Kai-fu Lee has released a new book titled AI Superpowers Kai-fu Lee has released a new book titled AI Superpowers. It broadly compares artificial intelligence in China and the US, and it’s getting a lot of press. I was fortunate to hear him present part of his book at an Amcham event in Beijing.To get more tech news china, you can visit shine news official website.
The book doesn’t go into AI or business questions too deeply; it’s more personal and high-level. But peppered throughout are some fascinating details about how AI is evolving in China. One of Lee’s main points is the below chart (from his Amcham talk). His point is that we are moving from an age of discovery to one of implementation in AI. And China is better positioned to win in implementation. AI is no longer about elite cutting-edge AI researchers making big breakthroughs (which the US is better at).
It is more about taking existing discoveries and implementing them in companies and industries. He cites several key factors that matter in this implementation, such as having a lot of AI engineers, a robust entrepreneurial culture, and favorable government policies.2. China has an advantage in data, and that’s what will matter most in AI Successful AI algorithms need three things: computing power, big data, and an army of solid but not elite AI engineers. However, once you get to a sufficient volume of engineers and computing power, it is having more data that makes the difference.
More data is how you win, and China has a wealth of data, especially on the consumer side. Consumer and digital china is what really matters. While the enterprise side of digital China is not that developed, things happen fast in the consumer side (Tencent, Alibaba, Didi, etc.), and there is tons of data. China has already surpassed the US in both quantity and quality of data. Chinese consumers are now paying for real-world things with their phones. This includes food delivery, on-demand masseuses, bike riding, bus tickets, and just about everything else.