27 April 2018

Dr. Winnie Tang

The writer is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Hong Kong. She is also one of the locally-bred IT entrepreneurs of Hong Kong.
  • With return on investment falling below expectation, financial institutions have found a reason to limit their commitment to adoption of AI technologies. Image Reuters

    AI: Still a long way from maturity

    - Apr 27, 2018 8:15am
    People who fear their work could get replaced soon by artificial intelligence (Al) would be relieved if they go through a banking survey “AI in Banking: The Reality Behind the Hype” released recently by the Financial...
  • Geographic information system (GIS), an analytic software that consolidates geospatial data, has become an indispensable tool for governments and business organizations around the world. Photo: Esri China (Hong Kong)

    Spatial thinking inspires planning for future

    - Apr 16, 2018 8:33am
    Tsinghua University and LinkedIn, a professional social networking platform, has recently released The China Digital Economy Talent Report. The study finds a huge talent gap in newly emerged fields such as big data analysis and digital...
  • As of now,  no AV has been allowed to be tested on public roads in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

    Let’s get prepared for autonomous vehicles

    - Apr 9, 2018 10:17am
    Despite the recent Uber fatal crash which has drawn worldwide attention to safety issues pertaining to autonomous vehicles (AVs), I believe the vehicles will gain ground and remain an epoch-making trend that will upheave our lifestyle....
  • A regulatory sandbox allows creative financial products to be tested in a controlled environment with real customers before they are officially launched. Photo: Reuters

    Creating a favorable environment for talent

    - Mar 29, 2018 6:19pm
    The policy address proposed to establish a “postdoctoral hub”, and the budget granted substantial funding to financial technology (fintech). Meanwhile, we noted that the United Kingdom is establishing a global sandbox that will enable fintech firms to...
  • Planting one million trees in each country each year may not be enough to counter the massive deforestation around the world, but it will go a long way to absorb carbon emissions. Photo: Reuters

    Kids teach adults how to protect the earth

    - Mar 27, 2018 12:19pm
    What were you doing when you were nine years old? Where would you be in 2100? In 2007, Felix Finkbeiner, a 9-year-old primary four student in Germany, had to do a project on climate change. He...
  • To drive innovation and technology industries, the Hong Kong government needs to prioritize the investment of resources, observers say. Photo: HK Government

    Tech funding: How to spend the money wisely

    - Mar 13, 2018 11:37am
    The Hong Kong government, in its recent budget, has allocated more than HK$50 billion to promote the growth of innovative and technology enterprises. The spending, up five-fold compared to such outlay in the previous budget, is...
  • Hong Kong has only a budget of HK$700 million for smart city trial programs, which is obviously not enough. Photo: AFP

    Hong Kong on course to become a smart city

    - Mar 7, 2018 1:19pm
    The government has demonstrated its determination to develop Hong Kong as an innovation powerhouse. In the latest budget announcement, an impressive funding allocation of over HK$50 billion, a fivefold increase over last year, has been allocated...
  • In order to maintain its position as a global financial hub, Hong Kong must adapt quickly to the tectonic changes in financial technology. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong can be the next RegTech hub

    - Feb 28, 2018 9:40am
    JPMorgan Chase, the largest US bank in deposit taking, committed 5,000 extra employees “to fix risk and compliance issues after a slew of investigations by regulatory authorities”. HSBC also hired an additional 1,800 employees, making a...
  • South Korea has introduced food waste containers with radio frequency identification to promote waste reduction. Photo:

    Have a green new year

    - Feb 21, 2018 5:07pm
    During the Chinese New Year, many shopping malls, housing estates and households decorate their premises with various items, along with mandarin orange plants and peach blossoms, to enrich the festive atmosphere. Now comes the question: what is...
  • Setting up a Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Unit was among the measures the Hong Kong government has taken to accelerate smart city development. Photo:

