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In this groundbreaking blend of imaginative storytelling and scientific forecasting, a 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 20 years?

AI will be the defining development of the 21st 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 best-selling 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 10 gripping short stories, set 20 years in the future, they introduce listeners 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 listeners that, ultimately, humankind remains the author of its destiny.

©2021 Chen Qiufan (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • David Wylie
  • 01-06-22

long but very eye opening

as someone with a general interest in AI, I found this book very eye-opening. If these predictions come true then we will be living in a very different world by 2041.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-23-22

Tedious didn't finish it.

Tedious. Drawn out. Format didn't work for me. The stories I guess were intended to illustrate each concept, but instead distracted. I gave up.

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  • critical friend
  • 04-11-22

Well-informed science speculation

This is an interesting collaboration between someone well versed in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its applications and history of development and a former colleague who pivoted to a writing career . The product is one man's vision and speculation about how AI will impact on our lives in 2041, with stories illustrating the points to make the dry logic more relatable. I think this is a good method of helping a better understanding of AI and its place in our society.

Each chapter has an introduction, the story and then an analysis of the points demonstrated in the story. The final analysis given sums up the whole book as well as the final story. I do not feel as comfortable with AI development without explanation of its decisions as the author is. He places the point at which AI becomes self-governing and perpetuating beyond 2041, so skates over the concept of singularity and hopes it will be benign. Neither are the dangers of autonomous weapons highlighted, despite being included in the predictions. Maybe he thinks he has covered the topic sufficiently in his previous book about AI superpowers. You have to remember that this is only one man's (however well-informed) speculation about the future.

In contrast, there are multiple narrators and their standard differs both in consistency of accents and ability to express and differentiate the disparate characters. Kai-Fu Lee spoke in the introductions and analyses with confidence and clarity.

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  • Frants
  • 03-31-22

Great view into the possibilities in the future

Great examples of the impact AI likely will have on all of us. Highly recommended.

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  • James HJ
  • 11-24-21

the ideas are interesting but...

the stories are nauseating. they should have published are article outlining their vision instead of this horrible story version

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-31-21

A clever idea but dull

A clever idea to dramatise particular scenarios exemplifying how AI could effect life in 2041 but I started to get bored because the playlets were too farfetched and overly long. AI is a fascinating subject but I found this book quite dull I regret to say.

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  • Joshua
  • 10-30-21

Scary in many ways but possibly liberating

A very smart way of weaving stories together that paint a picture of the possibilities and pitfalls of ai and deep learning. Instructive in how applications science and psychology will intertwine as we head towards a technology filled future. Mildly Orwellian which is the only downside. The author seems to be a proponent of big government and social credit scoring similar to Chinese communist party thinking. Very thought provoking but certainly leans the listener into a particular ideological way of extrapolating the future

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  • Povilas
  • 10-03-21

Great idea, poor execution

The idea of a scientist collaborating with sci fi author to make his ideas more accessible is great! However, in this particular case most of the stories are predictable and two dimential. Also while I am not an expert and cannot predict the authors predictions on AI development, he seems to brush off or fail to mention others scientists that have far less rosy view of the future.

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  • 09-30-21

childish boring stories are full of shallow

childish boring stories are full of shallow symbols. Especially the first one with elephant and an app from insurance. Very funny not a decent book

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