SF – Will China Supersede Silicon Valley in the Next Era of AI?

Date: November 14, 2018

Time: 6.30 PM ET

Speaker: Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures

From the very beginning, the history of artificial intelligence has been dominated by the United States, and Silicon Valley in particular. Americans are great at out-of-the-box thinking, blue sky innovation, creating fundamentally new technologies where none existed before. Now that AI is starting to show up in practical applications impacting work and life, you’d expect American companies to keep leading the way – and you just might be wrong. Kai-Fu Lee, our guest at the next What’s Now: San Francisco, thinks China is poised to supersede the United States and lead the way into the next era of AI. Lee makes a compelling case that China is better positioned to drive the practical applications of AI through the economy. There are a variety of reasons for this, ranging from massive support from the Chinese government, easy access to much greater amounts of digital data, and the hype-competition of Chinese entrepreneurs who are not afraid to copy good ideas and quickly apply them in incrementally new ways. Lee will lay out the full case at our event and build off the argument he makes in his new book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order.

There are few people in the world in a better position to make such a controversial argument. Lee migrated from Taiwan as a child, attended top tech schools in the  United States, and has held leadership positions in the elite strata of tech companies, including Apple, Microsoft and Google. He founded Microsoft Research China, which trained many of today’s AI leaders in China, and he was President of Google China until 2009, when he founded Sinovation Ventures, a VC firm managing $1.7 billion in dual-currency investment funds. He is investing in many of the next generation Chinese tech companies that he will talk about. Lee will be traveling from China to the San Francisco Bay Area and will anchor a conversation with our community, including many locals working in AI who might challenge his argument. Join us for an important conversation about the next era of computing that has high stakes implications for the global economy. Tickets are free but space is limited. We expect this event to quickly fill out. But anyone will be able to watch the livestream.

Capgemini and their Applied Innovation Exchange is our partner for this series. This event is free but requires advance registration through an invite. If you are interested in attending, email contact@reinvent.net. If you can’t attend in person, the event will be streamed here starting at 6:30pm ET.