I’m going to talk abouthow AI and mankind can coexist,
but first, we have to rethinkabout our human values.
So let me first make a confession about my errors in my values.
It was 11 o’clock, December 16, 1991.
I was about to become a fatherfor the first time.
My wife, Shen-Ling,lay in the hospital bed
going through a very difficult12-hour labor.
I sat by her bedside
but looked anxiously at my watch,
and I knew something that she didn’t.
I knew that if in one hour, our child did
n’t come, I was going to leave her there and
赶去上班 并向我的老板 苹果的首席执行官
go back to work and make a presentation about AI
to my boss, Apple’s CEO. Fortunately,
my daughterwas born at 11:30 —
sparing me from doing the unthinkable,
and to this day, I am so sorry
for letting my work ethic take precedence over love for my family.
My AI talk, however, went off brilliantly.
Apple loved my workand decided to announce it
at TED1992, 26 years ago on this very stage.
I thought I had made one of the biggest,
most important discoveries in AI,
and so did the”Wall Street Journal”on the following day.
But as far as discoveries went,
it turned out, I didn’t discover India, or America.
Perhaps I discovereda little island off of Portugal.
But the AI era of discovery continued,
and more scientistspoured their souls into it.
About 10 years ago, the grand AI discovery
was made by threeNorth American scientists,
and it’s known as deep learning.
Deep learning is a technology that
can take a huge amount of data
海量数据 在单一领域中 学会做超高精确度的预测或决策的技术例如
within one single domain and learn to predict or decide at superhuman accuracy.
For example, if we showthe deep learning network
a massive number of food photos,
it can recognize food such as hot dog or no hot dog.
Or if we show it many
pictures and videos and sensor data
from driving on the highway,
it can actually drive a car as well
as a human being
on the highway.
And what if we showedthis deep learning network
all the speeches made by President Trump?
Then this artificiallyintelligent President Trump,
actually the network —
You like double oxymorons, huh?
So this network,
if given the request to make a speech about AI, he,
他 或它 或许会说
or it, might say —
(Recording) Donald Trump:It’s a great thing
to build a better worldwith artificial intelligence.
Kai-Fu Lee: And maybe in another language? DT:
You didn’t knowhe knew Chinese, did you?
So deep learning has become the core
in the era of AI discovery,
and that’s led by the US.
But we’re now in the eraof implementation,
where what really matters is execution,product quality, speed and data.
And that’s where China comes in.
Chinese entrepreneurs, who I fund as a venture capitalist,
are incredible workers, amazing work ethic.
My example in the delivery room is nothing
compared to how hard people work in China.
As an example, one startuptried to claim work-life balance:
“加入我们吧 因为我们是996 ”
“Come work for us because we are 996.”
And what does that mean?
It means the work hours of 9am to 9pm, six days a week.
That’s contrastedwith other startups that do 997.
And the Chinese product qualityhas consistently gone up
in the past decade, and that’s because of a fiercely competitive environment.
In Silicon Valley, entrepreneurscompete in a very gentlemanly fashion,
sort of like in old wars
in which each side took turns
to fire at each other.
But in the Chinese environment,
it’s truly a gladiatorialfight to the death.
In such a brutal environment,entrepreneurs learn to grow very rapidly,
they learn to make their productsbetter at lightning speed,
and they learnto hone their business models
until they’re impregnable.
As a result, great Chinese productslike WeChat and Weibo
are arguably better than the equivalent American products from Facebook and Twitter.
And the Chinese marketembraces this change
and accelerated changeand paradigm shifts.
As an example, if any of you go to China,
you will see it’s almost cashlessand credit card-less,
because that thing that we alltalk about, mobile payment,
has become the reality in China.
In the last year,
18.8 trillion US dollars were transacted on mobile internet,
and that’s becauseof very robust technologies
built behind it.
It’s even bigger than the China GDP.
And this technology, you can say,
how can it be bigger than the GDP?
Because it includes all transactions: wholesale, channels,retail, online, offline,
going into a shopping mall or going into a farmers market like this.
The technology is usedby 700 million people
to pay each other, not just merchants,
so it’s peer to peer, and it’s almost transaction-fee-free.
And it’s instantaneous,
and it’s used everywhere.
And finally, the China market is enormous.
This market is large,
which helps give entrepreneurs more users, more revenue,
more investment, but most importantly,
it gives the entrepreneurs a chance
to collect a huge amount of data
which becomes rocket fuelfor the AI engine.
So as a result, the Chinese AI companies
已往前飞跃 所以如今 在电脑视觉、
have leaped ahead so that today, the most valuable companies
in computer vision, speech recognition,
speech synthesis,machine translation and drones
are all Chinese companies.
