PETALING JAYA: The Global AI Index which ranks the state of AI development in 62 countries has placed Malaysia at No 44, trailing behind Singapore which ranked in the top three.
Researchers measured the ranking based on analysis centered around three main pillars namely investment, innovation and implementation. The pillars are then broken down to score each country based on progress in seven aspects, such as talent, infrastructure and government strategy.
The United States, which came in first, achieved an overall score of 100 out of 100 where it has made significant strides towards generating talent, infrastructure, research, development and commercial investment for AI.
In second place is China with an overall score of 61.5 while Singapore is ranked third with an overall score of 50.
The report stated that Singapore scored highly on most relative indicators, where it achieved over 80 points for infrastructure and government strategy. It noted that Singapore has made “huge advancements” through government efforts aimed at boosting AI for research, innovation and human capital.
Malaysia achieved an overall score of 19.6 with the highest 72.2 points for operating environment and 65.3 points for infrastructure. However, Malaysia scored lowly for talent, research, development and commercial. In terms of government strategy, the Global AI Index gave Malaysia 48.1 points.
The Global AI Index was released on June 28 by Tortoise Media, a London-based journalism platform founded by former BBC News director James Harding.
The index comes from a range of 28 different data sources such as government reports, public databases from international organisations, think tanks and private companies to measure national ecosystems that determine capacity for AI.