'AI Superpowers': A Conversation With Kai-Fu Lee

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Kai-Fu Lee's new book 'AI Super Powers'

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The United States has long been the leader in artificial intelligence. But Dr. Kai-Fu Lee — one of the world's most respected experts on AI —  reveals that China has caught up to the U.S. at an astonishingly rapid pace. As Sino-American competition in AI heats up, Lee envisions China and the U.S. forming a powerful duopoly in AI. He outlines the upheaval of traditional jobs, how the suddenly unemployed will find new ways of making their lives meaningful, and how the Chinese and American governments will have to cope with the changing economic landscape. Dr. Lee predicts that Chinese and American AI will become a dominant force in world politics and economics, with stunning impact for both traditional blue-collar industries as well as white-collar professions.

What does an AI-dominated world look like? How will AI impact Sino-American relations and other multilateral cooperation? Join us for a special event with Kai-Fu Lee in conversation with Andrew McLaughlin.


Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, a $1.7 billion venture capital firm investing in Chinese and global technology companies. Dr. Lee is also the President of Sinovation’s Artificial Intelligence Institute. Prior to founding Sinovation Ventures in 2009, Dr. Lee was the President of Google China. Previously, he held executive positions at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. Dr. Lee was selected as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2013. Dr. Lee obtained a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University in 1988 and holds honorary Ph.D.s from Carnegie Mellon University and City University of Hong Kong. He is the author of seven best-selling books in Chinese and has over 50 million followers on social media.


Andrew McLaughlin is a co-founder and partner at Higher Ground Labs and executive director of the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale University. He is a venture partner at Betaworks, chairman of the board of Access Now, and a member of the board of directors at Chartbeat and Public Knowledge. He was a member of President Obama's senior White House staff, serving as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States from 2009-2011. In that role, McLaughlin was responsible for advising the President on internet, technology, and innovation policy. From 2003-2009, he was head of global public policy for Google. In 2000, Time magazine named him one of its Digital Dozen. In 2001, he was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is a fellow of the Young Leaders Forum of the National Committee on US-China Relations. 


To purchase the book visit:  http://asiastore.org/product/ai-superpowers/

Event Details

Mon 01 Oct 2018
6:30 - 8 p.m.

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New York, NY 10021

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