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CRN: Competition for Chinese and American AI Talent Intensifies

China Review News (CRN), a Beijing sponsored media based in Hong Kong, reported on how the world-wide competition for artificial intelligence (AI) experts has intensified. The areas involved include driverless cars, consumer data analysis, voice recognition, and facial recognition systems.

The “universal language” at the artificial intelligence conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana, in February of this year appeared to be Chinese. Chinese Internet companies such as the Alibaba Group and Tencent actively recruited talent.

According to the White Paper on Global Artificial Intelligence that Tencent’s research department published, companies around the world need about one million people who are experts in the area of artificial intelligence, but there are only 300,000 professionals who are actually active in this field. About 370 educational institutions around the world have the relevant research capabilities. Each year, they can produce around 20,000 experts. To fill such a serious talent gap, companies have gone abroad to search around the world for talent.

China and the United States are engaged in a fierce competition in the field of artificial intelligence. China’s state-issued plan for the “Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Strategy,” released in 2017, pointed out that by 2020, the overall technology and application of artificial intelligence will be synchronized to the world’s advanced level. By 2030, the artificial intelligence theory, technology, and applications will reach the world’s leading level.

By 2025, the amount of data that the world generates will reach 10 times that of 2016. How to utilize this huge data will involve the work of how to get those who are talented in artificial intelligence and who have mastered high-level mathematics, statistics, and information processing knowledge.

Source: China Review News (CRN), June 26, 2018