The shortage of artificial intelligence (AI) talents in China is so severe that more than 5m AI professionals are urgently needed, insiders disclosed.
The number of global AI talents is more than 1.9 million, with 850,000 being from the US, according to a report recently released by LinkedIn, the world's largest business social networking site.
China is ranked seventh in the world with 50,000 AI talents. Some insiders believe that the supply-demand ratio for AI talents is 1 to 10 in China.
The scarcity of talents is attributed to the fact that many internet enterprises scramble for AI professionals, offering high salaries.
Meanwhile, the majority of AI professionals are still in school or scientific research institutions.
However, the report points out that 43.9% of China's AI technical talents were from the US, noting that the continuous arrival of talents in the country will narrow the AI technological gap between China and other countries.