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AI Index: research publication rates grow 35% in one year

A 34.5 per cent lift in publication rates year on year shows AI research nearly doubled on previous period

|Mar 8|magazine2 min read

New figures reveal an 34.5 per cent lift in AI research publication rates from 2019 to 2020.

The figures come from the fourth annual AI Index , compiled with Stanford University, and demonstrate a stark bump in AI research. From 2018 to 2019 the increase was 19.6 per cent.

China outperforms US in AI citations

One figure of interest is that while China was already publishing more AI papers than any other country, it has outstripped the US for the first time in papers cited at conferences, a metric indicative of quality of research.

Other key findings from AI Index 2021

  • Private investment in AI rose 9.3 per cent, though the number of newly funded companies decreased for a third consecutive year
  • The biggest advances in AI were the industrialisation of computer vision, such as object and facial recognition
  • Generative technology that can create video, images and audio also had impressive growth
  • Biotech (drug discovery and design) attracted the most private investment, a more than fourfold increase to $13.8 billion
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