This November in Seattle, some of the most brilliant minds in technology will gather for COSM, an exclusive national summit on how technology is remaking the world as we know it. Among its many speakers will be Kai-Fu Lee, a computer scientist, businessman, and the inventor of speech recognition.
Lee’s credentials are many and impressive. After his Ph.D. work at Carnegie Mellon (which produced continuous speech recognition), he has journeyed through the offices of Apple, SGI, Microsoft, and Google. In 2009, he launched Sinovation Ventures in an effort to financially support up-and-coming Chinese high-tech companies.
In 2018, Lee gave a TED talk on how human beings can thrive in an era of AI. The video (posted below) is worth the watch. In his fifteen minutes onstage, Lee expresses his belief in the wonderful ways in which AI can optimize the human experience, while also emphasizing the ways in which human beings are – and always will be – distinct from our technological creations.
“Why we exist is love,” Lee explains. “When we hold our newborn baby, love at first sight, or we help someone in need, humans are uniquely able to give and receive love. And that’s what differentiates us from AI. Despite what science fiction may portray, I can responsibly tell you that AI has no love.”
Lee is certain to bring a hopeful perspective to COSM this November. Register now to reserve your spot.
Update: All attendees will receive a copy of Kai-Fu Lee’s latest book, AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future, which will be out in September.