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Talent shortage poses obstacle for China’s AI plans

Friday, June 21, 2019

Subject

China's shortage of AI professionals.

Significance

For China’s efforts to lead the world in artificial intelligence (AI) to succeed, it will require a growing number of AI scientists and developers. Chinese universities and research institutions are developing training programmes and academic curricula to address a shortage of AI professionals. Efforts to attract foreign professionals are also underway.

Impacts

  • Talent trained in China will join the global workforce, potentially bolstering non-Chinese businesses.
  • China will need to make immigration easier and more attractive in order to effectively compete for talent internationally.
  • AI talent will be a seller’s market for the foreseeable future, forcing firms to pay more to retain employees.
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