China's expanding data trove
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The volume of digital information produced in China is vastly outstripping that of the U.S., according to new research from Seagate and technology research group IDC.
The big picture: This includes financial records, photos and other documents stored on the internet. By 2025, China will hold 27.8% of the world's data, compared to 17.5% that will reside in the U.S. China's data is growing 3% faster than the global average every year.
Why it matters: Data is a primary driver of AI, and China's vast and growing pool gives it a big leg up. But China is behind on developing the talent to put the data to use — this is where the U.S. shines.