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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of the World

October 5, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Kai-Fu Lee, tech luminary and author of AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order, shares his insights with Andrew McAfee, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy at the MIT Sloan School of Management, about how AI will change our lives. Rana Foroohar, global business columnist with the Financial Times, will moderate the conversation.

Media partner: Silicon Dragon

Friday, October 5, 5:30–7:00 PM
Speakers: Kai-Fu Lee; Andrew McAfee; Rana Foroohar
Event Fee: Members $25 (Become a Member Now!); Non-Members $40; Students $20 (student tickets SOLD OUT)
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

How will AI change our lives? Join China Institute for an evening with tech luminary and business mogul Kai-Fu Lee and Andrew McAfee, co-director of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, who will discuss how AI will change our lives. Lee’s provocative new book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order sees China, armed with Big Data, challenging the United States in the AI sector. Lee up-ends some conventional assumptions about AI as a job destroyer and envisions how China and the U.S. can find solutions to some of the most profound socio-economic changes in human history—coming soon.

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures (www.sinovationventures.com/) and President of Sinovation Venture’s Artificial Intelligence Institute. Sinovation Ventures, managing US$2 billion dual currency investment funds, is a leading venture capital firm focusing on developing the next generation of Chinese high-tech companies. 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 from Computer Science from Columbia University, 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 also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and followed by over 50 million audience on social media. Dr. Lee has been in artificial intelligence research, development, and investment for more than 30 years. His latest book AI Superpowers (aisuperpowers.com) releasing fall 2018 discusses US-China co-leadership in the age of AI as well as the greater societal impacts brought upon by the AI technology revolution.

Andrew McAfee is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His 2014 book on these topics, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, coauthored with Erik Brynjolfsson, has won several prestigious awards and has been both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal top ten bestseller. His newest book with Brynjolfsson, Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future, published June 2017, offers an executive’s guide to succeeding during this turbulent era. Andrew has written for innumerable publications including Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He has talked about his work on CNN and 60 Minutes, at the World Economic Forum, TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival, with Tom Friedman and Fareed Zakaria, and in front of innumerable global and domestic audiences. He is also the host of the popular podcast, Minds and Machines with Andrew McAfee.

Rana Foroohar is Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst. Her book, Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business, about why the capital markets no longer support business, was shortlisted for the Financial Times McKinsey Book of the Year award in 2016.

Prior to joining the FT and CNN, Foroohar spent 6 years at TIME, as an assistant managing editor and economic columnist. She previously spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs and the East West Center. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Tickets include a copy of the book. Refreshments will be served.


October 5, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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