Thoughts About the AI Readiness Index From 2019 to 2020

Original article was published by Alex Moltzau 莫战 on Artificial Intelligence on Medium


Thoughts About the AI Readiness Index From 2019 to 2020

A short article exploring a few surface changes

To begin with I think it is important to be critical of rankings. Still, they are interesting and is not unlikely be a discussion point for people in business and politicians. This article does not go in-depth, rather it is a rapid look at the changes in the AI Readiness Index from 2019 to 2020.

What is the AI Readiness Index?

The AI Readiness Index is created by Oxford Insights and the International Development Research Centre. It began in 2017.

“In 2017, Oxford Insights created the world’s first Government AI Readiness Index, to answer the question: how well placed are national governments to take advantage of the benefits of AI in their operations and delivery of public services?” [Oxford Insights]

According to the makers it was not created to fuel the global AI race, rather to help policymakers everywhere: “…see where they are performing well, and in which areas they may wish to target their attention going forward.”

Last year the 2019 edition of the Government Artificial Intelligence (AI) Index, showed the extent to which governments around the world were prepared to take advantage of the benefits of AI.

The index covers 194 countries and territories.

It ranks them according to their preparedness to use AI in the delivery of public services. This is important to stress.

Each country is allocated a score comprised of 11 input metrics under 4 clusters: (1) governance, infrastructure and data, (2) skills and education, and (3) government and (4) public services.

The data for 2019 as an example is openly available:

They mix a variety of indicators from different reports.

People working within the field of AI or as politicians may be interested to see how their countries rank.

What is the ranking for 2020?

The following is a screenshot of the top ten for 2020.

Screenshot of top ten slots from the AI Readiness Index 2020

2019 AI Readiness Index

It is perhaps interesting to some extent to look at the overall ranking from 2019 as a frame for comparison.