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US trails China in engineers, SoftBank executive Claure says

Lack of AI talent is 'number one concern' in battle for tech supremacy

SoftBank Group Chief Operating Officer and Sprint Executive Chairman Marcelo Claure testifies at the U.S. Congress in February.    © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. lags behind China in science and engineering graduates, threatening to set America back in AI, SoftBank Group Chief Operating Officer Marcelo Claure said Tuesday.

"My No. 1 concern [with] artificial intelligence in the U.S. is the lack of engineers that we are producing in comparison to other countries like China," said Claure, former CEO and current executive chairman of American telecommunications carrier Sprint, on the second day of a three-day summit promoting foreign investment in the U.S.

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