AI Apocalypse: Myth or Reality?

Artificial intelligence has the power to revolutionize our world, offering solutions to some of the most challenging problems we face. Yet, alongside its promise comes a spectrum of concerns about safety, ethics, and existential risks.

Please join us on July 3 for a thought-provoking AmCham China Education Committee's Ed Talk event that delves into the pressing question of our time: Is the notion of an AI apocalypse a myth, or could it become a reality? As artificial intelligence continues to advance at an unprecedented pace, concerns about its potential to cause catastrophic outcomes for humanity are growing.

This event brings together renowned professors, AI experts, and industry leaders to explore and debate this critical issue. We are excited to announce that Don Howard from the University of Notre Dame and Richard Zhang from Intel will be our esteemed guests, sharing diverse perspectives, grounded in both technological expertise and ethical considerations, helping us understand the true scope of AI's impact on our future. Jim Lin from IBM will also participate in this event as a moderator for a panel discussion.

The "Ed Talk" series aims to gather leading experts and educators to showcase their latest academic findings or perspectives on emerging industrial trends. This event is open to all AmCham China members. Attendees are required to RSVP by July 2 to confirm attendance.

Event Details:

  • Event Format: In-Person Event @ WeWork 5C
  • Time & Date: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, July 3, 2024 (Wednesday)
  • Language: English
  • Contact: Melody Wen,

Please note:

  • Registration closes at 6 PM Beijing Time on July 2. Walk-in registrations are not permitted.
  • Refunds will not be issued within 48 hours of the event.

About Ed Talk

AmCham China Education Committee is one of the most active groups within the AmCham China community. We provide an open peer-to-peer platform for educators and senior corporate leaders to share and exchange professional opinions on current hot topics in the education world.

We would like to leverage all these resources to build up a platform among AmCham members and valuable speakers from different fileds. We expect to invite outstanding authors, professors, experts, and industrial elites to share their research outcomes, experiences, concept, philosophy, and values on this unique platform, by introducing their books, research studies, or journal articles, or discussing other books related topics, includes but not limited to Education, Entrepreneurship Leadership, Experience Sharing, Professional Development, Psychology, Career Training, Literature, etc.


Schedule and topics are subject to change. Please check back for updates.

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
4:15 PM - 4:20 PM
Welcome Remarks
4:20 PM - 4:50 PM
Ed Talk Sharing
4:50 PM - 5:30 PM
Panel Discussion


  • Jingyu Wang (Executive Director of Notre Dame Beijing, University of Notre Dame.)

    Jingyu Wang

    Executive Director of Notre Dame Beijing, University of Notre Dame.

    Jingyu Wang serves as the executive director of the Beijing Global Gateway, University of Notre Dame.

    Wang previously taught at Princeton University as a Lecturer in New Jersey. She also worked as the Research Associate at University of Notre Dame to coordinate the US Department of Education Title VI project with the theme “Undergraduate International Studies & Foreign Language". Wang was the founding Director of Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad from 2012 to 2018 in collaboration with Chengdu Municipal Government in China.

    Wang earned her master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Beijing Normal University. She used to teach Chinese literature at Daqing No. 4 High School. Additionally, Wang was a co-author of A Kaleidoscope of China through Princeton University Press in 2009.

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  • Don Howard (Professor of Philosophy at University of Notre Dame)

    Don Howard

    Professor of Philosophy at University of Notre Dame

    Don Howard is the former director and a Fellow of the University of Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, where he now functions as co-director of the center’s ethics of emerging technologies focus area. He holds a permanent appointment as a Professor in the Department of Philosophy. With a first degree in physics (B.Sc., Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University, 1971), Howard went on to obtain both an M.A. (1973) and a Ph.D. (1979) in philosophy from Boston University, where he specialized in philosophy of physics under the direction of Abner Shimony.

    A Fellow of the American Physical Society, Past Chair of APS’s Forum on the History of Physics, and current Chair of its Committee on International Freedom of Scientists, Howard is an internationally recognized expert on the history and philosophy of modern physics, especially the work of Einstein and Bohr. He served as Assistant Editor and Contributing Editor for The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein (Princeton University Press), and is Co-Editor of the Einstein Studies series (Springer). His video/audio lecture series, Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian, is available from The Great Courses, and a collection of his essays on Einstein is in preparation for the University of Chicago Press. Howard is also the co-founder (1990) of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science and was the founding co-editor of its journal, HOPOS (University of Chicago Press).

