19 May 2019


  • A child interacts with a robot at the World Robot Conference in Beijing in August 2018. AI may replace top-down and spoon-fed coaching, but other models of teaching, particularly those that emphasize human touch, will remain in demand. Photo: CNSA

    Why it’s hard for AI machines to replace kindergarten teachers

    - May 14, 2019 6:29pm
    I had mentioned multiple times previously in this column about the possible implications of the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), and the resulting “Industrial Revolution 4.0”, for the job market. Like I said in the past,...
  • Taiwan has used smart city solutions to improve the quality of life on the island. Photo: AFP

    How Taiwan exports its smart city services

    - May 14, 2019 4:32pm
    Smart city developments offer huge business opportunities. By 2022, according to research institute IDC, the Asia-Pacific region will be the main driving area in the development of smart cities, with spending reaching above US$60 billion, or...
  • US-China relations remain just as tense as it was 20 years ago. Photo: AFP

    US, China sink deeper into the Thucydides Trap

    - May 14, 2019 1:16pm
    Twenty years ago on May 8, the Chinese embassy in the former Yugoslavia in Belgrade was struck by five guided bombs dropped by a US bomber, leaving three dead and more than 20 injured. Then US...
  • With the support of its central bank, Sweden is moving rapidly toward a cashless society. Photo: Reuters

    Toward a cashless society: A Swedish example

    - May 14, 2019 11:42am
    Despite Hong Kong’s claim as an international, cosmopolitan society, there have been complaints from the tourism sector that the city is lagging behind in technology. For one thing, Hongkongers seem to be not that interested in...
  • The moon has somehow managed to remain tectonically active after 4.51 billion years, researchers said. Photo: Xinhua

    Moon is shrinking, shaking with quakes

    May 14, 2019 8:04am
    The moon may be dynamic and tectonically active like Earth – not the inert world some scientists had believed it to be – based on a new analysis disclosed of quakes measured by seismometers in operation...
  • Doris Day is shown at left with Frank Sinatra and Lauren Bacall. Photo: Las Vegas News Bureau/ US Library of Congress/ Handouts via Reuters

    Doris Day, Hollywood star of the 1950s and ’60s, dies at 97

    May 14, 2019 7:48am
    Actress Doris Day, who became one of the greatest box-office attractions of her time as the cheery, freckle-faced personification of wholesomeness, died on Monday at the age of 97. Day, who co-starred with 1950s and ‘60s...
  • US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet again at a G20 summit in late June. Photo: AFP

    Trump to meet Xi after China slaps US with new tariffs

    May 14, 2019 7:36am
    US President Donald Trump said he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next month, as the trade war between the world’s two largest economies intensified, Reuters reports. Earlier, China announced it would impose higher tariffs...
  • French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel converse during an informal meeting of European Union leaders in Sibiu, Romania, on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    More or less Europe?

    - May 10, 2019 11:05am
    On May 23-26, voters across the European Union will go to the polls to elect members of the European Parliament. Much will be at stake. “Never, since World War II, has Europe been as essential,” French...
  • Patrick Shanahan has been acting defense secretary since January, the longest in Pentagon history. Photo: Reuters

    Trump picks ex-Boeing executive Shanahan as defense secretary

    May 10, 2019 8:08am
    US President Donald Trump plans to nominate Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing Co. executive, as his defense secretary, breaking with tradition by choosing someone who made a career at a top defense company as Pentagon chief,...
  • Vice Premier Liu He shakes hands with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (partly hidden) outside the USTR office in Washington on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump eyes more China tariffs as make-or-break trade talks start

    May 10, 2019 7:49am
    US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was taking steps to authorize new tariffs on US$325 billion in Chinese imports as officials began last-ditch talks to avert an escalation of a trade war that threatens...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the army “strike drill”, according to the state news agency. Photo: KCNA via Reuters

    North Korea fires more missiles, US seizes ship over sanctions

    May 10, 2019 7:34am
    North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles on Thursday in its second such test in less than a week, and the United States said it had seized a North Korean cargo ship as...
  • A US guided missile destroyer, the USS William P. Lawrence, participated in the joint naval drills. Photo: US Navy

    US, Japan, India, Philippines hold naval drills in S China Sea

    May 9, 2019 6:21pm
    In a fresh show of naval force in the contested South China Sea, a US guided missile destroyer conducted drills with a Japanese aircraft carrier, two Indian naval ships and a Philippine patrol vessel in the...
  • A hundred years since the May Fourth Movement, China has witnessed remarkable achievements in its technological development, thanks to the country’s rapid economic growth over the past four decades.  Photo: Xinhua

    Mixed feelings about the centenary of the May 4th Movement

    - May 9, 2019 6:04pm
    Last Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement. It was also on April 27 that the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation drew to a close in Beijing, during which President Xi Jinping...
  • US President Donald Trump warned China on Wednesday that it was mistaken if it hoped to delay a trade deal until a Democrat controlled the White House. Photo: Reuters

    Trump says Beijing ‘broke’ trade talks deal

    May 9, 2019 4:24pm
    US President Donald Trump said China “broke the deal” it had reached in trade talks with the United States, and vowed not to back down on imposing new tariffs on Chinese imports unless Beijing “stops cheating...
  • Singapore says it is vulnerable to fake news because of its position as a global financial hub, its mixed ethnic and religious population and widespread internet access. Photo: AFP

    Singapore’s fake news law may hurt innovation: Google

    May 9, 2019 1:03pm
    Google said on Thursday an anti-fake news law passed by Singapore’s parliament could stunt innovation, a quality that the city-state wants to nurture under plans to expand its tech industry, Reuters reports. Singapore’s parliament on Wednesday...
  • North Korean military conducts a "strike drill" for multiple launchers and a tactical guided weapon into the East Sea during a military drill in North Korea on Saturday. Photo: KCNA via Reuters

    N Korea rocket drill ‘regular and self-defensive’: KCNA

    May 9, 2019 8:02am
    North Korea’s “strike drill” last week at which leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the launch of rockets and at least one short-range ballistic missile was “regular and self-defensive”, the country’s foreign ministry said. “The recent drill conducted...
  • China had reportedly backtracked on almost all aspects of a draft trade agreement. Photo: Bloomberg

    Trump ‘happy’ to keep tariffs, Beijing prepares for retaliation

    May 9, 2019 7:57am
    US President Donald Trump said he would be happy to keep tariffs on Chinese imports as the two countries prepare for new talks to try to rescue a faltering trade deal amid a sharp increase in...
  • Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, appear with their baby son before media during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, Britain, on Wednesday. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS

    Archie: Prince Harry and Meghan name their ‘bundle of joy’

    May 9, 2019 7:34am
    Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan said they have named their newborn son Archie as they showed him off to the world, saying their “little bundle of joy” is magic. In a post on their...
  • The latest addition to the British royal family: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Photo: Reuters

    Latest British royal named after US comic book character?

    May 9, 2019 7:33am
    Archie, the red-headed comic book character? Or Archie Bunker, American television’s bad-tempered bigot from the 1970s? The choice of Archie as the name for Britain’s newest royal baby sent social media into a tailspin on Wednesday...
  • Washington appears to have enough cards up its sleeve to force Beijing into submission. Photo: AFP

    What is really behind Trump’s latest trade blitz?

    - May 8, 2019 5:54pm
    Just as the entire world is under the bullish impression that the United States and China are already entering the home stretch of their trade talks, US President Donald Trump suddenly tweeted on Sunday that he...

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