19 July 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.
  • Frankie Choy was named winner of the 2018 Esri Young Scholars Award in Hong Kong for his project related to bus services in the city. Photo: Winne Tang

    Data-driven discussion, bottom-up approach key to smart city

    - Jul 16, 2018 5:00pm
    Urban planning has become a public concern. “Brownfield sites” and “big debate on land supply” have become common terms in the news in Hong Kong. Engaging in a public discussion that could lead to consensus on...
  • Alibaba's Jack Ma made some interesting comments recently on how an entrepreneur should have a vision and pursue his dream, even though the rewards may seem distant. Photo: Reuters

    ‘We believe, and then we see the fruit’

    - Jul 16, 2018 1:52pm
    From the rise and fall of the industrial sectors in the United States over the past 100 years, we can see a surprising progression from the old economy to the new. Recently, Forbes magazine listed the...
  • The FIFA World Cup 2018 has allowed host Russia to showcase its technological advances, particularly in smart city development. Photo: AFP

    How technology is transforming Moscow

    - Jul 6, 2018 12:41pm
    The FIFA World Cup 2018 is a global sporting event that is being watched by almost half of the world’s population. As such, it offers the best opportunity to showcase new technology. For the host Russia,...
  • Hong Kong produces over 2,000 tons of plastic waste daily, constituting more than 20 percent of the garbage we send to landfills. Photo:

    Let’s go plastic-free to save the ocean

    - Jun 29, 2018 3:30pm
    A pilot whale was recently stranded in a canal in southern Thailand and, despite efforts by residents and a team of veterinarians to save the mammal, it died after spitting out five plastic bags. An autopsy revealed 80...
  • The demand for AI researchers and practitioners far outweighs the supply, prompting companies and governments to offer the best salaries and benefits to lure talent. Photo: Bloomberg

    HK should not be left behind in competition for AI talent

    - Jun 25, 2018 10:00am
    There are approximately 300,000 artificial intelligence (Al) researchers and practitioners in the world, while the market demand for AI talent is in the millions, according to the Global AI Talent White Paper released by Tencent Research...
  • Hong Kong needs to create an ecosystem that will help nurture more professionals in advanced technologies. Image: Artificial Intelligence Society of Hong Kong

    Addressing the AI talent shortage

    - Jun 13, 2018 10:56am
    Artificial intelligence (Al) is regarded as a key to the world’s future development. For businesses, acquisition of talent is crucial, which has led to universities becoming an important battlefield. Last year, a professor at the Hong...
  • Women applying for international patents increased from 12 percent in the 1990s to 31 percent last year.. Photo:

    Women’s creativity yet to be fully harnessed

    - Jun 5, 2018 9:45am
    Governments and organizations often cite the shortage of talent in the market, but a study suggests that many countries actually are not making full use of their human capital. According to the Global Human Capital Report...
  • By 2016, the total traffic of the Hong Kong Observatory website reached 100 billion pages. Photo: HK Observatory

    Data transparency key to winning the public’s trust

    - May 29, 2018 12:02pm
    French President Emmanuel Macron announced his nation’s aim to catch up with the US and China on artificial intelligence (AI) by spending 1.5 billion euro (HK$13.7 billion) within the next five years. The success of AI...
  • Initiated by the University of Chicago, the Array of Things project will collect data such as air quality, weather conditions, magnetic fields, noise and traffic. Photo:

    Increased data transparency can promote innovation

    - May 24, 2018 11:15am
    The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which establishes a set of new standards for personal privacy and security, will become effective from this Friday (May 25). The regulation applies to all EU countries, companies...
  • Establishing geospatial data related infrastructure is a strategic move in developing Hong Kong into a smart city. Photo: Bloomberg

    Geospatial data plays vital role in smart city development

    - May 17, 2018 11:14am
    Hong Kong is fortunate to benefit from infrastructure developed and managed by advanced technology entities and dedicated government departments. The Environmental Protection Department, for example, carries out air pollution analysis; the Observatory collects, studies and disseminates weather...
  • Hong Kong needs to put some data sharing infrastructure in place if it is to move ahead on the 'smart city' goal. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why we need a spatial data sharing platform

    - May 11, 2018 10:08am
    Early last year, I started teaching a Master’s degree program for students from different professions, backgrounds, and nationalities at the University of Hong Kong on how smart cities can improve people’s lives through technology. This is...
  • Many elderly people who interact with care robots become more active and cheerful, studies show. Photo:

    How artificial intelligence can help boost mental health

    - May 2, 2018 11:33am
    The International Monetary Fund expects that Hong Kong’s GDP per capita will reach US$46,000 (about HK$360,000) by 2018, ranking 20th in the world, higher than New Zealand, France, and the United Kingdom. However, in the World...
  • 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...

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