In modern societies, innovation and new technologies are key to growth and development and to achieving more inclusive economies and societies. In the past decades, the development and adoption of new technologies across all sectors of the economy have been characterised by unprecedented speed, scale and scope of technological change. Some of these new technologies are so pervasive that they have the potential to affect every part of economies and societies. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one such general-purpose technology that seems set to play a key role in almost every aspect of our lives – write Vladimir Šucha Andrew Director General, Joint Research Centre European Commission and W. Wyckoff Director of Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

This joint report brings together data on patents, trademarks and scientific publications of the world’s top corporate R&D investors to shed light on the role of these key players in shaping the future of technologies, and of AI in particular. As for the two previous editions, this work results from the collaborative effort of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC-JRC) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), two organisations committed to providing solid data and analysis in support of evidence-based policy making.

The target audience of this report is quite diverse: from the scientific community to industry representatives, from practitioners to policymakers. Its aim is to provide a useful source of data and analysis to all those interested in getting a better understanding of the scientific and technological activities of key industry players, particularly in the field of AI.

Background on the report

This is a joint publication of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service and the Organisation for Economic Co -operation and Development (OECD), building on information related to the sample of the 2000 world’s top R&D investors in 2016.

Read the report here