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S. Korea falling far behind China in terms of AI: KITA

All Headlines 11:00 January 10, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is falling far behind China in terms of the total number of experts in the field of artificial-intelligence (AI) technologies, an international trade organization said Thursday.

According to a report announced by Korea International Trade Association's (KITA), the number of AI experts in China is estimated at around 18,000, far more than South Korea's 2,600. The corresponding number in the U.S. was estimated at around 28,000.

Experts were defined as those who have published papers or filed patents related to AI technologies over the past 10 years, KITA said.

The number of AI companies in China also came to 1,040, accounting for 21 percent of the worldwide total, while South Korea was home to only 26 firms, KITA added.

Over the 1999-2017 period, China accounted for 37 percent of the 100,000 units of AI-related patents filed around the globe, hovering far above the United States' 24.8 percent and Japan's 13.1 percent. South Korea accounted for 8.9 percent over the cited period.

KITA said Chinese companies have been rolling out various services powered by AI technologies on the back of support from the government.

Chinese start-ups have been rolling out different AI solutions ranging from education and medical segments, expanding their presence in the global market, the report said.

Park So-yeong, a researcher at KITA, said South Korea should make efforts to foster AI experts, and seek to utilize such professionals.

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