WildChina Book Club:
AI Superpowers by Kai-Fu Lee (Event #65)
Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, one of the world’s most respected experts on AI and China—reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid and unexpected pace.
In AI Superpowers, Kai-fu Lee argues powerfully that because of these unprecedented developments in AI, dramatic changes will be happening much sooner than many of us expected. Indeed, as the US-Sino AI competition begins to heat up, Lee urges the US and China to both accept and to embrace the great responsibilities that come with significant technological power.
Most experts already say that AI will have a devastating impact on blue-collar jobs. But Lee predicts that Chinese and American AI will have a strong impact on white-collar jobs as well. Is universal basic income the solution?
In Lee’s opinion, probably not. But he provides a clear description of which jobs will be affected and how soon, which jobs can be enhanced with AI, and most importantly, how we can provide solutions to some of the most profound changes in human history that are coming soon.
This event will be split into two halves:
- 5 PM PDT
Discussion with Dr. Kai-Fu Lee and WildChina founder Mei Zhang on Zoom, with audio piped into Clubhouse
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- 5:30 PM PDT
LIVE Q&A exclusively on Clubhouse (IOS Only).
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Dr. Kai-Fu Lee
Chairman and CEO, Sinovation Ventures, President, Sinovation Ventures Artificial Intelligence Institute
Dr. Kai-Fu Lee has a unique perspective on the global technology industry, having worked extensively between the US and China, and has been in artificial intelligence research, development and investment for more than 30 years. He is one of China’s top technology investors, undertaking early pioneering work in the field of artificial intelligence and working with multiple US technology giants.
Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, managing a $1.7 billion dual-currency investment fund. Sinovation is a leading technology-savvy investment firm focusing on developing Chinese high-tech companies. Lee also serves as president of the Sinovation Ventures Artificial Intelligence Institute.
Prior to founding Sinovation in 2009, Lee was the President of Google China. Previously, he held executive positions at Microsoft, SGI and Apple. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and he was Vice Chairman of the Committee of 100 and named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine. He is the author of seven best-selling books in Chinese, launching his new book AI Superpowers internationally in fall 2018, and has over 50 million followers on social media.
In the field of artificial intelligence, Lee founded Microsoft Research China, which was named as the hottest research lab by MIT Technology Review. Later renamed Microsoft Research Asia, this institute has trained the great majority of AI leaders in China, including CTOs or AI heads at Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba, Lenovo, Huawei and Haier. While with Apple, Lee led AI projects in speech and natural language, which appeared on Good Morning America on ABC Television and the front page of The Wall Street Journal. He has authored 10 US patents, and more than 100 journal and conference papers.
He has authored 10 U.S. patents, and more than 100 journal and conference papers. Altogether, Dr. Lee has been in artificial intelligence research, development, and investment for more than 30 years. His New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order (aisuperpowers.com) discusses US-China co-leadership in the age of AI as well as the greater societal impacts brought upon by the AI technology revolution.
- Mei ZhangFounder and CEO of WildChina
Mei Zhang is the founder and CEO of WildChina. Under her leadership, WildChina flourished from a small Hutong operation into an award-winning business. Mei’s own expertise has led her to win a number of personal awards, including Travel and Leisure’s A-List of Top Travel Advisors, Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist, and Wendy Perrin’s #WOW List of Travel Experts. Mei is an Aspen Institute China Fellow and currently serves as a member of Harvard Business School’s Alumni Board.