Dr. Kai-Fu Lee's Unique Perspective on AI and the Two Superpowers

For anyone who wants to understand the dynamics of AI today, and how AI is likely to affect how people will work and live – and what jobs are going to thrive or fall away – New York Times bestselling author Dr. Lee is the ideal guide. Through his wide personal experience in the growth of artificial intelligence in the United States and in China, he knows better than anyone the social and political implications of AI and new technologies and how they will influence the future global economy.

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Dr. Lee's Passionate Vision for the World in AI Superpowers

How the Values of AI Technology and Our Human Need for True Connection Will Play Out

AI Superpowers has given Dr. Lee the chance to connect the dots on four decades of work, growth, and evolution. As he reflects on developments in AI through his own personal journey in different companies and cultures, from AI researcher and business executive to venture capitalist, author, and cancer survivor, Dr. Lee touches on issues both global and deeply personal: the rise of artificial intelligence, the intertwined fates of the places that he's called home, and his own evolution from a workaholic to a more loving father, husband, and human being.

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How the Values of AI Technology and Our Human Need for True Connection Will Play Out

Dr. Lee's background in technology and business expertise crystallized how AI technologies are developing in both China and the United States, while his experience in in different cultures showed him the value and need for mutual understanding across national borders. AI Superpowers offers a clear-eyed view of our global AI future, so that we as individuals and as a society can move forward.

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Dr. Lee's approach to solving AI problems

Dr. Lee's background has trained him to approach AI problems and solutions differently than others. Because he worked on turning cutting-edge AI technologies into useful products, and as a venture capitalist he funded and helped build AI startups, Dr. Lee can see how AI forms two distinct threats to jobs: one-to-one replacements and ground-up disruptions. He also sees where AI can help society, by creating new ways of efficiency in medical treatments or transportation. He is better equipped than anyone to offer a clear-eyed view of culture and society in AI in the U.S. and China, and how we can use AI to our benefit, even as its potential to disrupt the economy remains a real possibility.

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My Journey into AI

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and President of Sinovation Venture’s Artificial Intelligence Institute. Sinovation Ventures, managing US$1.7 billion dual currency investment funds, is a leading venture capital 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 received his Bachelor degree from Computer Science from Columbia University, Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both Carnegie Mellon and the City University of Hong Kong. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Lee is the author of seven best selling books in Chinese, launching new book AI Superpowers www.aisuperpowers.com internationally in fall 2018, and has over 50 million followers on social media.

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Dr. Lee’s academic and work background

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee moved to the U.S. from China when he was 11, attending middle school and high school in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He studied computer science at Columbia University in New York and later got his PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, where as his thesis he developed the world's first speaker-independent, continuous speech recognition system. He went on to become one of the world's early experts in artificial intelligence. Dr. Lee later worked as an executive, first at Apple, then SGI, Microsoft, and then served as founding president of Google China, where as one of the most prominent figures in the Chinese internet sector, he was the founding president of Google China. Dr. Lee helped establish Sinovation Ventures, a Chinese early-stage ventures firm, with a presence in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Silicon Valley.

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What Others Are Saying

John Chen

Chairman & CEO, Blackberry

“Kai-Fu Lee has great insights on one of today’s most exciting and important technological trends. China’s rapid development and commitment to the future should bring an interesting and exciting challenge to the U.S.: the game is on.”

Jerry Kaplan

AI expert, serial entrepreneur, technical innovator, educator, bestselling author, and futurist

“In his insightful and heartfelt book “AI Superpowers”, Kai-fu Lee provides a history and roadmap for Artificial Intelligence from his unique firsthand multi-cultural perspective. This instant classic offers a clear-eyed assessment of the state of the art along with its likely impact on the future of work, wealth, and international competition — but it is also much more. Lee delivers his wisdom with characteristic clarity and humility, richly illustrated with inspirational stories and lessons drawn from his lifetime of professional and personal experiences. Every civic-minded engineer, entrepreneur, and public official should keep this book by his or her bedside as an inspirational reminder of what it means to lead a life of purpose and service.”

Frank H. Wu

President, the Committee of 100

“Kaifu Lee is a legend on both sides of the Pacific. He deserves to be called a genius, because he has shown extraordinary intellect. He is not only an expert in technology, especially AI, but also an entrepreneur who has inspired so many to pursue their dreams. Only a handful of people aspire to change the world, and among them only a handful do. Lee belongs in that rare category, and in this book he offers all of us insight into how he thinks and how he has done what he has done.”