Over 450 people joined us in Santa Clara for this special engagement speaker series presented by the Commonwealth Club of California and the Committee of 100. Visiting from China, Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, one of the world’s most respected experts on artificial intelligence (AI), had a compelling discussion with the Honorable Michelle K. Lee about his new book, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order. In the book, he outlines the impact that AI will have on not just blue-collar industries but also white-collar professionals. He discusses how millions of suddenly displaced workers must find new ways to make their lives meaningful and how government policies will have to deal with the unprecedented inequality between the "haves" and the "have-nots." Even worse, Dr. Lee says the transformation to AI is already happening all around us, whether we are aware of it or not. He cautions us about the truly dramatic upheaval that AI will unleash and how we need to start devising ways to address these profound, impending changes.
Chairman and CEO, Sinovation Ventures; Author, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, author of AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order. Dr. Lee has been at the forefront of AI development for 30 years. He was the president of Google China and has also held executive positions at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple.
Former Under Secretary of Commerce; Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Committee of 100 Member
The Honorable Michelle K. Lee is a public company board member, former chief executive, a digital transformation strategist, an MIT-trained engineer, a Silicon Valley veteran experienced in scaling fast-growing companies, and one of the top intellectual property experts in the world. Ms. Lee served as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where she served as the chief executive of one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world with annual revenues of over $3 billion and 13,000 employees. Prior to that Ms. Lee was an executive at Google, serving as Deputy General Counsel, a partner at the law firm of Fenwick & West, and a computer programmer at Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. She holds a B.S. and an M.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and a J.D. from Stanford Law School and serves as a public company board of director for alarm.com (NASDAQ: ALRM). Ms. Lee was also the Herman Phleger Visiting Professor of Law from 2017-2018 at Stanford University, where she taught a course on artificial intelligence and the novel legal, policy and ethical issues posed by such technology.