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Currency AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future

AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future

By Kai-Fu Lee


Publication Date: September 14, 2021

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In this groundbreaking blend of imaginative storytelling and scientific forecasting, the 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?

AI will be the defining development of the twenty-first century. Within two decades, aspects of daily human life will be unrecognizable. AI will generate unprecedented wealth, revolutionize medicine and education through human-machine symbiosis, and create brand new forms of communication and entertainment. In liberating us from routine work, however, AI will also challenge the organizing principles of our economic and social order. Meanwhile, AI will bring new risks in the form of autonomous weapons and smart technology that inherits human bias. AI is at a tipping point, and people need to wake up—both to AI’s radiant pathways and its existential perils for life as we know it.

In 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.

About the Author

Kai-Fu Lee is the CEO of Sinovation Ventures and New York Times bestselling author of AI Superpowers. Lee was formerly the president of Google China and a senior executive at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. Co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence Council at the World Economic Forum, he has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon.

Chen Qiufan (aka Stanley Chan) is an award-winning author and translator, and the founder of Thema Mundi, a content development studio. He is the president of the World Chinese Science Fiction Association. His works include Waste Tide, Future Diseases, and The Algorithm for Life.

Author Residence: Lee: Beijing, China & Taipei, Taiwan; Qiufan: Beijing, China & Shanghai, China

Author Hometown: Lee: Shantou, China; Qiufan: Taipei, Taiwan

Format: Hardcover

Length: 480 pages

Publisher: Currency

Publication Date: September 14, 2021

ISBN: 9780593238295

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