• AI SUPERPOWERS book cover by Kai-Fu Lee of Sinovation Ventures China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order

    AI Superpowers

    China, Silicon Valley and the new world order

    The United States has long been the leader in Artificial Intelligence. But Dr. Kai-Fu Lee—one of the world’s most respected experts on AI—reveals that China has caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid pace. As Sino-American competition in AI heats up, Lee envisions China and the US forming a powerful duopoly in AI. In this provocative new book, he outlines the upheaval of traditional jobs, how the suddenly unemployed will find new ways of making their lives meaningful, and how the Chinese and American governments will have to cope with the changing economic landscape...

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  • Kai-Fu Lee, Founder and CEO of Sinovation Ventures with over 30 years of AI expertise in research, development and invstment

    Dr. Kai-Fu Lee

    Chairman and CEO, Sinovation Ventures

    President, Sinovation Ventures Artificial Intelligence Institute

    Sinovation Ventures by Kai-Fu Lee
    Sinovation Ventures AI Institute by Kai-Fu Lee
  • Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, which is a leading technology-savvy investment firm focusing on developing the next generation of Chinese high-tech companies. Prior to founding Sinovation in 2009, Dr. Lee was the President of Google China. Previously, he held executive positions at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple.

     

    Dr. Lee founded Microsoft Research China, which was named as the hottest research lab by MIT Technology Review. Later renamed Microsoft Research Asia, this institute 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, Dr. Lee led AI projects in speech and natural language, which have been featured on Good Morning America on ABC Television and the front page of Wall Street Journal. 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.

     

    Dr. Lee received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Lee holds honorary Doctorate Degrees from the City University of Hong Kong and Carnegie Mellon. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and selected as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by the Time Magazine in 2013. He has written eight top-selling books in Chinese, and has more than 50 million followers on social media.

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    AI SUPERPOWERS

    Here are two well-known facts:

     

    Artificial Intelligence is reshaping the world as we know it.

    The United States has long been, and remains, the global leader in AI.

     

    That first fact is correct. But in his provocative new book, Dr. Kai-Fu Lee—one of the world’s most respected experts on AI—reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid pace. As the US-Sino competition begins to heat up, Lee envisions China and the US forming a powerful duopoly in AI, but one that is based on each nation’s unique and traditional cultural inclinations.

     

    Building upon his longstanding US-Sino technology career (working at Apple, Microsoft and Google) and his much-heralded New York Times Op-Ed from June 2017, Dr. Lee predicts that Chinese and American AI will have a stunning impact on not just traditional blue-collar industries but will also have a devastating effect as well on white-collar professions. Is the concept of universal basic income the solution? In Dr. Lee’s opinion, probably not.

     

    In AI Superpowers, he outlines how millions of suddenly displaced workers must find new ways to make their lives meaningful, and how government policies will have to deal with the unprecedented inequality between the "haves" and the "have-nots." Even worse, Lee says the transformation to AI is already happening all around us, whether we are aware of it or not.

    Dr. Lee—a native of China but educated in America —argues powerfully that these unprecedented developments will happen much sooner than we think. He cautions us about the truly dramatic upheaval that AI will unleash and how we need to start thinking now on how to address these profound changes that are coming to our world.

  • Jobs Will be Replaced by AI, but That’s Okay. World Economy Forum, Jan 2018

    An Engineer's Guide to the Artificial Intelligence Galaxy. Columbia University, May 2017

    Demo of Casper, Apple Speech Recognition Technology by Dr. Kai-Fu Lee. Good Morning America, 1992

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    The Real Threat Of Artificial Intelligence, by Kai-Fu Lee of Sinovation Ventures, New York Times

    The Real Threat Of Artificial Intelligence

    By KAI-FU LEE | The New York Times

     

    BEIJING — What worries you about the coming world of artificial intelligence?

    Too often the answer to this question resembles the plot of a sci-fi thriller. People worry that developments in A.I. will bring about the “singularity” — that point in history when A.I. surpasses human intelligence, leading to an unimaginable revolution in human affairs.

    A Blueprint For Coexistence With Artificial Intelligence by Kai-Fu Lee of Sinovation Ventures, Wired

    A Blueprint For Coexistence With Artificial Intelligence

    By KAI-FU LEE | WIRED

     

    For most of my adult life, I have been maniacally focused on my work. I would answer emails instantly during the day, and even get up twice each night to ensure that all the emails were answered. Yes, I would spend time with my family members—but just so they didn’t complain, and not an hour more.

    Robots should make money, save money, increase productivity, or deliver entertainment—and let humans be human by Kai-Fu Lee of Sinovation Ventures, Quartz

    Robots should make money, save money, increase productivity, or deliver entertainment—and let humans be human

    By KAI-FU LEE | QUARTZ

     

    In the future, the human edge will be in creativity and social interaction. Therefore, we need to focus robotics development toward what they’re good at: repetitive tasks, optimization, and utilitarian value creation. We should also let people do what they’re good at: innovation, creation, human-to-human interaction, and performing services.

    From imitation to innovation: How China became a tech superpower (interview with Kai-Fu Lee of Sinovation Ventures), Wired UK

    From imitation to innovation: How China became a tech superpower

    By CHRISTINA LARSON | WIRED UK

     

    In late October 2017, when I went to visit Kai-Fu Lee, China’s premiere artificial intelligence (AI)-focused venture capitalist, I entered his office complex from the back side of the building. Mistakenly, I took a wrong elevator and, as if tripping through a wormhole, briefly found myself in the Beijing of the past century.

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