Winning the Global Race for Artificial Intelligence Expertise

By and April 9, 2021

New applications of artificial intelligence (AI) are expanding rapidly, while countries all over the world are fiercely competing for the talent necessary to take advantage of these increasingly consequential technologies.1 The United States is still one of the top destinations for AI students and professionals, but it may not stay that way for long. Many countries, such as Canada and the United Kingdom, among others, are adapting their immigration systems to make it easier for AI experts to study, work, and stay permanently.

Meanwhile, the United States’ often rigid and confusing immigration policies make it difficult for AI professionals and students to stay in the country after they complete their education or try to change jobs. If this continues, countries like China, which is providing direct financial incentives to attract global AI talent, could gain an economic and national security edge over the United States.

Read the full article in the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy.