LinkedIn has joined the conversation on China’s AI industry—and it isn’t as bullish as other recent reports. Their survey of the global AI talent scene (in Chinese) reveals that in terms of personnel working in AI and the experience they have, China lags far further behind than many had imagined.

Recently, there has been a media maelstrom of China’s AI progress. Bloomberg had China’s Plan for World Domination in AI Isn’t So Crazy After All, the New York Times asked Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?, Wired described How Baidu Will Win China’s AI Race—And, Maybe, The World’s, not to mention our own coverage including of the tireless Kaifu Lee.

While all compelling reading—and it is clear there are bright spots on the horizon for AI in China as local media has sought to point out—certain indicators suggest that prospects are bleaker than the hyperbole.

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Frank Hersey

Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...