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AI, Quantum & Entrepreneurship in China

Peter DiamandisDr.Peter H. Diamandis is a Greek American engineer, physician, and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and chairman of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think.

Last week, Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Alphabet, predicted that China will “rapidly overtake the U.S. in artificial intelligence… in as little as five years.”

Last month, China announced plans to open a $10 billion quantum computing research center in 2020.

Bottom line, China is aggressively investing in exponential technologies, pursuing a bold goal of becoming the global AI superpower by 2030.

Based on what I’ve observed from China’s entrepreneurial scene, I believe they have a real shot of hitting that goal.

As I described in a previous tech blog, I recently traveled to China with a group of my Abundance 360 members, where I was hosted by my friend Kai Fu Lee, the founder of Sinnovation Ventures.

On one of our first nights, Kai Fu invited us to a special dinner at DaDong Roast, which specializes in Pei King duck, where we shared an 18-course meal.

The meal was amazing, and Kai Fu’s dinner conversation provided us priceless insights on Chinese entrepreneurs.

Three topics opened my eyes. Here’s the wisdom I’d like to share with you.

  1. The Entrepreneurial Culture in China

Chinese entrepreneurship has exploded onto the scene and changed significantly over the past 10 years.

IMHO, one significant way that Chinese entrepreneurs vary from their American counterparts is in work ethic. The mantra I found in the startups I visited in Beijing and Shanghai was “9-9-6” – meaning the employees only needed to work from 9 am to 9 pm, 6 days a week.

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Robots v experts: are any human professions safe from automation?

Editor’s note: Given the intense discussion on the employment issues generated by the Robotics technology, I found this book presentation published by British www.theguardian.com very relevant and I am refering to it here.

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Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. He is president of the Society for Computers and law IT adviser to the lord chief justice. Tomorrow’s Lawyers is his eighth book,

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Daniel Susskind is an economist, lecturer at Balliol College, Oxford, and co-author with Richard Susskind of The Future of the Professions

The main themes of our book, The Future of the Professions, can be put simply: machines are becoming increasingly capable and so are taking on more and more tasks.

Many of these tasks were once the exclusive preserve of human professionals such as doctors, lawyers and accountants. While new tasks will certainly emerge in years to come, it is probable that machines will, over time, take on many of these as well. In the 2020s, we say, this will not mean unemployment, but rather a need for widespread retraining and redeployment. In the long run though, we find it hard to avoid the conclusion that there will be a steady decline in the need for traditional professional workers.

During the year after the book’s hardback publication in October 2015, we tested this line of argument on audiences of professionals in more than 20 countries, speaking to around 15,000 people at over 100 events. The response, frankly, was mixed. Our work seems to polarise people into those who agree zealously with our thesis, and those who reject it unreservedly. Both sides argue their views passionately.

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