Several governments in the Asia Pacific region are working to create national plans to boost AI adoption, says the report
India ranks 19th in the artificial intelligence (AI) readiness index released by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Oxford Insights. In Asia Pacific region, Japan and Singapore are also among the top 20 countries AI readiness, according to the Index.
The AI Readiness Index report examines 194 countries across the world, analysing their governance, skills and education, infrastructure and data, and government and public services to assess how well prepared these countries are to manage the possible transformative impacts of AI.
According to the report, countries with strong economies, robust systems of governance and strong data infrastructure dominated the ranking.
Uneven progress in AI adoption
In the Asia Pacific region, the AI Readiness Index covers around 54 governments. In the region, two countries are among the top 10 rank worldwide for government AI readiness including Singapore is first globally and Japan is second in Asia-Pacific region and tenth worldwide.
On other hand, two countries in the Asia Pacific region are in the bottom 10 including North Korea which is last in Asia-Pacific and rank 193 out of 194 globally. Micronesia, the small Pacific island state, is second last in Asia-Pacific region and ranks 186 globally.
This shows an uneven progress in the government adoption and readiness of AI across the Asia Pacific region. The gap in AI readiness between governments in the region may increase the risk that some specific countries can become the testing grounds, the report says.
However, several governments in the Asia Pacific region are working to create national plans to boost AI adoption, it adds.
Commenting on the development, Richard Stirling, co-founder and CEO, Oxford Insights, said, “Given that we are on the cusp of seeing widespread AI implementation across a number of sectors, it is important that governments take notice of the findings to ensure that these inequalities do not become further entrenched as we enter the fourth industrial revolution.”