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