Professor & Distinguished Research Scholar - HKUST (Hong Kong) & ICSI (Berkeley)
Prof. De Kai invented and built the world’s first global-scale online language translator. For his pioneering contributions to AIs like Google/Yahoo/Microsoft Translate, De Kai was honored by the Association for Computational Linguistics as one of only seventeen Founding Fellows and by Debrett's as one of the 100 most influential figures of Hong Kong. He speaks to philosophical questions about the fears and possibilities of new technology and how we can be empowered to shape our future. His work to bridge cultures spans artificial intelligence, cognition, language, music, creativity, ethics, society, and policy. De Kai is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at HKUST and Distiguished Research Scholar at Berkeley’s International Computer Science Institute. He serves on the board of AI ethics think tank The Future Society, and was one of eight inaugural members of Google's AI ethics council.