19 July 2018

Herbert Chia

Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China, former head of the data committee and vice president at Alibaba Group.
  • Autonomous car is one area where artificial intelligence is extensively applied. Photo: Reuters

    How AI is shaping the world of the future

    - Jul 18, 2018 11:07am
    High-tech companies in nine cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area have seen a 47 percent rise in hirings over last year. Firms in Dongguan even posted a stronger hiring growth of 77 percent. In...
  • A satellite image of Damascus, Syria. Artificial intelligence is being used to analyze the bird's eye view of satellite pictures. Photo: Reuters

    GANs open up enormous possibilities

    - Jul 11, 2018 11:23am
    “A falling leaf reveals the coming of fall,” says an old Chinese saying. Humans always try to determine the overall picture on the basis of small details. However, some angles can only be achieved with the help...
  • There is no better way to improve the lives of billions of people around the world than to improve the way cities work, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg once remarked. Photo: Reuters

    Digitalization progress hinges on top leaders’ vision

    - Jun 27, 2018 4:15pm
    I was given a book list on big data for a translation project by a publishing house half a year ago. I was immediately drawn to a book entitled The Responsive City. The author, Stephen Goldsmith,...
  • The city government of Seoul has been analyzing GPS data from mobile phones to better understand the public’s commuting needs. Photo: AFP

    Smart city needs big data for decision-making

    - Jun 22, 2018 2:32pm
    In last week’s Hong Kong Smart City Summit, experts discussed the basic requirements for the city to transform itself into a smart city. Speeches made during the meeting stress the need for the government to understand...
  • Google's AlphaGo computer program demonstrated the power of deep-learning technology by beating professional grandmasters in the game of Go. Photo: AFP

    Machines that can learn and create on their own

    - Jun 15, 2018 11:01am
    Deep-learning technology has made big strides over the last few years, enabling computers to learn from images, recognize human faces and their emotions, and even diagnose X-ray readings. The technology has opened up a series of...
  • Different systems among cities in the Greater Bay Area pose a challenge to intra-regional data flow. Photo: Xinhua

    Data sharing and integration: A key issue for Greater Bay Area

    - Jun 7, 2018 10:54am
    In his report at the 19th CPC National Congress in October last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping highlighted that city clusters should play a bigger role and that the government should build a new mechanism to...
  • Data sharing and safe data flow are prerequisites for data-driven innovations. Photo: Reuters

    Some thoughts on data governance

    - May 30, 2018 10:43am
    It’s widely known that a high-quality database is critical for developing a smart economy in the era of big data. Data sharing and safe data flow are prerequisites for data-driven innovations. They are also essential for...
  • Guiyang has been designated as China's first 'big data and cyber-security demonstration pilot city' by the Ministry of Public Security. Photo: China Daily

    Guiyang has come a long way in building itself into a data hub

    - May 25, 2018 12:32pm
    Liquor brand Kweichow Moutai may be the only thing that comes to the mind of many people when one talks about China’s underdeveloped Guizhou province. But Guiyang, the capital of the province, is actually China’s designated...
  • Residents in Helsinki can use transportation app Whim to plan the best route by comparing all transportation options, including railway, taxi, bus and bike-sharing. Photo:

    How AI can transform the way we commute

    - May 4, 2018 12:03pm
    Several countries around the world are keen on developing smart cities, initiatives that would increasingly involve the application of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. To build a smart city, transportation is typically the biggest challenge. Many cities...
  • Increasing cross-border data flows will lead to bigger demand for data centers that can accommodate different compliance requirements. Photo: Bloomberg

    HK well-positioned to become cross-border data center

    - Apr 26, 2018 10:44am
    High-quality data enables companies to make smart business decisions. It is also the source of inspiration for innovation, and a raw material for artificial intelligence and smart products development. As such, data forms an essential part...
  • Algorithms designed by data scientists would certainly reflect human biases, exposing their companies to some dangers. Photo: Reuters

    Businesses shouldn’t ignore risks associated with AI

    - Apr 19, 2018 10:45am
    2018 will be a milestone in the application of Artificial intelligence (AI), according to Gartner. By 2020, 20 percent of citizens in developed economies are expected to use AI to help them make daily decisions. And...
  • Stitch Fix uses style experts and artificial intelligence to select clothing and accessories for its clients. Photo: Facebook

    Applying AI to personal styling service

    - Apr 12, 2018 9:39am
    Decades ago, when the internet was still in its infancy, experts predicted that one-on-one marketing would soon become a reality, and consumers would just sit at home and wait for the products they ordered to be...
  • The fatal crash involving an Uber self-driving car has sparked calls for tighter regulation of the new technology. Photo: Reuters

    Painful lessons from Uber’s self-driving car accident

    - Mar 29, 2018 12:06pm
    On March 18, at around 10 p.m., an Uber self-driving car hit a woman as she was crossing a street in Tempe, Arizona. The vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time of the accident, while...
  • Various technologies are available to reduce the risk of data leak. Photo: Xinhua

    Three major big data security directions

    - Mar 23, 2018 11:02am
    The world is currently generating up to 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day.  Here are more statistics on data: Americans produce 265.77 gigabytes of data per minute, 46,800 photos are uploaded to Instagram every minute,...
  • Big data analysis can help retailers understand how customers may react to different pricing strategies. Photo: Reuters

    How big data helps businesses lure more costumers

    - Mar 1, 2018 12:41pm
    New retail is set to gain momentum as big data and smart devices continue to develop. At the moment, global retailers are eagerly seeking the best way to utilize big data, which is critical for their...
  • Technology will help teachers do a better job, not replace them. Photo: Microsoft

    Some key trends in education technology

    - Feb 22, 2018 10:54am
    Venture capitalists assess the value of a project based on its potential return on investment. Unlike in other sectors such as finance or healthcare, it is much harder to come up with a clear estimate of the return...
  • Where do we find the inspiration, the insight  for successful decision-making? Photo: Phillip Capper / Wikimedia Commons

    Human insight valuable in the digital era

    - Feb 15, 2018 12:32pm
    I was once managing a team of over 120 business analysts at Alibaba, and doing the monthly report was always such a big challenge. My role was to help them conduct data analysis from different perspectives....
  • Researchers are working on developing human organs by building body cells layer by layer using a 3D printer.

    Ten technologies that could change the world

    - Feb 8, 2018 11:35am
    There is a saying that when housewives start chatting about stocks while walking through a wet market, it’s time for investors to head for the exit. The same rule also applies to artificial intelligence (AI). The...
  • AI-related initiatives are drawing huge investments, but not everyone is giving the projects sufficient scrutiny. Photo: Reuters

    What you should look out for when assessing AI projects

    - Jan 31, 2018 10:42am
    Venture capital firms invested record amounts of money in artificial intelligence (AI) businesses last year, according to the latest PwC/CB Insights MoneyTree Report. It’s reported that AI-related firms raised up to US$5 billion last year involving...
  • As sharing economy concept becomes popular, one can easily enjoy the experience of driving a luxury car without owning one. Photo: Porsche

    How the sharing economy model keeps evolving

    - Jan 25, 2018 10:43am
    In addition to the arrival of new technologies, the evolution of the economic model is also an important trend that will shape the future. Some of these new models include sharing economy, customized rental, pay-on-demand for...

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