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Recap: Science Fiction and the Future of AI in China, 9.16.21

Recap: Science Fiction and the Future of AI in China, 9.16.21

How will artificial intelligence change our world? 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, discussed the many ways to answer that question at a book launch celebrating their new title AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future on September 16.

The authors discussed AI’s advances in China and how the technology is poised to burst into our daily lives on an unimaginable scale, in a conversation moderated by award-winning journalist David Ignatius, and put on in partnership with The Strand Bookstore.


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 (Moderator) 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.

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