World AI Innovation are group of 46 countries in terms of infrastructure, innovative environment, scientific and technological research and development, and industry and application.

Twenty years ago, there was a huge gulf between China and the United States on AI research. While the U.S. was witnessing sustained growth in research efforts by both public institutions and private sectors, China was still conducting low-value-added activities in global manufacturing. But in the intervening years, China has surged to rapidly catch up.

Let’s see the world’s top 10 countries for AI innovation.

No. 10 – France     (Score: 36.32)

Jean-Louis Constanza, Chief Business and Clinical Officer at French company Wandercraft helps his 16-year-old son Oscar using a robot exoskeleton at the company headquarters in Paris, France July 9, 2021.

No. 9 – Japan     Score: 36.98

A robot is seen at an information desk in front of the Olympic rings before the arrival of International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach at Haneda Airport ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo, Japan July 8, 2021.

No. 8 – Israel      Score: 38.36

Cars drive past US chipmaker Intel Corp’s “smart building” in Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv, Israel, December 15, 2019.

No. 7 – Singapore     Score: 43.12

Clouds fill the sky at Marina Bay in Singapore December 20, 2019.

No. 6 – United Kingdom     Score: 43.72

A woman walks near City Hall and Tower Bridge at dawn in London, Britain, September 22, 2020.

No. 5 – Germany     Score: 44.85

A view of streets in Berlin, Germany.

No. 4 – Canada    Score: 45.70

Visitors view panoramic scenes from CN Tower in Toronto on July 15, 2020.

No. 3 – South Korea    Score: 46.49

A man walks on a nearly empty street amid tightened social distancing rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Seoul, South Korea, July 12, 2021.

No. 2 – China    Score: 50.60

A woman plays Chinese chess with a robot at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, on July 7, 2021.

No. 1 – United States (Score: 66.31)

People shop at a street fair near Times Square in New York City, July 11, 2021

China’s AI innovation ranked second in the world last year, behind the United States and up from third the previous year, according to a report by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China and Peking University released on July 8.

To see the comparison, here’s the record from the previous year ranking by percentage.

Top 25 countries/territories in artificial intelligence 2019 report

Rank Country/territory Share 2015–2019 Count 2015–2019 International articles (%)
1 United States of America (USA) 5,214.57 7,020 50.6%
2 United Kingdom (UK) 979.67 2,073 80.3%
3 Germany 800.99 1,756 80.5%
4 China 744.21 1,446 74.6%
5 France 355.34 1,000 87.5%
6 Canada 354.11 826 79.3%
7 Switzerland 332.62 890 84.3%
8 Japan 306.71 651 74.2%
9 Australia 231.00 650 85.8%
10 Netherlands 207.41 646 88.2%
11 Italy 189.21 664 92.3%
12 Spain 164.16 614 91.5%
13 Israel 156.95 393 80.7%
14 South Korea 137.10 334 76.0%
15 Sweden 117.83 400 90.3%
16 Belgium 89.49 284 90.1%
17 Austria 72.71 312 94.9%
18 Singapore 68.95 175 85.7%
19 Norway 66.45 252 91.3%
20 India 62.74 192 80.7%
21 Denmark 60.44 308 93.2%
22 Finland 49.65 193 90.2%
23 Portugal 45.57 222 91.9%
24 Russia 42.33 319 97.5%
25 Brazil 34.82 277 97.1%

The top 25 countries/territories in artificial intelligence ranked by total article share (Share) in the field from 2015 to 2019. Also listed are each country/territory’s artificial intelligence article count (Count) from 2015 to 2019, and percentage of internationally collaborative articles (International articles %) in the field.

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