20 July 2019

Herbert Chia

Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China, former head of the data committee and vice president at Alibaba Group.
  • As AI will make several jobs redundant, policymakers must focus on retraining workers deemed at risk. Photo: Bloomberg

    Preparing for job losses in the AI era

    - Jul 18, 2019 11:00am
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to boost business efficiency and bring the world into a new era of customization. However, the downside for society is that more jobs will be lost to automation, a development that...
  • A highly efficient data ecosystem is a must for smooth running of a smart city. Photo: Bloomberg

    Using data for smart city devt: Focus on a specific problem

    - Jul 12, 2019 12:56pm
    Increasingly, we are relying on data in our daily lives. For example, if you buy a book online from a vendor in another country, the process altogether involves payment system, logistics and transportation, supply chains, insurers,...
  • To turn data into precious resources, human input is critical. Photo: Freepik

    Is data the new oil?

    - Jun 28, 2019 10:55am
    Some data experts argue that the common analogy of data as the new oil is seriously flawed. It could, they say, mislead companies and policymakers into believing that the more data they have, the more advantage...
  • Government and public organizations should take the lead in opening up data, an expert says. Photo: Reuters

    Breaking up data monopolies

    - Jun 20, 2019 12:04pm
    One often hears complaints that some internet giants have acquired enormous data as first movers, and that they are now enjoying data monopoly.  More than half of global population, or 3.8 billion people, are using the...
  • China has seen many smart city initiatives in recent years, thanks to applications of big data. Photo: Bloomberg

    How China’s big data development has evolved

    - Jun 12, 2019 1:13pm
    China’s big data development has gone through four stages. The sector was still in the early stage before 2012. There were only a few experimental applications of big data in big companies. But big data started...
  • Technological disruption is nothing new, but the speed of change triggered by AI could be quite unusual. Photo: Reuters

    Applying AI to enhance your business operations

    - Jun 10, 2019 3:15pm
    With the advance of artificial intelligence (AI), many people are starting to believe that the current ways of doing business might become obsolete within five years. Corporations are paying attention as to how AI would impact...
  • Entrepreneurs who try to build startups without meeting their potential customers and understanding the market needs usually end up paying a price. Photo: Reuters

    Top reasons why startups fail

    - May 24, 2019 11:06am
    A CB Insights research report recently discussed a number of startup failures, and compiled a list of top reasons why such ventures fail. The No.1 reason for failure is misreading the market demand, as noted in...
  • Data visualization, through tools such as data dashboard, can help us get a better picture in relation to complex tasks. Photo: Freepik

    Data visualization only first step toward building a smart city

    - May 16, 2019 10:04am
    I’m currently working on a training program for the Beijing municipal government on ways to build a data-driven smart city and design a framework for precise decision-making. Many people mix up a decision-making system with a...
  • Investigators examine an autonomous Uber vehicle involved in a fatal accident in Arizona last year. Photo: Reuters

    How shall we tackle ethical issues arising from technology?

    - May 8, 2019 10:40am
    Big data is changing the way we see the world. When the amount of information reaches a certain level, powerful algorithms and machine learning will often lead to new conclusions that go against traditional wisdom. As...
  • Machine learning has become a must-have technology in the big data era. Photo: AFP/Reuters

    Automating the data analysis process

    - May 2, 2019 11:31am
    In 2013, I embarked on two projects at Alibaba: how to use data to drive each business unit, and how to automate the data analysis process. Many were skeptical initially, but it turned out that huge...
  • Data analysis helps airlines make preemptive maintenance and repair plans, which can boost efficiency and save costs for the firms and shorten waiting time for passengers. Photo: Reuters

    How businesses benefit from cross-border data flows

    - Apr 25, 2019 11:15am
    Data innovations will undoubtedly benefit businesses big and small in different industries. A survey has shown that data analysis is deemed critical for small-sized American and European firms. And the reality today is that there are...
  • As AI develops fast and finds its way into a growing number of applications, the technology brings challenges in relation to preventing its misuse. Photo: Bloomberg

    Ethical and social issues in AI

    - Apr 23, 2019 11:25am
    As artificial intelligence (AI) gets deployed in a host of applications and for various purposes, it is throwing up some social and ethical issues. Every new innovation can be applied for good or bad purposes. For...
  • Digital transformation poses implementation challenges for corporates as employees are often suspicious of change. Photo: Freepik

    Culture challenge in digital transformation

    - Apr 4, 2019 11:02am
    A survey of senior executives of Fortune 1000 companies showed that 91.6 percent of the firms had begun to devote more resources to Big Data and AI-related initiatives. But many off them admitted that their investments...
  • Flickr became an appealing resource for facial recognition researchers because many users published their images under 'Creative Commons' licenses. Photo: Freepik

    Do you want your online photos to be used to train computers?

    - Mar 27, 2019 10:35am
    Face recognition technology has advanced rapidly in recent years. It has become a key part of identifying a person using biometric technology, which can be used to unlock mobile phones, track employee time, identify regular customers...
  • City governments are increasingly looking at big data technology to help manage urban planning better. Photo: Xinhua

    Bay Area test zone makes for good big data sandbox

    - Mar 15, 2019 12:09pm
    Big data development in major cities typically involves the following elements: building and improving internet infrastructure facilities; developing high-speed internet network; introducing e-government services and building a digital government; deep data analysis to enhance precise urban management; opening up and sharing...
  • China's Greater Bay Area can take reference from the EU and its data protection regulations while building a data alliance in the region, an expert says. Photo: Xinhua

    Building a big data alliance in Greater Bay Area

    - Mar 7, 2019 11:00am
    The Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has proposed the establishment of a global data hub in the Great Bay Area. The facility is seen essential for the region to build data...
  • Hong Kong can take up the data hub role as China pushes the Greater Bay Area plan, observers say, Photo: Reuters

    HK’s opportunity to serve as data hub in Greater Bay Area

    - Feb 28, 2019 10:46am
    I’ve been actively involved in work related to safe data flows in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau over the last three years. I believe Big Data is critical for pushing digital economic transformation in the future....
  • In data management, companies should thoroughly understand how data is produced, collected, stored and used. Photo: Reuters

    Data governance: why it’s so difficult to get it right

    - Feb 21, 2019 3:06pm
    Helping companies to set guidelines for data governance is one of the topics discussed in a meeting held recently by the newly established Institute of Big Data Governance. Based on my experience, it’s not easy to...
  • The massive collection of user behavior data has become possible, thanks to the the internet and smartphones. Photo: Freepik

    Five stages of big data development

    - Feb 14, 2019 10:32am
    Big data development is entering its ninth year in 2019. It’s now stabilizing after years of fast development. In the process of digitalization, corporates and cities have encountered different issues.  Let me review what has been...
  • Consumers value human interaction but they also welcome the convenience brought by robots and artificial intelligence. Photo: Reuters

    Saving time the biggest reason for using robot assistance

    - Jan 31, 2019 10:26am
    I fear that one day robots will take over our jobs and our lives, but I’m also happy to enjoy all the convenience brought by artificial intelligence (AI). A recent survey showed that up to 75...

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