By Jiangjiang Yang and Oren Etzioni


In 2017, China announced plans to become the world leader in AI by 2030. In March 2019, the Semantic Scholar team performed an analysis of over two million academic AI papers published through the end of 2018 and concluded that China was indeed poised to overtake the US as world leaders in AI research. We recently ran a similar study using AI research publication data updated through the end of 2020 — we found that China has indeed surpassed the US in the total number of published AI papers, as well as taken the lead in the top 50% of…

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