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Skills in Asia – Shortage Hinders A.I. Development

Skills in Asia - Shortage Hinders A.I. Development

There are many Asian firms that are curious about A.I. but they are not moving forward to implement it simply because they do not have access to good talent. One poll said that only 41 percent of firms surveyed said that they have adapted it and the ones who haven`t seem to be struggling on several levels. These firms agree that to remain competitive they must be involved, hiring and implementing A.I. now to be at the leading edge in five years.

The Japanese, Korean and Chinese press are all writing about the lack of qualified professionals for technology positions in Asia.

Some companies are openly admitting that they willing to invest in but they seem to not understand where to start. A Microsoft and IDC survey that asked business leaders in 15 countries in the Asia Pacific region, was tailored to search out the reasons for or for not using said technologies. This might mean that the leaders move forward aggressively while those who struggle with new technologies fall behind. China seems to be a standout. It has embraced A.I. and other technologies in and aggressive push to dominate artificial intelligence through both public and private sector investments. Beijing aims to be the leader in A.I. breakthroughs and new ideas by the year 2030. China has great universities and is deep in skills, and armies of engineers.

Some of the reasons that firms are investing in A.I. are innovation, competitiveness, and higher margins as firms can become more efficient as they adapt to changing market conditions. Currently, China is leading the world in A.I. with its 2017 New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan while the US has fallen to second place. Most people agree that China has a well structured governance and growth framework.

Now, 85 percent of Chinese companies are active players in the field of A.I. as it leads the US, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Japan. So in the future, China could be the “sensei” of A.I. in Asia with Japan a distant second in the region. Recently, some Japanese firms have held contests in Tokyo, allowing young engineers to show their skills – most of them from China. These young engineers have, in many cases, been offered jobs by Japanese firms.

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