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Kai-Fu Lee

AI Superpowers

Nonfiction | Book | Adult | Published in 2018

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This book was published in 2018, several years before the work of OpenAI and programs like ChatGPT and DALL-E became available to the public. How do Kai-Fu Lee’s predictions hold up in light of these developments? Does AI Superpowers account for the direction AI has taken in the present day?


Lee use analogies to help readers understand some of the complex concepts he describes in his book—for example, comparing the rise of AI to the Industrial Revolution, or comparing the Chinese tech industry to Silicon Valley. In what ways is this rhetorical strategy helpful? What are the disadvantages of this approach?


Explain the significance of science fiction as a motif in this book. Cite specific examples in your analysis.