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5 million artificial intelligence talents urgently needed in China

By Zhang Huan (People's Daily Online)    17:30, July 14, 2017
5 million artificial intelligence talents urgently needed in China

The shortage of artificial intelligence talents in China is so severe that more than 5 million professionals are urgently needed, given that the ratio of demand and supply is 1 to 10, insiders disclosed.

The number of global AI talents is more than 1.9 million, with 850,000 being from the U.S.

China is ranked seventh in the world with 50,000 AI talents according to a report recently released by LinkedIn, the World’s largest business social networking site.

Current supply cannot meet the demand for AI talents in China. The scarcity of talents is attributed to the fact that many Internet enterprises scramble for AI professional, offering high salaries. Meanwhile, majority of AI professionals are still in school or scientific research institutions.

However, the report points out that 43.9 per cent of China’s AI technical talents were from the U.S., noting that the continuous arrival talents in the country will narrow the AI technological gap between China and other countries.

The talents mainly work for China’s three Internet giants, including Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, which offer them abundant data and high salaries to conduct relevant AI research.

Nevertheless, China still has bright prospects for AI development as the number of its talents with high academic qualifications is 62.1 per cent, compared to the U.S. with 56.5 per cent. The report indicates that the potentials of China’s AI talents cannot be underestimated despite their lack of experience.

Wang Di, vice-president of LinkedIn China, said China’s Internet technology innovation, massive data as well as capital inflows, are expected to attract more global talents, thereby endowing the country with strong competitiveness in the global artificial intelligence domain. 

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