Over the past few years we have seen an explosion of interest in AI across the world. But, this is not the just the domain of the private sector. Governments are realising the possibilities of this technology and starting to investment. Here is a yearly world government AI report by Oxford Insights.
The report is written up based on 42 indicators across 10 dimensions in 9 major regions North America, Latin America, Caribbean, West Europe, Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, South and Central Asia and the Pacific.
Key findings #1
Top countries include USA, Singapore, UK, Finland and the Netherlands.
It is good to see Singapore high up on the rankings. They have invested heavily in their IT/AI infrastructure. Surprised to see so many European countries too. This is a good sign for the future.
Key findings #2
East Asian countries make up one quarter of the top 20 ranked countries
East Asian countries are doing well to recognise the benefits of AI and future growth. This may be the biggest growth area in years to come.
Key findings #3
Inter-regional and intra-regional inequalities
One big aspect that has come out of the research is the inequalities in regions. There is a growing gulf between the heavily invested regions and the lowest ranked regions. This may change as the inertia of AI globally picks up.
Key findings #4
Increase in AI strategies
Nearly 40% of countries have an AI strategy and 9% are currently writing one. This is critical for governmental success. Having a solid strategy can give a government and its departments a central focus. This creates clarity for everyone causing a trickle down effect throughout society.
Key findings #5
Data is increasing in all regions
With the increase in technology and the internet, there has been a growth in the creation and use of data.
This is a very interesting report. It shows how most countries are actively engaging in AI activity. However, it does highlight how there are many countries have a long way to go closing the gap. Having a solid national strategy can really spearhead and focus efforts at every level.
Read the report here
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