24 May 2019

Erwin Huang

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation Chairman
  • It is wrong to assume that slashies are those who cannot find a full-time job, or people who are lazy and don’t bother take up full-time work. Representational image: Bloomberg

    Making the most out of a ‘slashie’ lifestyle

    - May 20, 2019 10:30am
    In recent years, we have seen the so-called slash lifestyle coming to the fore among the younger generation as the millennials seek multi-faceted career paths. People with slash careers are those having multiple income streams simultaneously...
  • Finland's educational institutions have won acclaim for their student entrepreneurship programs. Photo: Bloomberg

    How Finland’s education system inspires the DreamStarter project

    - May 14, 2019 11:43am
    I was in Sweden recently to share some insights on the DreamStarter project. Inspired by Finland’s education policy, DreamStarter has achieved a lot in Hong Kong. DreamStarter is a community initiative that makes dream projects initiated...
  • Most people are still very healthy at age 60. Some actually find their health conditions deteriorate after they stopped working. Photo: Freepik

    How to live a 120-year life

    - May 6, 2019 10:24am
    An average person usually retires at around 60, after working for around 40 years. But the human lifespan is becoming longer, and it’s no longer a dream to live till 120, with new technologies that help...
  • AI-based methods have emerged as powerful tools to transform medical care. Photo: Reuters

    How AI can transform the medical care system

    - Apr 29, 2019 9:57am
    Artificial Intelligence (AI) already outperforms junior pediatricians in diagnosing common child diseases, according to a study published by Nature Medicine. The conclusion is quite reasonable. Young doctors need to spend years to accumulate experience, while machines...
  • Social media platforms and mobile apps can precisely deliver information to targeted consumers. Photo: Reuters

    The new rules of the marketing game

    - Apr 15, 2019 9:34am
    Hong Kong’s main free-to-air television broadcaster Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) saw its share price tumble to a 20-year low after it issued a profit warning. Free-to-air television used to be the most powerful media in the...
  • Robotic recruiters are only interested in knowing to what extent your professional skills match the position. Photo: Reuters

    How to win over a robot recruiter

    - Apr 10, 2019 10:48am
    Have you ever heard of Science of Science? The subject refers to the study of all aspects of science and how it impacts society. One topic under Science of Science concerns the moral issues of artificial intelligence (AI)....
  • As media outlets contemplate digital paywalls, the question is whether readers, long used to free information, would be willing to pay for their content. Photo: Bloomberg

    Will HK readers be willing to pay for online information?

    - Mar 18, 2019 10:50am
    Apple Daily announced recently that readers will need to register to gain access to its online version. But they will continue to enjoy free content, it said. The media group did not elaborate on its plans,...
  • Sea Hero Quest, developed by British firm Glitchers in  2016, is a game designed to help the global research of dementia. Photo:

    How games can help elderly fight dementia

    - Mar 11, 2019 10:18am
    Official data shows that five to eight out of every 100 people above 65 are suffering from dementia in Hong Kong. Nearly 20 to 30 percent of those above 80 are dementia patients. Dementia is the...
  • Features such as high-speed transmission will help 5G open up a wide range of applications. Photo: Reuters

    Some potential early applications of 5G

    - Mar 4, 2019 12:49pm
    The fifth-generation of mobile communications technology has features like high-speed transmission and super-quick response times. It can also connect a great number of devices at the same time. It’s widely believed that these features will help 5G...
  • 5G will be the main theme at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona this week. Photo: Xinhua

    How 5G technology can transform our lives

    - Feb 25, 2019 12:34pm
    The Mobile World Congress trade show will kick off in Barcelona on Monday. The mobile industry’s biggest annual event will showcase the latest innovations and leading-edge technologies. This year, 5G wireless telecom technology will be a...
  • Spread-it and Cloudbreakr leverage the popularity of social media platforms to grow their businesses. Photo: Spread-it/ Cloudbreakr/Facebook

    How to start a business with little investment in the data era

    - Feb 18, 2019 12:36pm
    Hong Kong rents are the highest in the world, and this has discouraged many young people from starting their own businesses. But thanks to big data and artificial intelligence, it’s now possible for entrepreneurs to make...
  • Singapore set up the National Research Foundation in 2006 to study and plan its innovation policy. Photo: National Research Foundation

    Government plays key role in promoting use of big data

    - Feb 4, 2019 10:23am
    Big data has great potentials, and in promoting its use, the government has a key role to play. In Asian countries known for innovation such as Japan, Singapore and Taiwan, the government always takes the lead....
  • The once-in-a-decade census and the twice-a-decade population by-census are two major sources of government data.  Photo:

    Upcoming budget should offer more data in user-friendly format

    - Jan 28, 2019 10:51am
    The Census and Statistics Department said it will undertake a once-in-a-decade census in 2021. The census, the biggest source of government data, will collect information on population, education, economy, housing, and many other facets of Hong Kong....
  • 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:

    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...

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