Overstretched teachers could soon get much-needed smart assistants.
Distance learning has been around for years. But it still came as a rude shock to parents and children when the pandemic forced more than a billion students around the world to try to learn via a screen at home.
Under-resourced teachers, unfamiliar technology and massively variable home-schooling conditions meant that, for some, the experience was fraught and ineffective. For many, it even left them questioning the very concept of distance learning. …
Embracing artificial intelligence can help us create a new, equitable social contract — but only if we remember what makes us human.
This is an article from Turning Points, a special section that explores what critical moments from this year might mean for the year ahead.
Turning Point: The coronavirus pandemic inspired a wave of touchless, contactless interactions — including food delivery and medical care — and the replacement of human workers by computers and other technology.
Automation, robotics and artificial intelligence technologies have been taking over routine tasks for years. The Covid-19 pandemic has rapidly increased that trend, driven…
I highly encourage readers to take those as references and inspirations, and to start re-imagine and re-strategize your career today for our shared future — powered by AI.
From automating accounts to marking homework, AI is finally starting to come through in mainstream applications
In the past two or three years artificial intelligence has felt like rocket science. Companies such as DeepMind have captivated our attention. We have been wowed by developments in areas such as computer vision, machine translation and speech recognition.
In 2020, AI will begin to live up to the hype by starting to generate real economic value through its application across industries. According to consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, the widespread adoption of AI will add about $15.7 trillion to global GDP by 2030. Most of…
Disease diagnosis, drug discovery, robot delivery — artificial intelligence is already powering change in the pandemic’s wake. That’s only the beginning.
Dr. Kai-Fu Lee
ON NEW YEAR’S Eve the artificial intelligence platform BlueDot picked up an anomaly. It registered a cluster of unusual pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China. BlueDot, based in Toronto, Canada, uses natural language processing and machine learning to track, locate, and report on infectious disease spread. It sends out its alerts to a variety of clients including health care, government, business, and public health bodies. …
June 25th 2020, The Economist | By Invitation | The world after covid-19
The pandemic is accelerating a shift towards people-less companies that will eventually characterize business everywhere.
DURING THE SARS crisis almost 20 years ago, shops in Beijing were completely closed. It forced one retailer, Jingdong Century Trading Co, to try its luck online. That retailer was JD.com, today one of China’s e-commerce giants. Fast forward to 2020. Amid the covid-19 crisis, JD.com managed a 20% spike in sales with the help of a new, automated warehouse that can process more than 1.5m orders a day. In Wuhan it…
By Kai-Fu Lee
January 11, 2019
Kai-Fu Lee is a venture capitalist and author of AI Super Powers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order.
In 2015, a man named Nigel Richards won the title of French-language Scrabble World Champion. This was especially noteworthy because Richards does not speak French. What the New Zealander had done was memorize each of the 386,000 words in the entire French Scrabble dictionary, in the space of just nine weeks.
Richards’ impressive feat is a useful metaphor for how artificial intelligence works — real AI, not the paranoid fantasies that some self-appointed “futurists”…
AI Expert, CEO of Sinovation Ventures (创新工场), founding President of Google China, Author of “AI Superpowers”