The Global AI Index

Launching December 3rd 2019

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.

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 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 indicators

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 relaibility 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.

View all of our indicators here.

Our insights

Over 50 nations will be scored across our seven pillars, leading to an overall ranking of the country with the highest capacity for artificial intelligence.

Data analysis and visualisation will be at the heart of the Global AI Index. A full report of our methodology and findings will be released alongside the Index’s launch on December 3rd.

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

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

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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