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Science Fiction and the Future of AI in China (online)

September 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

How will artificial intelligence change our world? On September 16, join Kai-Fu Lee, former president of Google China and bestselling author of AI Superpowers, and celebrated novelist Chen Qiufan, author of sci-fi sensation Waste Tide, online for the launch of their new book AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future. The authors will discuss AI’s advances in China and how the technology is poised to burst into our daily lives on an unimaginable scale.

The first 100 people to register will receive a signed book plate by both authors!

According to the authors, AI will generate unprecedented wealth, revolutionize medicine and education, and create brand new forms of communication and entertainment. But in liberating us from routine work, AI will also challenge the organizing principles of our economic and social order—and bring new risks in the form of autonomous weapons and smart technology that inherits human bias. In a wide-reaching virtual conversation moderated by author and journalist David Ignatius, the authors will share urgent insights into our collective future—reminding us that, ultimately, humankind remains the author of our destiny.

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Credit: Kai-Fu Lee

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.

Chen Qiufan (aka Stanley Chen) is an award-winning author and translator, and the founder of Thema Mundi, a content development studio. He is the president of the World Chinese Science Fiction Association. His works include Waste Tide, Future Diseases, and The Algorithm for Life.


David Ignatius is an award-winning American journalist and novelist. He is an associate editor and columnist for The Washington Post, covering foreign affairs, who has written extensively about China and the Middle East. Ignatius has written eleven spy thrillers, including Body of Lies, which director Ridley Scott adapted into a film. He is a former adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and currently Senior Fellow to the Future of Diplomacy Program. Ignatius has received numerous honors, including the Legion of Honor from the French Republic, the Urbino World Press Award from the Italian Republic, and a lifetime achievement award from the International Committee for Foreign Journalism.

Admission to this event includes a hardcover copy of AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future by Kai-Fu Lee and Chen Qiufan.  A copy of the book will be mailed to you, following the event to the address you enter when you register.  Shipping is included, but international participants must register by purchasing an international participants ticket, which includes higher international shipping.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department Of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


September 16
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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