This year could be the year China solidifies it’s lead in artificial intelligence.

The growing presence of Chinese AI was strong enough to affect the date and location of the 2017 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) conference, in which top AI researchers, scientists, practitioners, and invited speakers were held in one place. When AAAI first announced the 2017 meeting will be held in New Orleans in late January, Chinese AI experts were not pleased, since the dates happened to conflict with Chinese New Year. In the end, the meeting was relocated to San Francisco, CA in February instead.

While top-level AI experts are still from North American and the UK, over 40% of the leading AI research papers in the world are published in Chinese. Chinese researchers also have the advantage of being able to speak both English and Chinese, giving them access to a much wider knowledge pool. The language barrier creates an information asymmetry of the West and the East allowing a room for the Chinese to dominate the field.

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Junse Lee

Junse lives in the future. She is interested in new rules and ethics technology will bring into people's lives.