China’s Core Artificial Intelligence Sectors Post 18% Growth in 2022

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The Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) sector posted roaring growth in 2022, amidst the adverse economic impacts of a renewed round of Covid-related lockdown measures.

Estimates from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) indicate that the added value of China’s core AI sectors hit 508 billion yuan in 2022, for a year-on-year (YoY) increase of 18%.

“Artificial intelligence continues to empower various fields of economic and social development, and has become a new driving force for the leapfrogging development of science and technology, industrial optimization and upgrade, and overall productivity growth,” CAICT said.

“As the impact of artificial intelligence empowerment becomes more and more significant, an increasing number of industries and fields are accelerating their embrace of artificial intelligence, which drives the iterative upgrading of artificial intelligence technology and the overall development and progress of the industry” said He Baohong (何宝宏), director of CAICT’s Institute of Cloud Computing and Big Data.

The push for greater adoption of AI in China is evident from the number of academic papers and patents applications coming out of the country.

CAITC data indicates from 2012 to September 2022 China accounted for around 28% of the approximately 1 million papers published in the field of AI globally. The percentage of high-level paper output for China increased from 20.36% in 2012 to 50.71% in 2021.

China also accounts for around 60% of the roughly 250,000 AI patents granted globally.