China might overtake the United States in Artificial Intelligence with outpouring academic research on the technology. An analysis report by the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence showed that China has surpassed the US in published papers on AI, although several of them considered as medium to low quality papers.
However, the researchers said that China is likely to top the US in the most-cited papers by 2025. 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 5G networks.
Allen researchers Field Cady and Oren Etzioni said that the surge in AI investment in China began more than a decade ago. “Recent US actions that place obstacles to recruiting and retaining foreign students and scholars are likely to exacerbate the trend towards Chinese supremacy in AI research,” according to the researchers.