China Takes Lead in Deep Learning Research Race

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Recent reports show that China has overtaken the U.S. in the race to becoming the world leader in deep learning research, artificial research based on and inspired by human brain functions, WeForum reports

Deep learning enables machines to learn and mimic human responses, and can be found in apps such as iPhone’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa. The up-and-coming technology was one of many branches mentioned in the White House report issues earlier this year, in an order to help prepare the U.S. for artificial intelligence and its impact on our future.

WeForum refers the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan that maps out the strategy for funding and development of AI in the U.S., which reveals that since mid-2013 China has been contributing more journal articles to the field of deep learning research and has more studies cited by other researchers than the US.

The variables are 350 articles published by Chinese researchers in 2015, in comparison to 260 in the U.S. The report says the US will need to step up investment: “Current levels of R&D spending are half to one-quarter of the level of R&D investment that would produce the optimal level of economic growth.”

Deep learning algorithms is a branch of AI with massive potential, and it is predicted that in the future it could transform anything from employment to warfare. Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce said in an article for the World Economic Forum that:

“AI follows Albert Einstein’s dictum that genius renders simplicity from complexity. So, as the world itself becomes more complex, AI will become the defining technology of the twenty-first century, just as the microprocessor was in the twentieth century.”

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