IAS Distinguished Lecture (Co-organized by the Center for Artificial Intelligence Research, HKUST)

Will China become a Deep Tech Superpower? Opportunities for Deep Tech Entrepreneurship

Mode of Event

  • In-person: Register on or before August 29, 2022 (Mon), 09:00 [HK Time] at here. Limited seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Zoom (Registration is NOT required): https://hkust.zoom.us/j/91613901288 (Meeting ID: 916 1390 1288/ Passcode: 20220829)



In 2017, Dr. LEE Kai Fu wrote the seminal book AI Superpowers in which he predicted China’s rise to become an AI superpower. At that time, this prediction was met with skepticism from the Silicon Valley, but today his book proves to be prescient.

Now, in 2022, Dr. Lee’s new book AI 2041 further predicts that a set of advanced technologies will usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the greatest technological revolution ever. These technologies include AI, but also robotics, industrial automation, semiconductor chip design, sustainable energy, synthetic biology, drug discovery, multi-omics, and quantum computing. These technologies will synergistically combine to reshape our entire society, re-inventing all existing industries and creating many new ones, just like the first three industrial revolutions.

This talk will explore whether China can become a deep tech superpower, just like it has become an AI superpower. Dr. Lee will examine China’s growing scientific prowess, exceptional entrepreneurial ecosystem, huge market (and data), and unprecedented government support, and conclude that China has a very good opportunity to co-lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Dr. Lee will describe how his firm Sinovation Ventures invested in AI and helped create ten AI unicorns, and how Sinovation is preparing to expand into all deep sciences, to usher in the era of Fourth Industrial Revolution.


About the Speaker

Dr. LEE Kai Fu is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and President of Sinovation Venture’s Artificial Intelligence Institute. Sinovation Ventures, managing US$3 billion dual currency investment funds, is a leading venture capital firm focusing on developing the next generation of Chinese high-tech companies. Prior to founding Sinovation in 2009, Dr. Lee was the President of Google China, and he has been a senior executive at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. Dr. Lee received his Bachelor degree from Computer Science from Columbia University, Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both Carnegie Mellon and City University of Hong Kong. He is the Co-Chair of Artificial Intelligence Council for World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Time 100 in 2013, WIRED 25 Icons, Asian Business Leader 2018 by Asia House, and followed by over 50 million audience on social media. He is the author of AI Superpowers and AI 2041.


Campus Access Control and Disease Prevention Measures

  • To enter the campus for this event, non-HKUST members who have signed up as Friends of HKUST via the event registration form will be registered as “visitors” by the event organizer to the University for their easy access thru the campus gates.

  • Except for exempted persons, all visitors entering the venue must comply with the ‘Vaccine Pass’ arrangements and other requirements under Cap.599F (See https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/vp_ac.pdf)

  • Audience will be required to take temperature check at the entrance of the venue. Those with fever and/or upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) symptoms will be denied for entry.

  • Audience must properly wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times in the venue.

  • Audience should follow seating instruction imposed by onsite staff as special seating arrangements and capacity control will be implemented.

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