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AI is massively transforming our world, but there’s one thing it cannot do.


Are you a TED fan?

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). The July 27th featured talk was given by a Chinese computer scientist, Kai-Fu Lee.

Mr Lee is a brilliant entrepreneur and an able communicator. He’s famed for his pioneer work with AI (Artificial Intelligence). Only his drive exceeds his brilliance. For years he followed the 9-9-6 rule of Chinese tech employees. The expectation is to work from 9 to 9, 6 days a week.

His work pace came to a jarring halt a few years ago.  He was diagnosed with what stops even a driven person in their tracks – Stage 4 cancer.


Lee’s story is worth watching. AI development and its effects on the economy are accelerating in China, the US and Russia. The future is now. In addition to a brief on AI development, Lee shares his profound revelation of what makes life meaningful. I was hoping to hear him talk about God.

“AI is serendipity,” Lee says. “It is here to liberate us from routine jobs, and it is here to remind us what it is that makes us human.”

He offers a blueprint for how humans can thrive in the age of AI by harnessing compassion and creativity.

Watch Kai-Fu’s discovery below.

What did you think of his talk? How does his story affect your thinking? Please leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

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Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 44 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vincent and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers


  • Julie MacKenzie says:

    That was a wonderful “Ted Talk”. I’m so glad that he took the time to realize that working yourself to death is NOT the answer. I lost my Dad 40 years ago. I would say…he worked himself to an early death. He gave us everything …& helped us in the start of our marriages…even though he wasn’t present. One thing I learned from him was…to take care of one’s health, be happy, & not take anything for granted. He worked very hard for his family…& in the end…his dream of travelling the world with my Mom in his retirement, did NOT come to fruition. There is a fine balance that everyone should find in their work life & in their personal life. I can say that my Dad worked too hard & was not able to enjoy the “fruits of his labor”. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer & within 3 weeks, had passed away. My Mom & Dad used to always say…”take care of your health, without it…you have nothing. Even the richest person in the world…can not buy their health”. So, the moral of the story is….work hard, but, also take the time to smell the roses. Because tomorrow just might NOT come. Thanks for sharing that Ted Talk Pastor Bob. Much appreciated. 🙂

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you for your story, Julie. Your father’s passing must have been devastating for your family. He looked forward to retiring and then traveling. He never got to realize that expectation. Smell the roses. That’s a good reminder to me today.

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