Date
24 January 2019

Erwin Huang

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation Chairman
  • Like in the popular video-game SimCity, one can build a smart city by harnessing the powers of data science, which enables designs to be tested through computer simulation. Photo: ea.com

    From SimCity to smart city

    - Jan 18, 2019 6:10pm
    SimCity, a popular city-building video game, will mark its 30th anniversary this year. In the game, players scramble to build their ideal cities, but no matter how much effort you put into designing a virtual city, chances...
  • Based on research that used big data, the government is now regularly conducting subsidized screening of residents with high risk for colorectal cancer. Photo: Xinhua/CHP

    Building a healthier Hong Kong with big data

    - Jan 14, 2019 12:09pm
    In statistics, if one has a sample size that is large enough, one can make an estimation with a certain degree of accuracy. When I was a student, a sample of a few thousand cases was...
  • Photo: Reuters

    Why people still prefer PC for work

    - Jan 7, 2019 10:13am
    Apple ran a commercial last year in which a kid with an iPad asks, “What’s a computer?” As the first to come up with the term “Post-PC era”, Apple is obviously aiming to replace personal computers...
  • Many ebooks in Kindle have audio versions, which is useful for people while at the wheel. Photo: Reuters

    How technology helps us read more and faster

    - Dec 31, 2018 10:48am
    The other day I ran into Steven Lam, the founder of GoGoVan, Hong Kong’s first “unicorn” start-up. Lam splits his time between Hong Kong and Beijing. He joked that now he has more time to read...
  • By pursuing the so-called slash-career path, young people will be able to experiment, find direction and hone different skills. Photo: Freepik

    ‘Slash career’ isn’t just taking up multiple part-time jobs

    - Dec 24, 2018 10:29am
    A growing number of young people now say they are bored with one single job, and hence they are taking up multiple jobs. But such thing doesn’t mean they are necessarily adopting a so-called slash career....
  • In the T-Model approach to learning, the vertical bar on the T represents the depth of a certain skill and expertise in a single field, while the horizontal bar marks the ability to collaborate across disciplines. Photo: Freepik

    The beauty of T-Model learning

    - Dec 17, 2018 11:39am
    Students are often overwhelmed by too many subject choices and don’t really know which one they should pick when they go to college. I believe the so-called T-Model is the best approach to learning. The vertical...
  • Wing Chun kung fu teaches students the importance of getting rid of old thinking and embracing new ideas. Photo: Xinhua

    How Wing Chun inspired me to unlearn old ideas, embrace new ones

    - Dec 10, 2018 10:35am
    A friend of mine quit his high-paying job as chief operating officer of a company more than a decade ago to help his kung fu master run a martial arts club. He was already a Wing...
  • It is said that a new product can be created in Shenzhen in one week. Photo: Xinhua

    In Shenzhen tech world, speed is everything

    - Dec 3, 2018 11:27am
    Shenzhen has witnessed the birth of many new technologies and is home to the China headquarters of many multinational firms. At the same time, it is also a knockoff hub where lots of people have made...
  • HAX is an early-stage investor dedicated to accelerating hardware startups. It is based in Shenzhen and San Francisco. Photo: HAX

    Shenzhen: tech knockoff hub or China’s Silicon Valley?

    - Nov 26, 2018 3:47pm
    Recently I took my students at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to an incubation center in Shenzhen to explore the developments in our neighboring city. Known as China’s Silicon Valley of hardware, Shenzhen has...
  • A smart watch that measures the wearer’s heartbeat throughout the day can be of great value. Photo: AFP

    Medical potential of wearable devices must not be belittled

    - Nov 12, 2018 10:36am
    Apple Watch’s ECG app monitors your heart and alerts you when there are irregularities. The technology has already been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). I think this function is very useful, especially...
  • Today's education must be able to equip our children with the knowledge and skills they need for the future. Photo: Freepik

    Education for the future: our children need a new set of skills

    - Nov 5, 2018 11:08am
    The current education system is not much different from what it was a century ago, centering on teachers. Classes are focused on teaching knowledge. But can this traditional approach keep up with the demands of society,...
  • Airbnb offers customers the chance to experience the local milieu through such options as classes and hikes led by locals. Photo: Reuters

    Experiential consumption is the new way to go

    - Oct 22, 2018 10:42am
    Company leaders willing to adapt quickly to market changes are those who best exemplify what entrepreneurship means. The market has seen many innovative firms repackaging their products and improving customer experience to cater to customer needs. For example,...
  • Customer-centricity is the concept that lies at the core of smart industry. Photo: China News

    Three key elements of smart industry

    - Oct 15, 2018 11:11am
    In the digital era of the 21st Century, accelerated development of smart industry will give rise to new industry clusters one after another and change the value chains in different sectors. Smart industry is not about...
  • A growing number of human jobs are being taken over by machines. Photo: Reuters

    Getting prepared for AI future

    - Oct 2, 2018 11:58am
    Two new books about artificial intelligence (AI) came out recently. One is Lee Kai-Fu’s AI Superpowers, which discusses what this technological revolution means for everyone, and China’s potential to win in the AI era. The other...
  • Influencer marketing has gained ground in recent years, but it comes with some problems. Photo: Bloomberg

    What KOLs need to bear in mind

    - Sep 24, 2018 10:29am
    It’s common nowadays for people to search for the social media postings of the so-called KOLs (key opinion leaders) or influencers they follow to get advice on anything from travel, to shopping, to video games, workout...
  • Instagram, Meituan and other apps have become popular thanks to the selfie boom. Photo: Freepik

    Self-identity and the selfie boom

    - Sep 17, 2018 11:46am
    In each generation, people seek to outline their self-identity in different ways. In the current smartphone age, we find youngsters often making use of selfies to express themselves. Cameras were designed to take photos for others...
  • Authorities in China have begun deploying advanced technologies in the fight against mosquitoes, but Hong Kong is lagging on this front. Photo: China Daily

    Applying new technologies for mosquito control

    - Aug 27, 2018 9:42am
    What’s the most dangerous creature in the world? Some might say it’s lion or tiger. But if you ask Hongkongers now, they may probably pick mosquitoes, given the dengue fever outbreak in the city. Yellow Fever,...
  • App Store has dismantled the long-time dominance of telecom operators, leading to an era of price cuts and unlimited data usage. Photo: Bloomberg

    How App Store changed the software industry

    - Aug 20, 2018 12:54pm
    Apple’s founder Steve Jobs said: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to...
  • Companies should encourage employees to step out of their comfort zone in order to test ideas and introduce innovations. Photo: Freepik

    How can a company stay relevant amid rapid changes?

    - Aug 13, 2018 8:09am
    One can’t win all the time in the business world. There are plenty of companies that faded away because they could not keep up with the changes. The last time I shared some advice from David Rowan,...
  • Be it fintech or healthcare, technology has to connect and collaborate in a broad ecosystem for long-term gains. Photo: Reuters

    Tech startups: Services, ecosystem hold the key

    - Aug 6, 2018 11:40am
    David Rowan, former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine’s UK edition, delivered a speech at the Digital Innovation Forum 2018 in Taiwan last month. During his address, Rowan shared a number of key points for new start-ups. For...

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