The Global AI Index

Is the world ready for AI? We’ve built the first index to benchmark countries on both AI innovation and implementation.


Bracing for AI’s 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 radical technologies.

And progress is accelerating. How can we tell which nations are leading the way on AI and adopting it – and which aren’t?

What we’ve investigated

Machines can now claim a growing list of tasks previously left to us, whether it be driving cars, buying stocks or stopping crime.

What we set out to understand is: where exactly in the world is such progress taking place – and what’s enabling it to happen?

Specfically, our Index answers:

  • Who’s at the forefront of AI research? How did they get there?
  • Who’s investing in AI? What are they investing in?
  • Are we ready to work with AI? What will our jobs look like?
  • Do we even trust AI? How is it impacting our laws and politics?
  • How are we balancing privacy and access to big data?
  • Is AI entering classrooms? How is it being taught?
  • What infrastructure does AI need? Is the groundwork there?
  • Who are the key AI influencers? Where are they?

How it works

Our Index comprises 100 indicators nestled in 10 pillars, together giving a comprehensive picture of the worlds of AI talent, research, investment and regulation.

The Index delivers real-time analysis and is the first of its kind to be driven by the latest machine-learning and data mining techniques.

We’ve attacked each of our pillars in turn and are now telling the stories that we’ve found.

Our advisors

We’ve convened experts from a range of industries, academia, and government who are grappling with the opportunities and challenges posed by AI.

The Index’s advisory board inform and validate our methodology – and help spot the stories in our data.

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

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.

A roadmap for policymakers

How do countries attract AI talent? How do they make the most of their data?

Through cross-country comparison on an unprecedented scale, our Index identifies the distinct models of AI development found across the globe.

The Index is a roadmap for AI policy, pinpointing the different directions governments can take as they set and update their national AI strategies.