AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future

AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future

by Kai-Fu Lee (Author)

How will artificial intelligence change our world within twenty years?
“This inspired collaboration between a pioneering technologist and a visionary writer of science fiction offers bold and urgent insights.”—Yann LeCun, winner of the Turing Award; chief AI scientist, Facebook
“Amazingly entertaining . . . Lee and Chen take us on an immersive trip through the future. . . . Eye-opening.”—Mark Cuban

AI will be the defining development of the twenty-first century. Within two decades, aspects of daily human life will be unrecognizable. AI will generate unprecedented wealth, revolutionize medicine and education through human-machine symbiosis, and create brand-new forms of communication and entertainment. In liberating us from routine work, however, AI will also challenge the organizing principles of our economic and social order. Meanwhile, AI will bring new risks in the form of autonomous weapons and smart technology that inherits human bias. AI is at a tipping point, and people need to wake up—both to AI’s radiant pathways and its existential perils for life as we know it.

In this provocative, utterly original work, Kai-Fu Lee, the former president of Google China and bestselling author of AI Superpowers, teams up with celebrated novelist Chen Qiufan to imagine our world in 2041 and how it will be shaped by AI. In ten gripping short stories, they introduce readers to an array of eye-opening 2041 settings, such as:

• In San Francisco, the “job reallocation” industry emerges as deep learning AI causes widespread job displacement
• In Tokyo, a music fan is swept up in an immersive form of celebrity worship based on virtual reality and mixed reality
• In Mumbai, a teenage girl rebels when AI’s crunching of big data gets in the way of romance
• In Seoul, virtual companions with perfected natural language processing (NLP) skills offer orphaned twins new ways to connect
• In Munich, a rogue scientist draws on quantum computing, computer vision and other AI technologies in a revenge plot that imperils the world

By gazing toward a not-so-distant horizon, AI 2041 offers urgent insights into our collective future—while reminding readers that, ultimately, humankind remains the author of its destiny.

In his thought-provoking book, "AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future", Kai-Fu Lee offers a glimpse into a world where artificial intelligence (AI) has become an integral part of our lives. Drawing upon his expertise as a leading AI researcher and venture capitalist, Lee presents ten compelling visions of how AI will reshape our society in the coming decades.

Lee's visions encompass a wide range of possibilities, from AI-driven advancements in healthcare and education to the emergence of new forms of entertainment and communication. He explores the potential for AI to enhance human capabilities, augment our intelligence, and transform the way we work, live, and interact with the world around us.

While Lee acknowledges the potential benefits of AI, he also raises important ethical and societal concerns that need to be addressed as AI continues to evolve. He emphasizes the need for responsible AI development and governance, ensuring that AI systems are fair, transparent, and accountable.

Through his thought-provoking analysis and visionary insights, Lee invites readers to consider the profound implications of AI for our future. "AI 2041" serves as a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the potential and challenges of AI, and its impact on our society, economy, and culture.

In addition to the ten visions presented in the book, Lee also discusses the key technological trends that are driving the development of AI, such as deep learning, natural language processing, and computer vision. He explores the challenges that need to be overcome in order to achieve AGI (artificial general intelligence), and he offers his thoughts on the potential timeline for AGI's development.

"AI 2041" is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the future of AI and its impact on our world. Lee's insights are both thought-provoking and inspiring, and his book provides a roadmap for how we can harness the power of AI for the benefit of humanity.


452 pages