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AI 2041: Why the Future is Already Here, with Kai-Fu Lee

Lee shared his urgent insights into our collective future, while reminding us that, ultimately, humankind remains the author of its destiny

Kai-Fu Lee is one of the world’s leading AI experts and a bestselling author. He founded Microsoft Asia’s research lab that has trained CTOs and AI heads at Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba and Huawei. As President of Google China he helped establish the company in the Chinese market. And now, as CEO of Sinovation Ventures, he is investing in China’s high-tech sector, giving him a unique perspective on how AI is set to change our world over the next 20 years. 

On September 22 Lee came to Intelligence Squared to explain how AI is at an inflection point  and urged us to wake up to its radiant possibilities as well as to the existential threats it poses to life as we know it. In conversation with Kamal Ahmed, former Editorial Director of the BBC, he discussed his new work of ‘scientific fiction’, AI 2041, co-authored with the celebrated novelist Chen Qiufan. The book offers up eye-opening scenarios of our techno-future – from a teenage girl’s rebellion when AI gets in the way of romance to a rogue quantum computer scientist’s revenge plot that imperils the world. 

Watch Lee share his urgent insights into our collective future, while reminding us that, ultimately, humankind remains the author of its destiny.



Kai-Fu Lee

CEO of Sinovation Ventures and former President of Google China

CEO of Sinovation Ventures where he manages a $1.7 billion dual-currency investment fund. Sinovation is a leading technology investment firm focusing on developing Chinese high-tech companies. He is The New York Times bestselling author of AI Superpowers and formerly the president of Google China and a senior executive at Microsoft, SGI and Apple. His new book is AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future.

Kamal Ahmed

Journalist, author and former BBC News Editorial Director

Journalist who has been Editorial Director of BBC News and BBC Economics Editor. He has also held senior roles at The Telegraph Group, The Observer and The Guardian. He recently co-founded The News Movement, a start-up dedicated to tackling misinformation. He is the author of The Life and Times of a Very British Man.


Speakers subject to change.