17 August 2018

Peter Sabine

EJI contributor
  • High Times. a marijuana-focused media outlet, has declared that it will accept cryptocurrencies for its IPO. Photo: Reuters

    Marijuana gets high on digital

    - Aug 9, 2018 4:34pm
    While most Asian government positions on marijuana exists somewhere in the 20th century, the European and American experience shows the ‘Chronic’ can be a thriving economic driver.  Forbes cited market research that indicated spending on legal...
  • How about a marriage contract where the terms can be updated annually? Photo: AFP

    Forget prenup, go for blockchain marriage

    - Aug 2, 2018 3:41pm
    We want prenup! We want prenup! The line immortalized by Kanye West in Gold Digger has become a siren call for a generation who get married and don’t believe they can trust each other in the...
  • Blockchain allows people to trace back who has changed what on a record and when, and deduce what impact that action has had. Photo: Oracle

    Crying over crypto? Don’t blame the blockchain

    - Jul 24, 2018 9:14am
    If you have any type of cryptocurrency portfolio, chances are there will be plenty of tears. Unless you got in early, happen to be a market manipulating whale, can day trade a whole lot better than...
  • A Reddit user put Amazon's cloud storage plan to test by uploading 1.8 petabytes (a petabyte is one million gigabytes) of pornography to the storage service. One would need 293 and a half years to watch the entire collection. Photo: Internet

    How porn sparked an unlikely tech challenge

    - Jun 28, 2018 4:40pm
    The tech world is awash with claims from companies about their level of engagement, user numbers and revenue, but most of these go unverified, particularly for companies that don’t generate revenue. When a company says it...
  • Many younger deejays are foregoing clubs and hosting parties online, either via Facebook live on their own or through radio stations. Photo: Hong Kong Community Radio

    Yo Hong Kong DJ! The motherland is calling

    - Jun 22, 2018 5:02pm
    The problems in Hong Kong’s DJ scene are well-documented: high rents, expensive drinks, lack of support from authorities (and frequent police raids), crowds that seem to care more about looking cool than the music. We could go...
  • AI chatbot 'Antony' served as a virtual concierge during the Retail Asia Expo in 2016. Photo:

    Chatbots: ‘Say hello to my little friend’

    - Jun 5, 2018 10:02am
    Need some information quickly? Chances are if you are online typing in your request, a chatbot will be dealing with it. The industry is developing in leaps and bounds and becoming essential for customer service in...
  • There are analysts out there who say bitcoin will reach US$50,000 by the end of this year, and to the other extremes, those who believe it will be worthless. Photo: Reuters

    Bitcoin, human stupidity and the US$82 mln pizza order

    - May 25, 2018 8:13am
    How could a pizza order be worth US$82 million? The answer lies in Bitcoin pizza day, which first happened on May 22, 2010 – when Bitcoin user Laszlo Hanyecz bought two pizzas with the cryptocurrency. Our...
  • In Colombia, telecom company Tigo-Une converted 13,000 pay phones into 'payphone banks'. Photo: YouTube

    Solving the global unbanked riddle

    - May 9, 2018 11:26am
    Internet, power, and credit are some of the things people in the developing world take for granted, but for hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide, a lack of all these result in them being unbanked. The...
  • Social media works much like any other impulse addiction, such as nicotine and alcohol. We get a "like" or a message, it makes us feel good, and we want more. Photo: Bloomberg

    Striving for simplicity in the age of social media

    - Apr 27, 2018 12:09pm
    Simple lines, pure black blocks, and rounded shapes: how could these forms bring a sense of peace in the world of chaos? It’s been a question on my mind since I visited Peter Yuill’s exhibition, The...
  • Director Steven Spielberg signs autographs at the premiere of ‘Ready Player One’ in Los Angeles on March 26. Photo: Reuters

    Ready Player One: Back, just not to the future

    - Apr 17, 2018 4:57pm
    Ready Player One, the latest Steven Spielberg epic to roll off the production line, promised to offer a vision of an immersive reality enabled future, but instead gazes with longing nostalgia to the 70s, 80s and 90s...
  • DJ sets from Solar Sound System HK are powered by solar and kinetic energy. Photo: Facebook

    How to be a green DJ in Hong Kong

    - Apr 10, 2018 1:17pm
    The Fragrant Harbour is anything but at the best of times. Hong Kong’s problems with waste, landfill space, inefficient recycling systems and overconsumption are well documented. That’s not to mention air pollution and green city planning,...
  • With a reputation for low taxes and ease of business, Malta is positioning itself to become a global cryptocurrency center. Photo: Reuters

    Malta sets its sights on cryptocurrency dominance

    - Mar 28, 2018 3:51pm
    Having recently visited Malta, I can tell you not many Hongkongers are familiar with the Mediterranean island. For those who follow cryptocurrencies, it might be a different story. Following threats that cryptocurrency exchange Binance would face...
  • Taking selfies that make you look slim, vibrant and sexy is easier said than done. Photo: Reuters

    How to avoid bad selfies

    - Mar 15, 2018 3:07pm
    In the age of supposedly accepting all types of bodies, the sad truth is double chins rarely look cool. On social media, the wiser you get, the more that double chin comes out to haunt you....
  • In cryptocurrency trading as well as trail running, the start is full of hope and optimism. Photo: Reuters

    10 things amateur cryptocurrency trading and trail running share

    - Mar 9, 2018 3:41pm
    I recently participated in TransLantau100, a race of more than 100 kilometers across Lantau Island, starting at 11:30 p.m. on Friday and ending for me at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. Throughout the 28 hours of hiking,...
  • California-based logistics company Zipline is using the drone technology to deliver blood and other essential medical supplies to those who urgently need them in remote locations in Africa. Photo: Zipline

    Is it Superman, or a drone?

    - Feb 28, 2018 3:26pm
    If you are stuck in a dire situation in the wilderness, the customary reaction is not to panic and await Superman or other superheroes to come to the rescue. But for people in remote parts of Africa,...
  • Once considered an art, content creation is now becoming an industrial process with the focus just on garnering the maximum number of clicks online. Photo: wikipedia

    Cats, content and cash: A writer’s woes

    - Feb 22, 2018 12:41pm
    If being a freelance writer wasn’t difficult enough, the game has become significantly more difficult with the dumbing down of content online. Once considered an art, content creation is now an industrial process in which the...
  • The World Food Programme has been using an ethereum-based blockchain technology to help refugees of the Syrian civil war. Photo: ETHnews

    How blockchain is helping tackle global inequality

    - Feb 7, 2018 2:24pm
    Cryptocurrency is the topic of the day but what is really interesting is the technology behind the mania – blockchain. The decentralized and secure digital ledger of transactions is starting to be applied in a number...
  • The beauty of online viewership is that DJs can get thousands of views for a small investment compared to shows at clubs that can run up costs very quickly. Photo: Youtube/Boiler Room

    Can online radio save underground music in Hong Kong?

    - Jan 30, 2018 9:58am
    During my university days I was a DJ on radio, playing punk music from 2am to 4am on Tuesdays, with a listenership that hardly existed (sometimes friends would call in out of sympathy). At the time...
  • SynBOX in Hung Hom is one of the facilities that offer co-living space in Hong Kong. Photo: SynBOX

    Move over co-working, co-living is the next big thing in HK

    - Jan 23, 2018 6:00am
    In a previous life working in property management, I was part of a team responsible for moving corporate guys from their fixed desks into open-plan offices. The grief of learning that they would have to give...

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