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How AI Can Save Our Humanity: Kai-Fu Lee (Transcript)

Kai-Fu Lee


I’m going to talk about how AI and mankind can coexist, but first, we have to rethink about our human values.

So let me first make a confession about my errors in my values.

It was 11 o’clock, December 16, 1991. I was about to become a father for the first time. My wife, Shen-Ling, lay in the hospital bed going through a very difficult 12-hour labor. I sat by her bedside but looked anxiously at my watch, and I knew something that she didn’t I knew that if in one hour, our child didn’t come, I was going to leave her there and go back to work and make a presentation about AI to my boss, Apple’s CEO.

Fortunately, my daughter was born at 11:30 sparing me from doing the unthinkable, and to this day, I am so sorry for letting my work ethic take precedence over love for my family.

My AI talk, however, went off brilliantly. Apple loved my work and decided to announce it at TED1992, 26 years ago on this very stage I thought I had made one of the biggest, most important discoveries in AI, and so did the “Wall Street Journal” on the following day.

But as far as discoveries went, it turned out, I didn’t discover India, or America. Perhaps I discovered a little island off of Portugal. But the AI era of discovery continued, and more scientists poured their souls into it.

About 10 years ago, the grand AI discovery was made by three North American scientists, and it’s known as deep learning. Deep learning is a technology that can take a huge amount of data within one single domain and learn to predict or decide at superhuman accuracy.

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