Endorsements



Tony F. Chan

President of Hong Kong Univ of Science & Tech and former assistant director of the National Science Foundation

“Kai-Fu Lee distinguishes himself from the multitude of pundits on AI that have emerged recently in that he has first-hand experience in research, corporate leadership and investment in the field, as well as deep working experience in the two leading AI powers in the world: US and China. This unique background gives him unmatched insight in this fast-evolving field. This is a timely and important book.”

Stephen A. Orlins

President, National Committee on US-China Relations

“This masterful, moving, and intensely personal story illuminates the future of AI in China and the United States. For prosperity to be shared, Kai-Fu Lee’s voice must be heard. Simply a must-read for all.”

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.”

Marcus Brauchli

Former Executive Editor, The Washington Post, and managing editor, The Wall Street Journal.

“Kai-Fu Lee has written an essential book for our times. His lively, readable and personal perspective on China’s transformative achievements in technology and innovation is especially important—required reading for every policy maker, technologist, and business leader in the West.”

Joi Ito

Director, MIT Media Lab

“Kai-Fu Lee offers an entertaining, insightful, and sobering look at the not-so-distant future of AI and China’s role in propelling it forward. Its pages expose our smugness over our own technological prowess and urge us to think carefully about the implications of AI for society and, indeed, humanity at large.”

Andrew Moore

Dean, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

“Kai-Fu has spent his career being right about technology. In a world where I fear many op-ed writers are worrying about spurious side-issues of AI or being hopelessly optimistic about technology automatically causing prosperity, Kai-Fu's clear thinking is refreshing. It is particularly important to understand his careful dissection of why US vs China is not a zero-sum game, but with compassion and focus can lead to wins for the whole world. And the personal story of an arch-technologist's response to dire medical news is fascinating. I will be recommending this to all my friends who want a primer on what's really going on with AI.”

John Sculley

former Apple CEO

“Having worked closely with both of them, Kai-Fu's brilliance to understand and explain the new AI world order is comparable to when Steve Jobs connected-the-dots, explained how personal computing would fundamentally change humanity, and inspired the future. Kai-Fu's book is that good.”

Adeline Mah

Author of Bestseller Falling Leaves

“Remarkable and insightful. Meticulously researched and riveting.”

Yann LeCun

Director, Facebook Research

“Few people have had Kai-Fu Lee's diverse experience in AI. His experience has made him a sort of oracle when it comes to trends in AI-related technology in Asia and the rest of the world. This book tells the story.”

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.”

John Hopcroft

Professor, Cornell University, and Turing Award Recipient

“As the world becomes increasingly connected, intelligent and automated there will emerge two sets of people—those who will embrace change as architects and creators of the future and those who will be the consumers of the innovations and advances. Changes will come faster and faster and individuals will need to adapt in their lifetimes. Kai-Fu Lee’s book is a must read for the creators seeking to understand and harness the potential of AI for themselves, their organizations and for the benefit of the world.”

Jeffrey Lehman

Vice Chancellor, NYU-Shanghai (former president, Cornell)

“The book offers a wise guide to how we, as individuals, should set our priorities each day, each month, and each year. And it offers an equally wise, global perspective on how society might build a future that harmonizes AI’s power to think with humanity’s distinctive capacities for love, service, and compassion.”

Erik Brynjolfsson

Professor at MIT and Co-author of The Second Machine Age and Machine | Platform | Crowd

“AI is surpassing human intelligence in more and more domains, transforming the planet. Kai-Fu Lee has been at the epicenter of the AI revolution for 30 years and has now written the definitive guide.”

Tim O'Reilly

Founder, O’Reilly Media

“If you care about the future being brought to us by AI, this is the one indispensable book of 2018. If you're an entrepreneur, investor, or business leader, you'll relish the handicapping of the relative strengths of the US and China as AI superpowers, and the analysis of the stages by which AI will transform the economy. If you're a policymaker, you'll find here the recipe for a successful future human economy, even as more and more tasks are automated. Anyone who reads it will be reminded that AI does not change what really matters.”

