Tag: Kai-Fu Lee

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Former Head of Google China Foresees an AI Crisis—and Proposes a Solution by Eliza Strickland

His new book, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), is something of a bait and switch. The first half explores the diverging AI capabilities of China and the United States and frames the discussion as a battle for global dominance. Then, he boldly declares that we shouldn’t waste time worrying about who will win and says the “real AI crisis” will come from automation that wipes out whole job sectors, reshaping economies and societies in both nations.


“Lurking beneath this social and economic turmoil will be a psychological struggle,” he writes. “As more and more people see themselves displaced by machines, they will be forced to answer a far deeper question: In an age of intelligent machines, what does it mean to be human?”


In a wide-ranging Q&A with IEEE Spectrum, Lee not only explored this question further, he also gave his answer.

I think this ultimately means too many idle humans feeling worthless (worth + less). Too many humans in general. I’m not a religious person but I think the bible has some instructive words in Proverbs 16:27. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece Or the American Standard Version: A worthless man…

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