26 January 2020

Peter Sabine

EJI contributor
  • Youngsters join the global day of action to demand action on climate change. Photo: Reuters

    Generation Z: glued to their phones for social reform

    - Apr 12, 2019 4:02pm
    Kids, what do they know? If you only read certain segments of the media you might think the young generation are spoiled, entitled, and stuck on their phones. That’s what many people from older generations think....
  • The Endel algorithm promises to create several music albums per year, including a range of bespoke landscapes for listeners. Photo: iTunes

    The music deal of the future

    - Apr 2, 2019 12:29pm
    What is the future of the music industry? Streaming has taken over as the irrefutable leader although the likes of Taylor Swift have raged against streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Other products such...
  • Tech will play an even greater role in improving the passenger experience at airports in the years to come. Photo: HK Airport Authority

    Using tech for better airport design

    - Mar 6, 2019 4:49pm
    When looking at airport development, observers tend to focus on the hardware side of things, such as number of flights, speed of baggage arrival, passengers and runways. But the soft side of an airport is what...
  • Children enjoy riding the bike to produce energy for the portable sound system. Photo: Facebook

    The future of music is solar-powered

    - Feb 26, 2019 1:39pm
    SolarSoundSystem HK is a portable sound system powered by solar and kinetic energy, with two attached bikes which partygoers can use to generate energy, and see how much they are contributing to the fairly powerful sound...
  • DJs just want to share music with people, and an affordable licensing system would be the solution. Photo: Facebook

    Time for common sense in online streaming

    - Feb 4, 2019 11:56am
    The advent of streaming online was a godsend for many DJs and Hong Kong joined the worldwide craze over the last two years. While stations are still going strong in the city – Hong Kong Community...
  • The Green Queen site and app is a source for all things eco-friendly. Photo: Green Queen

    Can tech help with your green resolutions in 2019?

    - Jan 24, 2019 2:03pm
    How are those resolutions going? If you are like me, it would be a lie to say: “Particularly well”. We started 2019 with the best of intentions but ended up in the same place before the...
  • Actress Scarlett Johansson (inset), a victim of the so-called deepfake videos, has lamented that protecting oneself 'from the Internet and its depravity is basically a lost cause.’ Photos: Reuters

    The danger of ‘deepfakes’

    - Jan 4, 2019 4:20pm
    The 1987 film ‘The Running Man’ saw Arnold Schwarzenegger play an ex-cop who is framed for murder with the use of TV fakery technology. In a dystopian world of food shortages and economic collapse (set roughly...
  • Eric Jing, CEO of Ant Financial, speaks at a conference on Oct. 31 during the Hong Kong Fintech Week event. Photo: Bloomberg

    Some things we learnt from the FinTech Week

    - Nov 7, 2018 12:15pm
    The Hong Kong FinTech Week 2018 event, which concluded last Friday, outlined hope that financial technology has a future in this city. So what did we learn? Cryptocurrencies are finally being taken seriously in Hong Kong....
  • Lack of faith in global financial institutions post 2008 has fuelled a huge interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain, and where there’s a will, a way often emerges, notes Peter Sabine. Photo: Reuters

    HODL: A fool’s game or long-term vision?

    - Oct 18, 2018 5:14pm
    No, this is not some kind of weird spelling mistake. “HODL – Hold on for dear life” is a term that has kept investors going through hard times. If Winston Churchill was still alive (and invested...
  • ASMR technology creates a pleasant auditory environment that allows listeners to fall asleep easily. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Can ASMR help you overcome insomnia?

    - Oct 4, 2018 7:58am
    You toss and turn, wake up easily, and get up exhausted. Sometimes you just feel tired but can’t get to sleep. It’s frustrating: the angrier you become, the more you can’t sleep. It’s a cycle that...
  • The Weather Channel in the US deployed new technologies that helped its reports make much more interesting during Hurricane Florence. Photo: YouTube/Weather Channel

    Mixed immersive reality puts weather into perspective

    - Sep 20, 2018 10:55am
    Mangkhut may have been the strongest typhoon in Hong Kong in recent memory, but locals had to rely on pretty much the same resources as in the past for their weather information. Sure, there are a few new...
  • Increased prescriptions for opioid pain relievers have led to rising addiction levels. Photo: Bloomberg

    Tech offers help to fight opioid addiction

    - Sep 5, 2018 10:00am
    Surrounded by mountains and the sea, Vancouver can appear to be the perfect city. It’s shocking to find this image shattered by a drive along the city’s East Hastings Street – where hundreds of people are...
  • The opening of the West Kowloon Cultural District can provide a big boost to Cantonese opera. Photo:

    Technology to spur Cantonese opera revival

    - Aug 20, 2018 10:52am
    Cantonese opera is undoubtedly a part of the cultural landscape of Hong Kong. It’s on the streets, on TV, and in village performances, enriching the film, music and visual experiences in the city. But the art has...
  • 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...