The Global AI Index

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

What is this?

Making sense of artificial intelligence… on a global scale

Artificial intelligence is a transformative phenomenon in business, government and society. But it is also commonly misunderstood or misrepresented. 

The Global AI Index is making sense of artificial intelligence in 62 countries around the world. 

We have examined the forces accelerating development in artificial intelligence through three pillars of analysis; investment, innovation and implementation.


Our 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 pillars

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


Explore the data

Position, size and compare countries based on their results on The Global AI Index.


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.

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

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Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Tech Ambassador of Denmark

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

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CTO of Ocado

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Head of UK Government’s Office for AI

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CEO of Genomics England

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Founder of Best Practice AI

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

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Partner at McKinsey & Company

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

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

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Chairman of Siemens

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Co-founder, LocalGlobe

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CEO of Graphcore

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Partner at McKinsey & Company

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Co-Founder and CEO of Entrepreneur First

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Managing Director for Innovation, The Alan Turing Institute

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

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Chairman, Donkey Republic; CEO, Casalbi

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Senior Editor, The Economist

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

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Programme Director for Artificial Intelligence at The Turing Institute

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Chief Data Scientist and Partner of Capita Consulting

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Founder & CEO, Human Capital Network

Our partners

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

Commentary & insight

Here are some of our latest stories & events


Alexandra Mousavizadeh in conversation with AI experts.

1. Tom Fletcher, Global Tech Panel

2. Fabrizio Hochschild, under Secretary General at the UN

3. Doug Brown, Capita

4. Joanna Shields, CEO, Benevolent AI

5. Heather McGowen on Future of Work

6. Vishal Chatrath, CEO Prowler

7. JF Gagne, CEO Element AI

8. Jim Snabe, Chairman, Siemens


Our in-depth reporting on our findings


Download our explainers as PDFs


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