25 January 2020

Herbert Chia

Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China, former head of the data committee and vice president at Alibaba Group.
  • Digital resources and AI technology sometimes throw up moral and legal issues that will need to be addressed. Photo:

    Governance of artificial intelligence

    - Sep 6, 2019 10:47am
    Shanghai will build a state-of-the-art open AI development platform, the city’s party boss Li Qiang said at the opening of the World AI Conference last week. Many cities across the world want to develop AI, but...
  • To meet the new privacy challenges in the AI and machine learning era, the world needs more robust anonymous data standards. Photo: Reuters

    Why data anonymization doesn’t really guarantee your privacy

    - Aug 22, 2019 10:22am
    Data anonymization refers to the process of either encrypting or removing personally identifiable information from data sets, such as names and email addresses. The practice will increasingly be used in in sectors such as healthcare, fintech...
  • Artificial intelligence can empower hospitals and doctors with better diagnostic abilities. Photo: Xinhua

    Some solid AI developments in China

    - Aug 15, 2019 12:31pm
    We’ve witnessed the rapid development of artificial intelligence in China over the last couple of years. China, in fact, is now leading the world in certain key AI technologies thanks to policy support. In the matter...
  • The big data governance principles aim not only accelerate digital transformation but also provide a framework to facilitate reliable cross-border data flow. Photo: Freepik

    Hong Kong unveils first data governance framework

    - Aug 7, 2019 10:47am
    The Institute of Big Data Governance (IBDG) introduced the world’s first big data governance principles and an independent evaluation system on Monday.  The move is aimed at setting up a reliable data governance framework for businesses...
  • Neuralink is researching on different kinds of brain interfaces in order to detect signals from hundreds of thousands of neural cells and put the data in deep-learning algorithms. Photo: Xinhua

    Connecting the human brain to AI

    - Aug 1, 2019 10:16am
    Two years ago, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk founded Neuralink Corporation, a tech startup that aims to build implants that connect the human brain to artificial intelligence systems. Some former Neuralink employees revealed that the company was...
  • People enjoy the convenience brought by technology, but they also fear the risks associated with artificial intelligence.  Photo: AFP

    Business executives voice concerns over AI

    - Jul 25, 2019 1:43pm
    Artificial intelligence is expected to contribute up to US$15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030, according to research by PwC. Almost all industries want to use AI to speed up their development. But the widespread...
  • 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...