    Howard has been writing and teaching about the ethics of science and technology for many years. Co-editor of the collection, The Challenge of the Social and the Pressure of Practice: Science and Values Revisited (University of Pittsburgh Press), Howard has led NSF-funded workshops on science and ethics at Notre Dame for physics REU students, is currently the lead PI on an NSF-EESE research ethics grant, and has taught courses on topics ranging from the moral choices of atomic scientists during World War II and the Cold War, to the ethics of emerging weapons technologies and robot ethics. He also serves as the Secretary of the International Society for Military Ethics. Among his current research interests are ethical and legal issues in cyberconflict and cybersecurity as well as the ethics of autonomous systems. His paper, “Virtue in Cyberconflict,” was published in 2014 in the volume, Ethics of Information Warfare (Springer), and his essay on “Civic Virtue and Cybersecurity” will soon appear in the volume, The Nature of Peace and the Morality of Armed Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan). His editorials on technology ethics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, on CNN, at InsideSources, and in other venues.

    Representative Publications
    “In Defense of (Virtuous) Autonomous Weapons.” Notre Dame Journal on Emerging Technologies, 3,2 (November 2022).

    “Einstein the Theologian.” In Angelic Motions, Evil Geniuses, and Explanations: The Theological and Philosophical Backdrop to the Development of the Sciences (1600-2000). Flavia Marcacci and Paul Allen, eds. (Volume under review for publication in Brill’s Philosophical Studies in Science and Religion series.)

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  • Richard Zhang (Senior Principal AI Engineer and CTO at Intel China Ltd.)

    Richard Zhang

    Senior Principal AI Engineer and CTO at Intel China Ltd.

    Dr. Zhang joined Intel in 2002. Currently, he is working on Edge Computing and Deep Learning solution innovation based on Intel’s Processors and AI accelerators for IoT and Network usage such as Smart Manufacture, Smart Retail, Smart Transportation, 5G-A and 6G network etc.

    He is Chairman of Testbed Working Group in Edge Computing Consortium and Intel’s delegate in IEEE P2805 Working Group which is working on standard definition for “Cloud-edge Collaboration protocols for machine learning”. He is an expert committee member of World Economic Forum.
    Dr. Zhang got his PhD degree from Tsinghua University in 2000. He is member of IEEE and China Computer Federation.

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  • Jim Lin (Brand, Communications & Social Lead at IBM China Company Limited)

    Jim Lin

    Brand, Communications & Social Lead at IBM China Company Limited

    Jim Lin is the Brand, Communications & Social lead for IBM in Greater China Region. He plays a crucial role in shaping and executing the branding and communication strategies for IBM in this region. He is responsible for positioning IBM as the leader in AI and Cloud, maintaining IBM brand consistency and reputation management efforts, ensuring that the company's values and mission are accurately represented in all communications, and establishing IBM as the trustworthy and preferred partner for enterprise clients in GCG.

    Jim was granted the award for 'China Communications Person of the Year 2016' by China Communications Leaders Forum for outstanding performance in managing and transforming IBM image from a traditional IT company to the ‘AI and Hybrid Cloud” company, and establishing IBM as one of the most respected MNCs (Multinational Corporations) in China.

    Before joining IBM, Jim was the senior director for Oracle Corporate Communications Asia Pacific. Prior to Oracle, Jim had also worked for Microsoft, Edelman, and Burson Marsteller.

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AmCham China-Members


Standard Price RMB 150


Standard Price RMB 450
Student Tickets
Standard Price Complimentary


5C WeWork, Pacific Century Place

Floor 5, Gate 5, Pacific Century Place,
2A Workers' Stadium North Road,
Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100027 北京市朝阳区工体北路甲2号,盈科中心5号门5层。 邮编100027

Beijing, Chaoyang District, China

If you have any questions please contact Melody Wen

Contact Organizer


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