Title: How AI can save our humanity

Presenter: Kai-Fu Lee

Evaluation

Content

  • You told a story for your introduction. I liked the foreshadowing by referencing love and your work ethic. You have certainly made me interested in listening to the topic.
  • You used an unfolding organization; i.e. you told a story and led to a conclusion.This requires some trust from your listeners, because we don't know where you're going at first. I felt that your introduction effectively gained that trust. I also felt that  this organization fit well with this topic because you were able to lead us from the development of AI to the impact of AI. 
  • Beware of trying to score points with the audience by ridiculing public figures. It will diminish your credibility among some viewers, and it detracts unnecessarily from your main point. Your own laughter at this point sounds very uncomfortable to me. That also hurts the presentation. At that point, I feel uncomfortable for you. I wonder if you're uncomfortable criticizing leadership (as a cultural component of your personality) or uncomfortable using humor in this presentation. But that's not as important as what's happening to me; I'm thinking about and wondering about you and your personality and humor, and I've stopped concentrating on your message.
  • I felt that you disparage the value of work in the presentation — the value of being able to provide service to help our neighbors, whether it's by writing code to enable AI to drive cars, designing and building cars, or growing food. Isn't part of our humanity and value also found in what we do for others? I'd like to see you explore that more. 
  • The ending seemed abrupt to me. I felt that you wanted to make the case about the power of AI and its impact. I felt that you didn't want to end the presentation on an uncomfortable premise, so you gave us an optimistic and hopeful conclusion. To me, however, nothing in the presentation really supported that conclusion, so it felt out-of-place and appended as an extra attachment that didn't quit fit or belong.
  • I'm impressed with your vocabulary and found many words and phrases that gave the presentation color: Impregnable; embraces the change; dual engine of the two superpowers; unprecedented wealth; fireballs melting away my ambition.

Delivery

  • Good pacing. It's very easy to listen to you. I felt that you spoke distinctly and very directly to the audience.
  • Your gestures are very natural and not distracting. You seem to have a preference to make symmetric gestures. There's nothing wrong with that, but I point it out so you can be aware of it. I also noticed that your gestures were very compact; I don't remember any that extended beyond the trunk of your body. Usually, large gestures are necessary for larger audiences. I found that the compact gestures matched your topic well, though. It reinforced, to me, that you're not painting a wild and grand future that's almost beyond our imagination; your gestures seem to say that this is all very manageable and in our control.
  • I've already referenced the problem of laughing at your own humor in a presentation, especially when it's an uncomfortable laugh. I also feel that you can better manage the audience's laughter. Don't wait for the laughter to completely subside before you continue. Just before it completely fades away, you can start speaking again and make the presentation for continuous and avoid that unwanted pause.
  • You dressed appropriately for the presentation. It insisted that I respect you as your position and expertise deserves, and it was modest and conservative, which matched what I felt from your language and gestures.

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