Kai-Fu Lee is very bullish about the future of AI in China. He started his lunch keynote at MIT’s AI and the Future of Work event by predicting that self-driving cars will become a mass phenomenon in the U.S. in 15 to 20 years. But in China it will be “more like 10 years.”
That may come as a surprise to many American observers of and participants in the rush to capitalize on recent progress in artificial intelligence. Especially when such predictions come from someone with the stature of Kai-Fu Lee and his deep familiarity with the state-of-AI in both North America and China. Lee completed his PhD in artificial intelligence (speech recognition) at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1988, worked at Apple, SGI, Microsoft and Google and, in 2009, established Beijing-based Sinovation Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm.
Read Kai-Fu Lee on China’s AI Revolution, December 2017 (PDF)