2023 AI Index: A Comprehensive Look at AI Progress

The 2023 AI Index, an annual study of trends in AI at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), has revealed impressive technical capabilities and increasing incorporation of AI into everyday life. Led by an independent and interdisciplinary group of AI leaders from across academia and industry, the AI Index is one of the most comprehensive reports on the impact and progress of AI. It tracks and evaluates AI progress through a wide range of perspectives, looking at trends in research and development, technical performance, ethics, economics, policy, public opinion, and education.

The report shows several key trends in 2022: AI’s impressive technical progress has captured the attention of policymakers, industry leaders, and the public alike, although 2022 was the first time in a decade where AI investment levels cooled. More specifically, AI has surpassed many benchmarks, leading researchers to reevaluate some of the very ways in which it should be tested and forcing the broader public to think more critically of its associated ethical challenges.

Katrina Ligett, professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hebrew University and a member of the AI Index Steering Committee, said “We are in a time of enormous excitement – even hype – around AI. This makes it all the more important that information like that contained in the AI Index is available to decision-makers and to the general public, to allow us to ground more debates in facts, and to highlight the areas where data about AI and its reach and impacts is not available.”

The AI Index collaborates with many different organizations to track progress in artificial intelligence. This year’s report included new analysis on foundation models, including their countries of origin and training costs, the environmental impact of AI systems, K-12 AI education, and public opinion trends in AI. The AI Index also broadened its tracking of global AI legislation from 25 countries in 2022 to 127 in 2023.

Stanford HAI’s mission is to advance AI research, education, policy and practice to improve the human condition. The AI Index is an important tool for decision-makers to take meaningful action to advance AI in responsible and ethical ways. For more information, please visit https://hai.stanford.edu/news/2023-ai-index-year-technical-achievement-newfound-public-scrutiny.

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