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The Global AI Index

The first index to benchmark nations on their level of investment, innovation and implementation of artificial intelligence.

Bracing for impact

Artificial intelligence is poised to transform the way we work, learn and live.

Across the globe, businesses, governments and the public at large are already having to adapt to the rapid development of these technologies.

The Global AI Index analyses how 54 countries are driving and adapting to AI’s accelerating development through three pillars; investment, innovation and implementation.


Here is the Index in full. Use the toggle to switch between our Index’s ranks – where countries stand – or score – how far or close they are to each other. Use the arrows to sort the columns.


The Global AI Index is underpinned by over 100 indicators split across seven sub-pillars: Talent, Infrastructure, Operating Environment, Research, Development, Government Strategy and Commercial Ventures. Each indicator pillar was weighted for importance after consultation with experts across the field.

The Talent sub-pillar focuses on the availability of skilled practitioners for the provision of artificial intelligence solutions.

The Infrastructure sub-pillar focuses on the reliability and scale of access infrastructure, from electricity and internet, to super computing capabilities.

The Operating Environment sub-pillar focuses on the regulatory context, and public opinion surrounding artificial intelligence.

The Research sub-pillar focuses on the extent of specialist research and researchers; investigating the amount of publications and citations in credible academic journals.

The Development sub-pillar focuses on the development of fundamental platforms and algorithms upon which innovative artificial intelligence projects rely.

The Commercial Ventures sub-pillar focuses on the level of startup activity, investment and business initiatives based on artificial intelligence.

The Government Spending sub-pillar focuses on the depth of commitment from national government to artificial intelligence; investigating spending commitments and national strategies.

Read our methodology report, including our full indicator table.

Explore the data

Position, size, and shade countries according to their results.

Our advisors

We’ve convened experts from a variety of sectors, ranging from industry and academia to government. 

Each offers a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges posed by artificial intelligence.

Azeem Azhar 

Senior Advisor on Artificial Intelligence for Accenture; founder of The Exponential View. Investor across the AI sector

Zeid Raad Al Hussein

Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Caspar Klynge

Tech Ambassador of Denmark

Marc-Etienne Ouimette

Head of Public Policy and Government Relations at Element AI

Tabitha Goldstaub

Co-Founder of CognitionX and Chair of the UK Government’s AI Council

Paul Clarke

CTO of Ocado

Sana Khareghani

Head of UK Government’s Office for AI

Chris Wigley

CEO of Genomics England

Tim Gordon

Founder of Best Practice AI

Amel Karboul

CEO of the Education Outcomes Fund and former Minister of Tourism, Tunisia

Jens Riis Andersen

Partner at McKinsey & Company

Ajit Jaokar

Director of Data Science for Internet of Things at the University of Oxford

Jaan Tallinn

Founder of Skype and Co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge

Jim Snabe

Chairman of Siemens

Saul Klein

Co-founder, LocalGlobe

Nigel Toon

CEO of Graphcore

Michael Chui

Partner at McKinsey & Company

Matt Clifford

Co-Founder and CEO of Entrepreneur First

Christine Foster

Managing Director for Innovation, The Alan Turing Institute

Manuel Muñiz

Dean of the School of Global and Public Affairs, IE University

Caroline Søeborg Ahlefeldt

Chairman, Donkey Republic; CEO, Casalbi

Kenneth Cukier

Senior Editor, The Economist

Dr Diego Rubio

Executive Director of IE University’s Center for the Governance of Change

Dr Adrian Weller

Programme Director for Artificial Intelligence at The Turing Institute

Doug Brown

Chief Data Scientist and Partner of Capita Consulting

Our partners

We’re grateful to our partners for supporting the work we’re doing.

Commentary & insight

We’ll report on the results of the Index through regular pieces of analysis, data visualisations, and a series of AI ThinkIns hosted in our newsroom.


Our in-depth reporting on our findings


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