Raj Reddy

Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Turing Award Recipient

“In this riveting narrative, Kai-Fu Lee provides a brief history of China’s emergence as an AI superpower in the short span of two decades to rival the United States’ previously unchallenged supremacy. A must-read for anyone who is curious about what the future might hold.”

Tom Mitchell

University Professor of Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University

“Nobody understands the complex of issues that will drive the explosive development of artificial intelligence in China and the U.S. better than Kai-Fu Lee. He is a technical wizard who has led AI research and development teams in both countries, has lived in both cultures, and today operates one of the most prominent AI venture funds in China. His insights into the diverse cultural, governmental and technical factors that will frame the competition between nations make this book a must-read for anybody interested in the future of AI, and how it might change the world order.”

Robert Scoble

Futurist

“ Kai-Fu Lee has a message for Westerners that should be heard loudly: the Chinese are coming and are positioned to dominate the AI era. As an American technologist, the book well laid out a cautionary tale for my fellow Silicon Valley inhabitants.”

James Fallows

The Atlantic, author of China Airborne and Our Towns

“Kai-Fu Lee's analysis of the perils and promises of AI is clear, convincing, technically sophisticated, deeply personal, and humane. Reading this book has given me a new way to think about the technological future of China, the United States, and the world.”

Sebastian Thrun

Rebel, and Founder, Udacity

“A unique book by one of the leading pioneers of the field of AI. Kai-Fu Lee is a top notch researcher, business executive and investor. He tells the tale of AI - in China and the US - better than anyone else. A great read!”

Daniela Rus

Professor and Director of MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

“Kai-Fu Lee has been part of the AI revolution for decades. Now, in this fascinating and galvanizing book, he puts into perspective China’s role in the emergence of AI superpowers onto the global scene. He also gives us an optimistic view of a future where, working together with AI systems, people can augment and amplify many aspects of work and life.”

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.”

Alan Murray

President of FORTUNE

“Kai-Fu Lee may have the most comprehensive view of the global technology scene of any living person.”

George Shultz

Former U.S. Secretary of State

“ AI is already presenting new economic opportunities – and new problems of governance – for the United States and China. To deal with this breakthrough, we first must understand how it is being applied to transform our lives and our economies. AI Superpowers is a superb primer on this important driver of change.”

Prof. Max Tegmark

MIT, author of bestseller Life 3.0: Being Human in the age of AI

“In this riveting page-turner, one of the founding fathers of China’s AI industry tells the inside story of China’a rise as an AI superpower, and shares his inspiring recipe for us flourishing rather than floundering with AI."

Chris Anderson

Head of TED

“Truly one of the wisest and most surprising takes on AI. Kai-Fu Lee connects it with humans in a logical yet inspiring way. You’ll find this book illuminating and exciting in equal measure.”

Peter Diamandis

Executive Founder, Singularity University; author of NY Times bestselling books, Abundance and BOLD

“Kai-Fu Lee is at the forefront of the coming AI revolution, helping us transcend the limitations of thought, reach, and vision. This seminal book on AI is a must read for anyone serious about understanding the future of our species.”

Arianna Huffington

Founder, HuffPost, and founder & CEO, Thrive Global

"Kai-Fu Lee's experience as an AI pioneer, top investor, and cancer survivor has led to this brilliant book about global technology. AI Superpowers gives us a guide to a future that celebrates all the benefits that AI will bring, while cultivating what is unique about our humanity."

Marc Benioff

Chairman & CEO Salesforce

"In his brilliant book, Kai-Fu Lee applies his superpowers to predicting the disruptive shifts that will define the AI-powered future and proposes a revolutionary social contract that forges a new synergy between AI and the human heart."

Satya Nadella

CEO, Microsoft

"Kai-Fu Lee's smart analysis on human-AI coexistence is clear-eyed and a must-read. We must look deep within ourselves for the values and wisdom to guide AI's development."