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The challenges of programming morality into artificial intelligence   With AI permeating every imaginable aspect of our lives, the future conceived by 20th century dystopian literature no longer seems implausible. While these pre-modern narratives focused largely on red-eyed alien robots bent on destroying humanity, the issues underpinning AI ethics now extend far

Sonar Hong Kong 2019

April 13, 2019 Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP)   The third year of Sónar Hong Kong’s eclectic music, arts and technology festival packed a punch, with a lineup of DJs both local and international, and a characteristically diverse array of workshops, talks, art, and tech for visitors to peruse.   The Sónar +D

Elemental Luxury with MYKU Watches

When one thinks of gemstones, diamond engagement rings or jade bracelets often come to mind. MYKU has managed to use a variety of semi-precious gemstones to create one-of-a-kind timepieces.   The brand sources gemstones from around the world, each with their distinctive characteristics, which are sent to German artisans who cut the

Smart Ring ORII Launches Gesture-Control Features

A longtime paragon for crowdfunding and hardware success in Hong Kong, Origami Labs announced a set of gesture-control features for its voice-powered smart ring, ORII, at The Mills Fabrica’s Techstyle X space on July 16, 2019. Having captured the hearts and ears of users since it launched in 2015, the

What tech companies can learn from lifestyle brands   Lifestyle and tech brands have had an intimate relationship for quite some time. Apple created a strong lifestyle around its hardware, and many non-tech brands like Nike and The New York Times have incorporated tech into their lifestyle world.   They’re brands that allowed us

Looking back on how choice and trust have shaped the country’s Internet economy   Last August, the Chinese government announced that the number of Internet users in the country had reached a mind-boggling 802 million, which is more than the combined populations of the United States, Russia, Indonesia, and Brazil (CNNIC). Of

After traveling to more than 50 countries   We all yearn for new experiences and learning through travel. I often find myself on the road, traveling whenever time permits, but my colleague and friend Maurice Lee takes it to the next level. As a social progress-minded futurist and thinker, he specializes in

Your 2019 Blockchain Survival Guide

How blockchain startups can stay competitive in today’s landscape   Bitcoin was born in 2008; Ethereum in 2013; and cryptocurrency was first mentioned on the hit television show, Billions, in 2018. After more than ten years, the technology is finally part of our cultural discussion, but those in the industry are still

Rooit, Techstars-backed startup from Taiwan, is empowering young people to build warm connections with tailored content via an AI facilitator   Amidst the global craze of social media apps, like TikTok and Snapchat, Rooit, a Taiwan-based gamified chat app powered by AI technology, is on a mission to empower young people with

  Almost everyone wants to better their lifestyle, but making changes to diet and exercise is easier said than done. Many adults struggle to keep up with nutritious meals while balancing work, family, and other responsibilities. With this problem in mind, it makes sense for a third party to step in

Taiwan-based Rooit is upending the process of making new friends with its custom chatbots   They say it’s never too late to make new friends, and in today’s world it can even be done online. The old ethos of ‘don’t talk to strangers online’ has faded into obscurity with the advent of

Riding the Tech Wave

Why Southeast Asia is the next global hub of technology talents Southeast Asia (SEA) is starting to enjoy the fruits of its massive demographic dividend. The region’s 650 million-strong population is now at a median age of 25 (Statista 2017). With a booming middle class, falling dependency ratios, and tech-savvy and

Community - The true measure of connectivity for companies

We live in a world that is getting more and more connected. A study published earlier this year reveals that there are 5.11 billion unique mobile users in the world, and that number has been growing by a million every day (We Are Social). This explosion has given brands different

As digital technology makes it easier and cheaper to gain access to markets in some of the world's most far-flung places, startups are able to develop rather quickly compared to several years ago. Berlin is one city enjoying accelerated growth in this area: a new startup is founded in the

