The Founders of the Best Artificial Intelligence Companies are Immigrants!

According to a new study, 65% of the top AI companies in America are founded by immigrants. This research shows that immigrants are fueling AI in America by founding many of the best AI companies in the country.

Almost two-thirds of the top AI companies in the US were founded or co-founded by immigrants, according to research conducted by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP). Of the top 43 companies, 28 have immigrant founders.

Analysts say lenient immigration policies will advance US leadership in artificial intelligence and other technology fields.

The research was conducted through interviews and fact-finding on 43 US companies on the Forbes AI 50, a list of the top startup companies "developing the most promising business applications of artificial intelligence, with compelling visions and the resources and technical capabilities to realize them".

According to Eric Schmidt, chairman, and Robert Work, vice chairman, of the National Security Commission, which produced the 2021 Final Report on Artificial Intelligence, "Human capital advantages are particularly important in AI, where demand for talent far exceeds supply. High-skilled immigrants accelerate American innovation, foster entrepreneurship, and create jobs."

There is significant diversity among immigrant entrepreneurs at the top AI companies, with founders born in 21 different countries. Immigrants from India founded 10 of the top US-based AI companies in the study, with immigrants from Israel and the UK coming in second with 3 companies each, followed by Canada, China and France with 2 companies each. Immigrants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Iran, Kenya, Lebanon, Taiwan, Syria, Poland, Taiwan, Syria, Poland and other countries founded or co-founded one of the top US-based AI companies.

Best known for ChatGPT, the chatbot integrated into Microsoft's Bing search engine, OpenAI is a perfect example of US-born and foreign-born talent working together to create a cutting-edge company. OpenAI has two US-born founders (Sam Altman and Greg Brockman) and other founders born in Canada (Ilya Sutskever), South Africa (Elon Musk) and Poland (Wojciech Zaremba). The company has 375 employees and is valued at $29 billion.

AI-driven businesses founded by immigrants include a variety of products and services. For example, Pachama, founded by Argentine-born immigrants Diego Saez Gil and Tomas Aftalion, uses AI and satellite data to estimate the carbon stored in forests. Other top AI companies founded by immigrants use AI in sales (Clari), farming (FarmWorks), construction (Canvas), drug discovery (Insitro) and medical diagnostics(Viz.ai).

AI is expected to have enormous positive productivity impacts, both by increasing the level of productivity and by accelerating future productivity growth.

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