AI Super-powers

Kai-Fu Lee

AI Super-powers



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Kai-fu Lee is an entrepreneur and computer scientist, specialised in artificial intelligence. Over the years, he has accumulated considerable experience, working with some of the most important companies in the world, such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple, before founding his venture capital, Sinovation Ventures. In his book, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order, he outlines the various aspects of research in artificial intelligence, and describes the current situation in the American and Chinese markets (the two main players in the global "challenge" currently underway), as well as outlining some predictions for how companies, startups, revolutionary inventions, and jobs will change in the future. From WeChat to self-driving cars, from Alibaba to applications for deep learning, from Steve Jobs to Jack Ma, he covers all of the areas and main characters of artificial intelligence, including the utopian, dystopian, and techno-optimistic scenarios that await us in the years to come.

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Analysis and key concepts


China is about to become the leader in artificial intelligence research


Deep learning and machine learning are driven by data, and China has a lot of data


The development of artificial intelligence requires data, scientists, entrepreneurs, and funds


The peculiarities of the Chinese market: from a market-driven approach, to the successes of Jack Ma and Alibaba


Chinese goals: lean startups, the “heavy” approach, the sharing economy, and the Internet-of-Things


Big inventions, small inventions: everything contributes to advancements in artificial intelligence


The four waves of artificial intelligence: internet, business, perception, and automation


Future perspectives on artificial intelligence: progress in China, and the unemployment problem


The New World Order: from irreplaceable jobs, to the importance of the human touch




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Kai-fu Lee is a Taiwanese entrepreneur, computer scientist, writer, and expert in artificial intelligence, who currently resides in China. His career charts a string of successes in some of the largest companies in the world: he worked for Microsoft, SGI, and Apple, was president of Google China, and now leads Sinovation Ventures, a two-billion-dollar venture capital that has invested in over 300 Chinese companies. Of the books that he has written, AI Super-powers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order is the most important, in which he explains the trends and details of the field, and foresees a future in which China will overtake the United States in the race for artificial intelligence.

Publishing house:

Mariner Books