AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future
In this ground-breaking blend of imaginative storytelling and scientific forecasting, a pioneering AI expert and a leading writer of speculative fiction join forces to answer an imperative question: How will artificial intelligence change our world within twenty years?
n this provocative, utterly original work of “scientific fiction,” Kai-Fu Lee, the former president of Google China and bestselling author of AI Superpowers, joins forces with celebrated novelist Chen Qiufan to imagine our world in 2041 and how it will be shaped by AI. In ten gripping short stories, set twenty years in the future, they introduce readers to an array of eye-opening 2041 settings:
In San Francisco, a new industry, “job reallocation,” arises to serve displaced workers
In Tokyo, a music fan is swept up in an immersive form of celebrity worship
In Mumbai, a teenage girl rebels when AI gets in the way of romance
In Seoul, virtual teachers offer orphaned twins new ways to learn and connect
In Munich, a rogue quantum computer scientist’s revenge plot 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.
Kai-Fu Lee is an AI Expert, Chairman & CEO of Sinovation Ventures, a leading Chinese technology venture capital firm. Lee is considered one of the world’s leading experts in artificial intelligence. A graduate in Computer Science from Columbia University, he obtained his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University where, as part of his thesis, he developed what is considered the first stand-alone speech recognition system: Sphinx.
He has worked for some of the most important companies in the industry such as Apple, SGI, Microsoft or Google, where he developed his career as president of the company’s subsidiary in China. In 2009 he founded Sinovation Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on developing the next generation of Chinese high-tech companies. He is the author of seven books that have become bestsellers in China and has more than fifty million followers on social networks.
Chen Qiufan is a Chinese science-fiction writer, columnist and scriptwriter. He graduated from Pekin University in 2004 with dual bachelor’s degrees in literature and fine arts, and pursued graduate studies in the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program of Hong Kong University and Tsinghua University.
He has 10+ years experience on online advertising, marketing, branding and account management across Internet industry to real estate company. He used to work for Google, Baidu & Gemdale with excellent strength in creative, strategy & project management. He won several awards on creative marketing campaign for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and innovative project for customer engagement in 2010.
Qiufan won several awards including Taiwan Fantasy Award, Chinese Nebula Award, Chinese Galaxy Award, World SF&F Translation Award (First time for Chinese Writer).