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AI: The Route To A Smarter Future

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The pandemic has sent shockwaves round the world. It has also revealed in starker detail the critical role AI can play in addressing some of our global challenges. How is AI being implemented across different sectors and economies, and what are the problems and issues that must be overcome to create real value? Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, is a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence and author of the bestselling book AI Superpowers, which he presented at DLD Munich 2019. Dr. Lee  explored the future of AI in conversation with Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick.

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Kai-Fu Lee, Sinivation Ventures
David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
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Kai-Fu Lee

David Kirkpatrick

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and President of the company’s Artificial Intelligence Institute. Prior to founding Sinovation in 2009, Dr. Lee was the President of Google China. Previously, he held executive positions at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. Dr. Lee received his Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both Carnegie Mellon and the City University of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and followed by over 50 million on social media. His bestselling book AI Superpowers discusses U.S.-China co-leadership in the age of AI as well as the greater societal impacts brought upon by the AI technology revolution.

David Kirkpatrick is a journalist and media entrepreneur. He is founder and CEO of Techonomy Media, which hosts the annual Techonomy conference, on technology, innovation, and business and social progress. Techonomy produces editorial content about technology’s integral role in, increasingly, everything. Kirkpatrick’s bestselling book, The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company that is Connecting the World, has been published in 32 languages and was a finalist for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year as well as the Gerald Loeb Award. He was for many years senior editor for Internet and technology at Fortune where he wrote numerous cover stories and created Fortune’s Brainstorm conference.

  • Kai-Fu Lee
  • David Kirkpatrick

Speakers

  • Kai-Fu Lee
  • David Kirkpatrick

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and President of the company’s Artificial Intelligence Institute. Prior to founding Sinovation in 2009, Dr. Lee was the President of Google China. Previously, he held executive positions at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. Dr. Lee received his Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both Carnegie Mellon and the City University of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and followed by over 50 million on social media. His bestselling book AI Superpowers discusses U.S.-China co-leadership in the age of AI as well as the greater societal impacts brought upon by the AI technology revolution.

David Kirkpatrick is a journalist and media entrepreneur. He is founder and CEO of Techonomy Media, which hosts the annual Techonomy conference, on technology, innovation, and business and social progress. Techonomy produces editorial content about technology’s integral role in, increasingly, everything. Kirkpatrick’s bestselling book, The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company that is Connecting the World, has been published in 32 languages and was a finalist for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year as well as the Gerald Loeb Award. He was for many years senior editor for Internet and technology at Fortune where he wrote numerous cover stories and created Fortune’s Brainstorm conference.

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Time Topic
0:00 Welcome by Steffi Czerny
2:05 Introduction by David Kirkpatrick
4:15 Kai-Fu Lee revisits key arguments he made in his book AI Superpowers.
6:20 “China truly is an equal AI power to the United States.”
7:15 18 AI unicorns and counting: “Traditional companies are becoming really smart in using AI… the infusion of AI into traditional businesses is what will create the greatest value.”
9:20 The four waves of AI adoption: “The Internet giants have got the lowest hanging fruit, and they’ve also become the AI giants. But there are three more waves coming…”
11:00 Ranking the tech giants: How well are Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft positioned in the field of AI?
14:15 How is artificial intelligence extending into every industry?
16:15 Digitizing work, banking and fintech go AI.
21:20 “Europe has a bit of a challenge.”
25:25 Privacy regulation: a potential competitive advantage for Europe?
28:00 “The giants are always defeated when something totally different comes out and catches them by surprise.”
30:00 Globalization faces “a moment of awakening”.
32:25 “The most amazing thing about AI”? It can be applied to “any situation where there’s data” – from e-commerce to medicine and climate modeling.
34:20 The many ways AI is already present in the daily lives of Chinese citizens.
36:10 “In many restaurants the robots are serving the food…”
37:35 Autonomous robots in factories and other controlled environments. “I think robotics has been pushed forward by Covid.”
38:55 AI in education: “It’s very personalized… All of the best Chinese educational online tools are fully interactive.”
40:20 “There are now virtual teachers who can teach entry-level subjects…”
41:55 The benefits of AI in medicine.
45:20 AI and the pandemic.
48:30 How should artificial intelligence be regulated? What about biased algorithms?
54:00 Privacy protection in an age of AI.
55:30 The most promising applications in robotics and AI.
56:45 How agriculture is benefiting from automation.
57:30 Killer drones: the scariest development in AI.
58:30 China, privacy and AI.
1:00:15 What should Europe do to catch up?
1:01:45 Controlling data: which cloud do you trust?
1:05:05 Wrap-up.

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