I recommend AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Dr. Kai-Fu Lee — a book first recommended to me by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. I pass along the recommendation eagerly, and not just to those who are keenly interested in cyber law, as I am. AI Superpowers offers a timely and important view on the rapid development of artificial intelligence, China’s relentless drive to dominate the field, and the need for a strong moral vision to guide this new era of technological innovation.
Kai-Fu Lee is widely regarded as one of the world’s top researchers on artificial intelligence. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and previously served as the president of Google China. Corporate America, he warns, is unprepared for China’s bid to dominate markets around the globe. He thoroughly outlines the four waves of AI research and development: (1) internet artificial intelligence; (2) business artificial intelligence; (3) perception artificial intelligence; and (4) autonomous artificial intelligence. He also urges us to see the development of AI not as a race to global conquest, but as an opportunity to work collaboratively in developing technology that can transform our world for the betterment of all.
Ultimately, Lee offers a clear-eyed and frank assessment of U.S. and Chinese artificial intelligence capabilities and ambitions — and the prediction that China will outpace the U.S. in developing internet artificial intelligence and perception artificial intelligence within the next five years.
AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
Book by Dr. Kai-Fu Lee
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2018)
Available on Amazon and Kindle