So with the US leadingthe era of discovery
and China leadingthe era of implementation,
we are now in an amazing age
where the dual engineof the two superpowers
are working together to drive the fastestrevolution in technology
that we have ever seen as humans.
And this will bring tremendous wealth,
前所未有的财富： 据普华永道估计 到2030年
unprecedented wealth: 16 trillion dollars, according to PwC,
in terms of added GDPto the worldwide GDP by 2030.
It will also bring immense challenges
in terms of potential job replacements.
Whereas in the Industrial Age
it created more jobs
because craftsman jobs were being decomposed
into jobs in the assembly line,
so more jobs were created.
But AI completely replacesthe individual jobs
in the assembly line with robots.
And it’s not just in factories, but truckers, drivers
and even jobs like telesales,customer service
and hematologists as well as radiologists
over the next 15 years
are going to be gradually replaced
by artificial intelligence.
And only the creative jobs —
I have to make myself safe, right? Really,
the creative jobsare the ones that are protected,
because AI can optimize but not create.
But what’s more seriousthan the loss of jobs
is the loss of meaning,
because the work ethic in the Industrial Age
has brainwashed us
into thinking that work is the reason we exist,
that work definedthe meaning of our lives.
And I was a prime and willing victim to that type of workaholic thinking.
I worked incredibly hard.
That’s why I almost leftmy wife in the delivery room,
that’s why I worked 996alongside my entrepreneurs.
And that obsession that I had with work
ended abruptly a few years ago
when I was diagnosedwith fourth stage lymphoma.
The PET scan here showsover 20 malignant tumors
jumping out like fireballs,
melting away my ambition.
But more importantly, it helped me reexamine my life.
Knowing that I may only havea few months to live
caused me to see how foolish it was
for me to base my entire self-worth
on how hard I workedand the accomplishments from hard work.
My priorities werecompletely out of order.
I neglected my family.
My father had passed away,
and I never had a chance to tell him I loved him.
My mother had dementiaand no longer recognized me,
and my children had grown up.
During my chemotherapy, I read a book by Bronnie Ware
who talked about dying wishes and regrets of the people in the deathbed.
She found that facing death,
nobody regretted that they didn’twork hard enough in this life.
They only regretted
that they didn’t spend enough time with their loved ones
and that they didn’t spread their love.
So I am fortunately today in remission.
So I can be back at TED again to share
with you that I have changed my ways.
I now only work 965 —
occasionally 996, but usually 965.
I moved closer to my mother,
my wife usually travels with me,
and when my kids have vacation,
if they don’t come home, I go to them.
So it’s a new form of life
that helped me recognize how important it is
that love is for me,
and facing deathhelped me change my life,
but it also helped me see a new way
of how AI should impact mankind
and work and coexist with mankind,
that really, AI is taking awaya lot of routine jobs,
but routine jobs are not what we’re about.
Why we exist is love.
When we hold our newborn baby,
love at first sight, or when we help someone in need,
humans are uniquely able to give and receive love,
and that’s what differentiates us from AI.
Despite what science fiction may portray,
I can responsibly tell youthat AI has no love.
When AlphaGo defeatedthe world champion Ke Jie,
while Ke Jie was cryingand loving the game of go,
AlphaGo felt no happiness from winning
and certainly no desireto hug a loved one.
So how do we differentiate ourselves
as humans in the age of AI?
We talked about the axis of creativity,
and certainly that is one possibility,
and now we introduce a new axis
that we can call compassion,love, or empathy.
Those are things that AI cannot do.
So as AI takes away the routine jobs,
I like to think we can,
we should and we must create jobs of compassion.
You might ask how many of those there are,
but I would ask you:
Do you not think
that we are going to need a lot of social workers
to help us make this transition?
Do you not think we needa lot of compassionate caregivers
to give more medical care to more people?
Do you not think we’re
going to need 10 times more teachers
to help our children find their way
to survive and thrivein this brave new world?
And with all the newfound wealth,
should we not also makelabors of love into careers
and let elderly accompaniment
or homeschooling become careers also?
This graph is surely not perfect,
but it points at four ways that we can work with AI.
AI will come and take awaythe routine jobs
and in due time, we will be thankful.
AI will become great toolsfor the creatives
so that scientists, artists,musicians and writers
can be even more creative.
AI will work with humansas analytical tools
that humans can wrap their warmth around
for the high-compassion jobs.
And we can always differentiate ourselves
with the uniquely capable jobs that are both compassionate and creative,
using and leveragingour irreplaceable brains and hearts.
So there you have it: a blueprint of coexistence for humans and AI.
AI is serendipity.
It is here to liberate usfrom routine jobs,
and it is here to remind us what it is that makes us human.
So let us choose to embrace AI and to love one another.