China’s “Tesla” Approach to Technology

Mar 07, 2019

When managing a country of 1.38 billion people—one in which 260,000 people die in car accidents each year—the Chinese mentality is that you can’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.

That is, rather than waiting for the perfect self-driving cars to arrive, Chinese leaders will likely look for ways to deploy more limited autonomous vehicles in controlled settings. That deployment will have the side effect of leading to more exponential growth in the accumulation of data and a corresponding advance in the power of the AI behind it.

By Dr. Kai-Fu Lee

Swarm Intelligence

Mar 05, 2019

As autonomous technology becomes more agile and more intelligent, we will see some mind-bending and life-saving applications of the technology, particularly with drones.

Swarms of autonomous drones will work together to paint the exterior of your house in just a few hours. Heat-resistant drone swarms will fight forest fires with hundreds of times the current efficiency of traditional fire crews. Other drones will perform search-and-rescue operations in the aftermath of hurricanes and earthquakes, bringing food and water to the stranded and teaming up with nearby drones to airlift people out.

By Dr. Kai-Fu Lee

Fourth Wave: Autonomous AI

Feb 28, 2019

Once machines can see and hear the world around them, they’ll be ready to move through it safely and work in it productively.

By Dr. Kai-Fu Lee

Mi First

Feb 26, 2019

How a Chinese hardware startup shows what a network of perception-AI devices could look like.

By Dr. Kai-Fu Lee