The UK government has emerged as a frontrunner in recognizing the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI).
Britain has undertaken significant investments to propel the nation into the forefront of AI innovation. This strategic move underscores a commitment to harnessing the economic and societal benefits that AI technologies can offer. One notable initiative is the UK government's commitment to investing in research and development within the AI sector. Funding has been allocated to support cutting-edge projects, spanning various domains, from healthcare and education to finance and transportation. This financial backing aims to nurture a robust ecosystem of AI innovation, fostering the development of groundbreaking technologies that can address real-world challenges.
Collaboration has been a cornerstone of the UK government's approach to AI investment. Partnerships between government bodies, academia, and industry players have been actively encouraged to leverage collective expertise and resources. Such collaborative efforts not only accelerate the pace of AI advancements but also ensure that the benefits are widely distributed across sectors. The emphasis on skills development is another key aspect of the UK government's strategy. Recognizing the importance of a skilled workforce in driving AI innovation, initiatives have been launched to enhance education and training in AI-related disciplines. This includes efforts to upskill existing professionals as well as initiatives aimed at nurturing the next generation of AI talent through educational programs and scholarships.
The United States invests the most in AI, with a total of £261,350 million spent in the last five years. The United Kingdom comes third with a total of £20,317 million investment in AI over the past five years. When assessed against GDP, their spending is one-third less compared to U.S investment per thousand dollars of GDP.
When looking at the investment relative to the country’s overall economic output (GDP), Singapore is leading in AI spending, with $15.01 for every thousand dollars of GDP - 16% more than the U.S investment (per thousand $GDP).
AI statistics from AIPRM, has found that the United States is the country investing the most in AI, with £261,350 million spent in the last five years. They have invested £54,010 million in 2023 alone, a 65.94% increase from that of 2019.
China places second with £105,531 million spent on AI between 2019 to 2023, around 60% less than the United States. The country’s investment in AI has been slowing down since 2019, totalling £11,986 million in 2023, about a third less than their spending in 2019.
In third place is the United Kingdom with a £20,317 million investment across the same period, almost 13 times less than the US by comparison.
The other tech giant country in Asia, India, ranks fourth place with a £12,844 million investment in AI in the last five years. The country exceeds Germany, who ranks fifth by nearly 13% (£1,469 million).
The country with the most significant growth in AI investment in the past five years is Sweden - an astonishing 2310%!
When AI investment statistics are judged against the country’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product), Singapore comes out on top. Despite placing tenth in terms of the amount of money spent, their investment over the past 5 years is equivalent to 1.5% of its current GDP (in 2022). When compared to the U.S, their rate of AI investment is outpacing the U.S by 16% per thousand $GDP.
This is followed closely by Sweden whose investment in AI is over 14 dollars per thousand $ GDP - equivalent to 1.4%. They are also the only other nation investing more than the U.S in AI in relative wealth terms (over 9%).
The United States is investing $12.90 per thousand $GDP (1.29%), followed by Estonia who is investing $10.89 per thousand $ GDP (1.089%).
Coming in fifth place is the UK. Between 2019 and 2023, the UK’s level of AI investment stands at 64.46%, meaning nearly a third less spending compared to U.S investment per thousand $GDP.