Editor’s Note: This will be another long day on this website. I’ve been reading Kai-Fu Lee’s AI Super-Powers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order which our man Andrew Yang has brought to my attention and want to start breaking it down chapter by chapter.
Kai-Fu Lee looks ahead to the geopolitics and economics of the 2020s:
“As we enter the age of AI implementation, this cutthroat entrepreneurial environment will be one of China’s core assets in building a machine-learning driven economy. The dramatic transformation that deep learning promises to bring to the global economy won’t be delivered by isolated researchers producing novel academic results in the elite computer science labs of MIT or Stanford. Instead, it will be delivered by down-to-earth, profit-hungry entrepreneurs teaming up with AI experts to bring the transformative power of deep learning to bear on real-world industries.
Over the coming decade, China’s gladiator entrepreneurs will fan out across hundreds of industries, applying deep learning to any problem that shows the potential for profit. If artificial intelligence is the new electricity, Chinese entrepreneurs will be the tycoons and tinkerers who electrify everything from household appliances to homeowners’ insurance. Their knack for endlessly tweaking business models and sniffing out profits will yield an incredible array of practical – maybe even life-changing – applications. These will be deployed in their home country and then pushed abroad, potentially taking over most developing markets around the globe.
Corporate America is unprepared for this global wave of Chinese entrepreneurship because it fundamentally misunderstood the secret to The Cloner’s success. Wang Xing didn’t succeed because he’d been a copycat. He triumphed because he’d become a gladiator.”
This is why Axios was off base this morning.
The basic technology has already been created. It is now in the rearview mirror. We are now in the application phase in which China will have a vast advantage over the United States. The application phase is the equivalent of applying electricity to televisions and toasters. This country has an utterly dysfunctional government and culture. In contrast, the Chinese have already built thousands of miles of high speed rail all over China because they aren’t burdened by our antiquated system.
“The core motivation for China’s market-driven entrepreneurs is not fame, glory, or changing the world. Those things are all nice side benefits, but the grand prize is getting rich, and it doesn’t matter how you get there.”
Sounds like a wonderful change of pace for me.
The Chinese don’t share the weird, retarded progressive ideology of Silicon Valley. They don’t give a shit about political correctness like the Americans. The only thing that the Chinese care about is making money and reaping the benefits of technological and material progress. There is no equivalent of legacy Jewish organizations like the ADL or the SPLC in Zhongguancun.
“It’s a dazzling display, a reminder of the timeless nature of true craftsmanship. Jesuit missionaries brought many of the clocks to China as part of “clock diplomacy,” an attempt by Jesuits to charm their way into the imperial court through gifts of advanced European technology. The Qing dynasty’s Qianlong emperor was particularly fond of the clocks, and British manufacturers soon began producing clocks to fit the tastes of the Son of Heaven. Many of the clocks on display at the Hall of Ancestor Worship were the handiwork of Europe’s finest artisanal workshops of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These workshops produced an unparalleled combination of artistry, design and functional engineering.”
This is how we should conquer the 21st century.
Kai-Fu Lee talks about taking Europeans into the Hall of Ancestor Worship in Beijing’s Forbidden City to see the clocks made by their European ancestors. The Europeans can’t even tell the difference between the European originals and the Chinese copycats. The moral of the story: European innovation and Chinese copying and improving European technology are sympatico.
Why don’t we just shove the aside the MIGA oligarchy then which is trying to incite international conflict between China and the United States? Imagine a world in which Yang is the president of the United States, Xi Jinping is in charge of China and Israel is a shitty country in the Middle East.
Instead of all these useless Boomer politicians like Blompf and Biden we have now and their dumb shit that clogs up Twitter every day, we should invest in education, infrastructure and applying deep learning AI to both the US and Chinese economies. We could abolish poverty and liberate everyone from work. I could see a joint US-Chinese mission to Mars in the mid-21st century.
“The lessons learned in the coliseum were clear: kill or be killed. Any company that can’t fully insulate itself from its competitors – on a technical, business, or even business level – is a target for attack. To the winner go the spoils, and those spoils can amount to billions of dollars.”
This is me shedding a tear for Corporate America circa 2024. What’s good for Mark Zuckerberg or Chase Bank is “good for America,” right? Muh patriotism?