Ashwin Acharya

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Ashwin Acharya is a Research Analyst at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) focused on R&D policy and bibliometric analysis. Most recently, he was a Research Scholar at the University of Oxford, working with the Center for the Governance of AI. Previously, Ashwin was a Summer Research Associate at CSET, where he co-authored an analysis of the Chinese government’s AI R&D funding. Ashwin is a master’s candidate in Georgetown’s Security Studies Program and received his B.A. in Physics from the University of Chicago.

"AI is very different from other security-relevant technologies, in that the private sector is in the driver's seat." Zach Arnold and Ashwin Acharya joined the ChinaTalk podcast to discuss their work at CSET on AI investment.

China aims to become “the world’s primary AI innovation center” by 2030. Toward that end, the Chinese government is spending heavily on AI research and development (R&D)—but perhaps not as heavily as some have thought. This memo provides a provisional, open-source estimate of China’s spending.