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Episode 210
Featuring Kai-Fu Lee
Kai-Fu Lee discusses the future of a world driven by artificial intelligence, what it will look like, and the challenges and opportunities that such a world will create. Topics include autonomous weapons, deep fakes, universal basic income, quantum computing, digital currencies, and the future of money.

In Episode 210 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Kai-Fu Lee, CEO of Sinovation Ventures, a leading Chinese technology venture firm. Dr. Lee was formerly the president of Google China and the New York Times bestselling author of AI Superpowers. His latest book, “AI2041: Ten Visions for Our Future,” provides the foundation for today’s conversation about the future of a world driven by artificial intelligence, what it will look like, and the challenges and opportunities for humanity that such a world will create.

In the first part of today’s episode, Kai-Fu and Demetri discuss a number of key technologies that Dr. Lee believes will play a pivotal role in transforming our lives over the next 20 years such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing, how these technologies work, and their application in fields such as autonomous driving and predictive analytics. Most of the first half, however, is spent on the subject of “deep learning,” which is a subset of machine learning, which itself is fundamental to many of the transformative technologies that the two speak about in this episode.

In the Overtime, which is available to our premium subscribers, our conversation turns to the subjects of deep fakes and autonomous weapons, job displacement, as well as digital currency, and how to think about money in the type of post-scarcity world that Kai-Fu believes we are progressively moving towards as the technologies we discuss today are increasingly integrated into our applications, devices, and systems.

This is a fascinating discussion that fits right in with the type of content that you have come to expect from this podcast. If you enjoy the first half of today’s conversation, we encourage you to take the leap and become a premium subscriber. There is no commitment; you can cancel at any time, and the entire library of premium content going all the way back to episode 1 becomes instantly available to you, including the overtimes, transcripts, and rundowns depending on your tier.

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Episode Recorded on 09/13/2021

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee has spent more than three decades at the cutting edge of artificial intelligence research, development, and investment in both the US and China. He’s the chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, a leading venture capital firm focused on developing the next generation of Chinese high-tech companies. Previously, Dr. Lee was 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. Dr. Lee is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller AI Superpowers, which examines the role of the US and China in the future of artificial intelligence, as well as its impact on society. His latest book, co-authored with award-winning science-fiction writer Chen Quifan, is called AI2041: Ten Visions for Our Future. It presents a roadmap to educate and explore the opportunities and challenges presented by AI over the coming decades.

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