Book Reviews

The Guardian: Best books of 2018

AI Superpowers by Kai-Fu Lee (Houghton Mifflin) is a superb and very timely survey of the impact of AI on the geopolitical system, the job market and human society. Unlike most books of its kind, it is written from the perspective of China rather than Silicon Valley. It raises important concerns about the cataclysmic disruptions AI might cause, and avoids the naive techno-utopianism that reigns on both sides of the Pacific. If the AI superpowers enter an escalating arms race, whoever wins, humanity will be the loser.

FT readers’ best books of 2018

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee

There are so many great books on artificial intelligence out there, but this one in particular was of great interest as it looks at AI from a Chinese, not US, perspective. One point that stood out was his observation of how many US tech companies are developing AI/algorithms in a US environment for US consumers/users, and then simply applying these to foreign markets without taking into account any of the unique intricacies of those countries. A great read for anyone interested in AI or international business — or both. — Oil CPA

The Economist’s Books of the Year

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order. By Kai-Fu Lee

A former manager at assorted American tech giants—and now the boss of a Chinese venture-capitalist fund—anticipates the coming contest to dominate artificial intelligence. He thinks China will crush Silicon Valley because it has more data, disdains privacy and competes more ruthlessly. Thought-provoking, if not altogether convincing.