China and the U. S. Face-Off on the AI Battlefield

Trends’ January 2017 cover story outlined one of the most important trends we’ve ever identified, “Harnessing AI-Driven Growth.”   It explained how the commercialization of pervasive, low-cost artificial intelligence would soon enable a quantum leap in productivity and transform the global economy by 2034.  The focus of that segment was on the advanced OECD economies, but the message was certainly not lost on China.  At the very moment when that segment was being published, the Chinese government was putting the finishing touches on its own road map titled, the “New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan.”  That document announced its plans to “lead the world” in artificial intelligence by 2030.  — Where does this effort stand three years later?  What are China’s prospects for catching and surpassing the United States in Artificial Intelligence?  And what are the broader implications of this competition?  We’ll show you.

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