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AI SUPER-POWERS is about business more than computer science, especially how AI re-calibrates competitive advantage.
Venture capitalist Kai-Fu Lee Lee went home to the midst of China’s digital culture after being a Silicon Valley executive. He gives vivid accounts of mobile commerce replacing cash and banks, and how business competition is warfare. He repositions ‘copying culture’ as only part of the bigger picture of learning intensity, using proven successes as the basis for reverse-engineering to quicken iterations.
His most compelling scene describes computer science students leaving their dormitories after lights-out to continue studying under the street lamps outside. Elsewhere he echoes the coming disruption in labour markets, the imperatives for continual re-training, and prospects for co-existing with intelligent machines.
Lee’s self-interest as an investor in many Chinese tech companies is never far beneath the surface but he makes no claims of objectivity. He writes with the authenticity of a participant.
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AI Superpowers – China, Silicon Valle, and the New World Order
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 2018 | by Kai-Fu Lee
Review by Andrew Cochran | January 2019