    Co-creation and collaboration key to smart city development

    - Feb 14, 2018 11:05am
    Before the Year of the Rooster ends, it is good to review what we have accomplished so far and to plan ahead for the coming year. Three years ago, 20 people from different professional fields gathered...
  • Education is one of the top three elements that will determine Hong Kong's prospects and continued prosperity. Photo: Bloomberg

    How children can create their smart future

    - Feb 9, 2018 3:35pm
    Late last month, the Smart City Consortium released a survey report on issues related to Hong Kong’s development as a smart city. More than 500 business executives and 1,000 citizens were interviewed for the survey. Both...
  • To foster the development of startups, it is important to have platforms that connect startups with the investors. Photo: LinkedSmart

    New financing platform energizes Hong Kong startup scene

    - Feb 6, 2018 12:15pm
    Can you imagine what Hong Kong will look like 10 or 20 years from now? By that time, can we still rely on the four major industries currently accounting for nearly 60 percent of GDP –...
  • Singapore’s telephone companies – Singtel, Starhub and M1 – provide data analytics to businesses as well as government agencies. Photo: Reuters

    Data sharing platform key if HK aims to be top-class smart city

    - Jan 31, 2018 4:19pm
    According to research firm IDC, the big-data and business analytics market would grow globally from US$150 billion in 2017 to over US$210 billion by 2020. Singapore has tried to make the best use of customer data,...
  • New York’s Open Data Law, legislated in 2012, mandates all public information “to be made available on a single web portal” by end of 2018. Photo:

    Open data can inspire innovations

    - Jan 18, 2018 12:12pm
    The world is experiencing a data-driven revolution. Data has been generated from every move you make – about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second by each human being on the earth by...
  • With the world moving into a new era of advanced technologies, demand for science, engineering and infotech talent is set to rise. Photo: Reuters

    Manpower trends: Why we need to focus on STEM education

    - Jan 9, 2018 3:10pm
    A human resources consultancy has interviewed nearly 60,000 employers in 43 countries on their anticipation of manpower demand in the first quarter of 2018, compared with fourth quarter 2017. The result showed that there is a...
  • The Hong Kong government is determined to implement smart mobility plans in the city as part of its Smart City Blueprint. Photo: HK Government

    How open data can facilitate smart mobility in Hong Kong

    - Dec 27, 2017 10:07am
    Traffic congestion is a “headache” to many cities, including Hong Kong. The Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong released by the government in mid-December mentioned Smart Mobility at the very beginning. It said, “Smart city development calls...
  • In the era of smart city, how do we strike a balance between conservation and development? Can we improve our quality of life without undermining our future? Photo: AFP

    Smart City 3.0: A sustainable and smarter future

    - Dec 15, 2017 3:56pm
    I have just published my new book, Smart City 3.0, which illustrates how young people can seize the opportunity to create their own future. I was privileged to have two heavyweights in my field – geographic...
  • Indonesia’s Emergency Spatial Support Centre has developed a smart mapping portal which aims to provide users with more information on the volcanic activity in Bali and its potential impact on affected communities. Photo: MREM

    How spatial technology enables emergency response

    - Dec 6, 2017 3:45pm
    In November, the Mount Agung volcano in Bali erupted for the first time in more than half a century, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee their homes. Hundreds of flights were cancelled and up...
  • Britain launched a system called Verify in May 2016, so that citizens can choose from several methods to prove their identities. Photo: UK Government

    Learning from overseas experience in electronic identity

    - Dec 4, 2017 8:00am
    Singapore has positioned itself as a smart nation and is adopting more advanced digital identity technology. Its new national digital identity (NDI) is a mobile application that uses encryption to verify identity online, it can be...
  • A GIS workshop organized for students. GIS allows users to connect with different data based on geographic location. Photo: Hong Kong Baptist University

    GIS shows immense potential

    - Nov 24, 2017 9:08am
    This is an unforgettable year. Twenty years ago, I was enlightened at the university and believed that knowledge of geographic information system (GIS) could benefit Hong Kong. I started my business then. In fact, GIS is...

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