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The 2017 AI Index Report

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2017 Report

This report aggregates a diverse set of data, makes that data accessible, and includes discussion about what is provided and what is missing. Most importantly, the AI Index 2017 Report is a starting point for the conversation about rigorously measuring activity and progress in AI in the future.

Volume of Activity

The Volume of Activity metrics capture the "how much" aspects of the field, like attendance at AI conferences and VC investments into startups developing AI systems.

Technical Performance

The Technical Performance metrics capture the "how good" aspects; for example, how well computers can understand images and prove mathematical theorems.

Derivative Measures

We investigate the relationship between trends. We also introduce an exploratory measure, the AI Vibrancy Index, that combines trends across academia and industry to quantify the liveliness of AI as a field.

Towards Human Performance

We outline a short list of notable areas where AI systems have made significant progress towards matching or exceeding human performance. We also discuss the difficulties of such comparisons.

Expert Forum

We include subjective commentary from a cross-section of AI experts. This Expert Forum helps animate the story behind the data in the report and adds interpretation the report lacks.


Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson

Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Professor and Director of Stanford Digital Economy Lab at HAI

photo of Jack Clark

Jack Clark

AI Index Steering Committee Co-Chair; CSET Research Fellow; former Policy Director, OpenAI

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