Books  |    |  September 25, 2018

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

Book by Kai-Fu Lee.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
272 pages.

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee—one of the world’s most respected experts on AI and China—reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid and unexpected pace.

Kai-Fu Lee argues powerfully that because of these unprecedented developments in AI, dramatic changes will be happening much sooner than many of us expected. Indeed, as the US-Sino AI competition begins to heat up, Lee urges the US and China to both accept and to embrace the great responsibilities that come with significant technological power.

Most experts already say that AI will have a devastating impact on blue-collar jobs. But Lee predicts that Chinese and American AI will have a strong impact on white-collar jobs as well. Is universal basic income the solution? In Lee’s opinion, probably not. But he provides a clear description of which jobs will be affected and how soon, which jobs can be enhanced with AI, and most importantly, how we can provide solutions to some of the most profound changes in human history that are coming soon.

Table of Contents

  1. China’s Sputnik Moment
  2. Copycats in the Coliseum
  3. China’s Alternate Internet Universe
  4. A Tale of Two Countries
  5. The Four Waves of AI
  6. Utopia, Dystopia, and the Real AI Crisis
  7. The Wisdom of Cancer
  8. A Blueprint for Human Coexistence with AI
  9. Our Global AI Story

About the Author

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is the chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, a leading technology-savvy investment 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.