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Summary and Analysis of AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

A Guide to the Book by Kai-Fu Lee
By: Zip Reads
Narrated by: Michael London Anglado
Length: 58 mins
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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book.

In his best-selling book, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order, world-renowned expert on AI and China Kai-Fu Lee presents a broad look at the current state of AI, China's dramatic progress in the last five years, and the massive social disruption that will occur as AI replaces half the jobs in the world.

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What does this Zip Reads summary include?

  • Synopsis of the original book
  • A history of the development of AI
  • An insider look at China's culture of innovation
  • The dangers AI poses to humanity as a whole
  • Specific careers most likely to be affected by AI
  • Potential solutions to the massive unemployment caused by AI
  • In-depth editorial review
  • Background on Kai-Fu Lee

About the original book: As AI is poised to bring about the most massive social disruption humanity has ever seen, Kai-Fu Lee takes a detailed approach to discuss the current state of the technology and the world, who is most poised to benefit from it, and who is most likely to lose out when AI takes over. Ultimately, however, Lee's book is a call for compassion - to see AI as a tool to help benefit humanity as a whole rather than a dystopian future rife with economic inequality and global unrest. No matter who you are, Lee will help you better understand the future of AI we can expect to see in just 15 years.

DISCLAIMER: This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order. Zip Reads is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-19

Great read!

Perfect balance for me of future AI benefits (including many examples), as well as the impacts on society in the coming decade. Very eye opening.

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  • derazz
  • 03-03-19

AI Superpowers

The future of AI and the upcoming digital divide.
An imminent wave will be shortly upon us all.


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  • Philo
  • 16-02-19

Solid summary, thoughtful critique of book

The author of this summary did attentively read the book and think about it. We hear of its contents and style, as well as the book author's history. Author Kai-Fu Lee occupies an important place straddling tech in USA and China. Mr. Lee puts up clear scenarios of the future, which spur thought and discussion.
Let me start by saying Mr. Lee is apparently a good man with a good character and outlook. He is a least trying. Trying, I mean, to humanize and rein in the worst possibilities of the AI future. He is spurring thought and discussion about tghe whole picture that is very important to do now, before these creatures are walking our streets and issuing tickets (or social discredits) to us.
But I find plenty of the possibilities of this AI-cluttered world profoundly creepy and shot-through with conflicts of interest. Just imagine the friendly "compassionate" psych robot that soothes you (nudging toward some norm formulated by some remote unelected corporate oligarchy) while spying on you, to report to a credit business. How about the actual example here, of being prompted to enter your birthdate with a micro-fine little timer judging your response time for who-knows-what calculations against your interest. Ever feel like a rat in an experiment? In all this I can feel the tidal pull toward inescapable social scoring systems of the sort being piloted in China. I am seeing no sufficient answers to these conundrums yet, and I don't see them here. Indeed, I think a person inured to huge crowds and mass-tech-mediated-personal conformity (not to mention a top tech executive career-path) might presumably have cognitive blind spots (and conflicts of interest) in framing this whole future that now supposedly Team China is winning. That is not to say Mr. Lee here is not reaching for balance, he apparently is. (Key word apparently; there is a huge "trust me" story lurking behind all this. But the trusted counter-party will morph and change and add new parts once the data is out of our hands. I think the whole manifest destiny here is skewed. And not remediated by his "love' drivel. Even a great strategic thinker and technocrat might, for that very reason, have disabilities as a philosopher. Beware the risks that pool and accrue behind bromides like "love". Beware the benign smiley-face plastered on the surface. It is where the data goes and in whose hands (in an unmapped future as of now) that counts, and that is now frightfully out of our control. Until then, in my opinion, discount the "vision thing" and the PR accordingly, regardless of what this fellow says or thinks. He's a very fallible human too. I do enjoy all the reflections this is touching off, though.
Back to this book, I have to budget my resources and I notice a flurry of offerings on AI. This buy for me was a good intermediate sampling. I very well may give the book the full listening. The narrator is competent and clear.

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