source: Digital Lifescapes