WIPO Technology Trends – Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing every aspect of life and work. Creating a common understanding of AI based on facts is critical to maximize its benefits.

This first report in our "Technology Trends" series offers evidence-based projections to inform global policymakers on the future of AI.  It analyzes data in patent applications and scientific publications to better understand the latest trends in the field.

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Key findings

Browse our collection of the key findings to get an overview of the main takeaways from the report. For more detail, read the executive summary PDF, Tech Trends, Artificial intelligence, Executive summary.

Patent families

AI patenting has grown dramatically since 2013, with U.S. and Asian companies leading the way.

AI techniques

Machine learning is the most popular AI technique being patented and includes the fastest growing technique, deep learning.

AI applications

AI for robotics and control methods to manage the behavior of devices are the AI application areas with the fastest growth.

AI in industrial sectors

Transportation is the dominant industry and is seeing the fastest growth in AI patenting.

Expert views on AI

We partnered with leading experts from around the world to get their views on a wide range of AI issues. We’ll be adding more expert views to this page on a regular basis.

Impact of AI and Business Concerns

Kay Firth-Butterfield, World Economic Forum

From Discovery to Implementation

Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman & CEO, Sinovation Ventures

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Discover where our data comes from, how we collected it, and why we chose the approach we use.



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