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In Tech Race With China, U.S. Universities May Lose a Vital Edge

  • They get the most patents -- but not in key areas like AI, 5G
  • Researchers say Trump’s order on AI needs financial follow-up
 

 
Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

The U.S. is still out in front of global rivals when it comes to innovation, but American universities –- where new ideas often percolate –- have reason to look over their shoulder.

That’s especially true for technologies like 5G phone networks and artificial intelligence. They’re exactly the fields where President Donald Trump recently insisted the U.S. has to lead -- and also the ones where Asia, especially China, has caught up.