Growing inequality in AI research

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The 2020 presidential election presents two stark paths for the direction of future-focused scientific research, I write with my Axios colleague Alison Snyder. Why it matters: Science is a long game, with today's breakthroughs often stemming from research carried out decades ago, often with government help. That means the person who occupies the White House over the next four years will help shape the state of technology for decades into the future. Where it stands: The Trump administration's record on science is criticized by experts in nearly every field, from climate change to biotechnology to health, who sense that science as a practice has been deprioritized and politicized. Yes, but: Two research areas prioritized under the Trump administration -- AI and quantum information sciences (QIS) -- are at the heart of technonationalism and the global science race, particularly between the U.S. and China.

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