SCS Distinguished Lecture and Author Booksigning - Postponed

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SCS Distinguished Lectures

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

Kai-Fu Lee is a venture capitalist, technology executive, writer, and an artificial intelligence (AI) expert, currently based in Beijing, China.

Lee developed the world's first speaker-independent, continuous speech recognition system as his Ph.D. thesis at Carnegie Mellon. He later worked as an executive, first at Apple, then SGI, Microsoft, and Google. As one of the most prominent figures in the Chinese internet sector, he was the founding director of Microsoft Research Asia, serving from 1998 to 2000; and president of Google China, serving from July 2005 through September 4, 2009. He has created personal website, 'Woxuewang' (Chinese: 我学网) dedicated to helping young Chinese people achieve in their studies and careers and his "10 Letters to Chinese College Students" were widely spread on the web. He is among the most followed micro-bloggers in China, in particular on Sina Weibo, where he has over fifty million followers.

In his book, published in 2018, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order Lee describes how China was rapidly moving forward to become the global leader in AI, and may well surpass the United States, because of China's demographics and its amassing of huge data sets. In a 28 September 2018 interview on the PBS Amanpour program, he emphasized that AI, with all its capabilities, will never be capable of creativity or empathy.

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