Digitally China Podcast: Are We Already Enslaved to AI?

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1:37 AM HKT, Fri January 18, 2019 1 mins read

Digitally China is a bi-weekly podcast from RADII hosted by Tom Xiong and Eva Xiao, and produced by Jacob Loven. On each episode, the team will tackle a different timely tech-related topic, providing key insights on all you need to know about the fast-changing nature of innovation in China. Find previous episodes of Digitally China here and subscribe on iTunes here.

One of the most heavily hyped words of 2018, AI or Artificial Intelligence has recently been portrayed as something that can enslave human kind by everyone from tech founders such as Elon Musk to TV show creators such as Black Mirror mastermind Charlie Brooker.

For the latest Digitally China episode we have a special guest, Nicholas Young, to talk about this topic. Together we discuss what AI actually is, what it is used for currently, what the future will look like, and whether we are actually already enslaved by AI.

Nicholas Young is an entrepreneur running the fintech startup Karakul based in Shenzhen. Born in the United States, Nicholas moved to China to pursue his passion around entrepreneurship and tech. He has held multiple product- and innovation-centric roles in China since finishing an MBA at Stanford University, with the most recent being leading the innovation team within the AI department of Jingdong (, China’s second largest e-commerce company.

Throughout the episode we will:

  • Clarify what AI actually means and what it is used for
  • The impact of AI on society, user behavior and our dependency on social media
  • The future of AI and if Elon Musk is right to voice fears about the field; and are we already enslaved by AI?

Check back on RADII this weekend when we’ll have the last episode in the current series of Josh Feola’s B-Side China Podcast, featuring a discussion of AI’s role in art.

Listen to the latest Digitally China episode below or find it (along with archive episodes) on iTunes here.

Cover photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

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