When it comes to the application of blockchain technology, it’s never a matter of if, but when. If you look at the inroads that blockchain has created over the past few years, there is one area that has been overshadowed by big industries: the rapidly evolving esports market.   Many industries can

Professionals don’t want to commute anymore, and this hardly comes as a surprise. Commuting often poses challenges to an individual’s life, but most have accepted it as the only way to land the best jobs with the best companies.   This issue has been an exceptionally acute in Asia-Pacific (APAC), as the

Why co-working strikes the balance   On the 1st of December in 1913, Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line, reducing in the production time of an automobile from 12 hours to just two and a half hours. Ford was able to meet the growing demand for motor cars, rolling out

Five challenges student entrepreneurs face   Why would you choose to give up a stable income by jumping into the risky waters of entrepreneurship, constrained to a diet of instant noodles?   I meet many students from top universities across Asia, and questions like the one above are common. While entrepreneurship appears to be

A leading life coach teaches you how to achieve life mastery   Every successful person I work with wants to make more money, feel more energetic, find inner happiness, be healthier, and continually elevate their life. Thanks to technology, we now have the tools to juggle multiple projects and access the knowledge

3 steps to achieve better marketing performance   Content marketing (CM) is not a new concept. Marketers have been using content to disseminate information about brands and products for centuries. Its history traces back to the year 1732 C.E., when Benjamin Franklin issued the Poor Richard’s Almanack to promote his printing business.   Instead

  It’s not a secret: artificial intelligence has become one of the biggest, if not the biggest, focus on what concerns technological development in the world’s leading companies, such as Amazon and Apple. In 2018, Tim Cook hired over 200 Python developers to create what we believed was an advanced AI

A brief overview of the continent’s startup ecosystems   Latin America has a population of over 650 million people, where the median age is 29.5 years old (Worldometers). This vast, young continent is made up of avid tech users, representing the fastest-growing market globally for Airbnb, top three cities by ride volume

  By Anastasia Stefanuk | DevOps is a specialized space that has grown over the years. What started as a theoretical approach to unifying resources, practices, and tools for application development, is now an essential business approach to application and systems development. Software developers, DevOps engineers, release managers, and security officers are

3 principles to transform your marketing strategy   I’m obsessed with unicorns. That might sound a bit weird for a middle-aged guy, but hear me out. For over ten years, I’ve been on a mission to discover the most successful marketing tactics available. I call these tactics unicorns. In this article, I’ll

How this generation will change the workplace Millennials currently make up 30% of the workforce (New York Times). As baby boomers retire by the thousands, millennials are becoming leaders in every industry. However, just when many employers have figured out how to woo and keep millennials in the workplace, a whole

Insights from a design-led venture firm   By Vincent Tan | From ventures like Airbnb and Square to enterprises like Virgin Atlantic and General Electric, design-led businesses have been making headlines for their ability to enable growth and change within their organizations   With more and more startups using design to articulate their value proposition

If you’re a freelancer or business owner of any kind, it’s practically inevitable that one of your clients will one day miss the payment deadline on your invoice. This can be a frustrating experience, especially when you’ve put in the hard work to deliver on your own obligations to the

As told by a venture capitalist   Entrepreneurship comes in all colors and flavors. Not every business has to raise US$20 billion dollars from visionary funds. There are plenty of impactful, sustainable, and large companies that are changing people’s lives without venture funding. Before listing a few of these businesses, let me

It’s time we take back growth hacking   I despise the words ‘growth hacking.’ What started as a useful term for teaching startups how to scale quickly has turned into one that means running marketing campaigns on a minuscule budget. It’s been tossed around the startup water cooler so often that it’s

Bringing about a healthy ecosystem through the Venture Capital Method   There’s an epidemic of overvaluation raging in Southeast Asia’s entrepreneurial community. It appears to be highly contagious, as most entrepreneurs I meet seem to be infected. Overvaluation is dangerous for startups and can even be fatal in extreme cases.   Most SEA