Many industries have already begun to change in subtle and not-so-subtle ways with the application of AI. Taxis, air travel, stock trading, search engines, buying stuff online... to name just a few, have incorporated developments in deep learning to make how we interact with these services and entertainments more efficient.
But more is to come. As Dr. Kai-Fu Lee explores in great depth in AI Superpowers, there are many opportunities where certain professions can progress. Scientists and aerospace engineers, and even medical professions will become more reliant on AI.
Dr. Lee predicts that it will not be long until AI algorithms can perform many of the diagnostic functions of medical professionals. Those algorithms will pinpoint illness and prescribe treatments more effectively than any single human can. In some cases, doctors will use these equations as a tool. In some cases, the algorithms may replace the doctor entirely.
In addition, AI Superpowers shows that many professions that form the bedrock of the middle class—truck drivers, accountants, office managers, paralegals —will be hollowed out. Dr. Lee writes that some of these workers might transition into some of the highly social, highly dexterous occupations that will remain safe. Among the fastest-growing (and lowest-paid) professions in America are home healthcare aides. As Dr. Lee notes, a rush of newly displaced workers trying to enter the industry will only exert more downward pressure on the profession.
So, there are things to be hopeful about and things to worry about. AI Superpowers does not shy from the hard realities of AI, but also offers a realistic way forward.
"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."
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."
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."
We will see many new inventions thanks to AI. Some will change how we perform a single task or some may disrupt a whole industry. There will also be technological changes that will cut across dozens of industries, with the potential to fundamentally alter economic processes and even social organization. AI Superpowers explores these general-purpose technologies to give you a clear picture of what to expect, and how it will affect you.
Venture capital money will find ways to wring every dollar of productivity out of a general purpose technology like artificial intelligence, in particular those moonshot ideas that could disrupt and recreate an entire industry. Over the coming decade, voracious VCs will drive the rapid application of the technology and the iteration of business models, leaving no stone unturned in exploring everything that AI can do.
AI Superpowers is your companion and guide to this new world order of AI-enabled business and industry – thanks to Dr. Kai-Fu Lee's extensive business and cultural background in the U.S. and China, in his work as an AI innovator and a leader in VC funding.