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What's changing in AI research? 

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We applied Narrative Analytics to the  the abstracts of 19,324 academic studies on AI.  The high level view of the resulting narrative map reveals a clear axes:   Building vs leveraging it on one axis, and Society/humanity vs Science on the other.

Move the slider at the lower right of the map to see how the detailed narratives fit within four higher level themes.  (Please allow up to

120 seconds for the map to load.). Does this change your view on the state of AI research?

Trending up:  Healthcare applications of AI

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Move the slider on the lower right of the above map to see the detailed sub-narratives.  Tracking them over time revealed that healthcare AI is the top trending narrative - central to 11.2% of Academic works in the latest measured quarter - up significantly from 3.9% in July 2018.  Note, we've used old data for this study as we have clients paying for analysis that shows up-to-date data. ​

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The ethics of "AI takeover" - is it studied enough?

The good news is that the ethical implications of AI are more researched than they were in 2018.  Roughly double as a percentage of all studies.  The question - should ethics related issues comprise more than the 4.41% of all published academic research on AI in the latest period?  The map provides the empirical basis to have an informed discussion of where things stand.  

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