The Global AI Index

Launching December 3rd 2019

The first index to benchmark nations on their capacity for investment, innovation and implementation, in a future driven by 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.

Progress is accelerating. How do we define and address the opportunities that artificial intelligence offers? How do we manage the risks?

Our approach

To identify and define all of the areas that drive developments in artificial intelligence, creating a list of over 100 indicators.

These indicators are organised into a framework covering investment, innovation and implementation. 

Within these pillars the Index analyses processes in labour markets, research, upskilling, coding communities, venture capital, national spending, education, infrastructure and more.

This approach offers the most comprehensive picture of national capacity for artificial intelligence and surfaces an entirely new and unique data-set.

Our framework

The Global AI Index is structured such that it analyses three major parts of the artificial intelligence ecosystem; investment, innovation and implementation. 

Our investment pillar looks at the flows of capital to and from ventures focused on artificial intelligence. 

Our innovation pilar considers the rate of research and the availability of experts to create fundamental algorithms and platforms. 

Our implementation pillar focuses on the practitioners and other workers responsible for operationalising artificial intelligence and the environment in which they work. It also considers the educational and infrastructural basis on which they sit.

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.

The Index’s advisory board has informed and validated our methodology at every step.

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

Elonnai Hickok

COO at The Centre for Internet and Society

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

COO of QuantumBlack

Tim Gordon

Founder of Best Practice AI

Amel Karboul

CEO and Founder of Change, Leadership and Partnership

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

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.

Here are some of our latest stories & events.


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