Wed, 15 September 2021

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm BST

How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Life On Earth

Kai-Fu Lee

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World-leading technologist and Artificial Intelligence expert Kai-Fu Lee joins us to reveal how, in just twenty years, AI will transform the world beyond recognition.

In just the last five years, AI has become the world’s hottest technology, with AI beating human champions in Go and Poker, and solving a 50-year old riddle of biology called protein folding. AI has helped radiologists diagnose lung cancer and even outperformed judges in issuing fair and consistent sentencing. As AI continues to advance, where does it all lead? AI is at a tipping point, and people need to wake up— both to its radiant pathways and its existential perils for life as we know it.

Now Kai-Fu Lee, the celebrated AI pioneer, former president of Google China and bestselling author of AI Superpowers, has joined forces with novelist Chen Qiufan (whom WIRED recently dubbed an “oracle” of “science fiction realism”) to produce a bold new work of “scientific fiction”, imagining how our world will be shaped by AI in 2041.

In this livestream talk from Beijing, Lee will show how AI is now poised to burst into our daily lives on an unimaginable scale. AI will generate unprecedented wealth, revolutionize medicine and education through human-machine symbiosis, and create brand new forms of communication and entertainment. In liberating us from routine work, however, AI will also challenge the organizing principles of our economic and social order. AI will also bring new risks in the form of autonomous weapons and smart technology that inherits human bias.

By gazing toward a not-so-distant horizon, Lee will offer urgent insights into our collective future—while reminding us that, ultimately, humankind remains the author of its destiny.

This event takes place at noon UK time. A replay with no time limit is included in the ticket price.

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Kai-Fu Lee

CEO of Sinovation Ventures and former President of Google China

Kai-Fu Lee is the CEO of Sinovation Ventures and New York Times bestselling author of AI  Superpowers. Lee was formerly the president of Google China and a senior executive at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. Co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence Council at the World Economic Forum, he has a  bachelor’s degree from Columbia and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon.