With the fossil fuel industry facing daunting global challenges and governments worldwide rethinking their carbon footprints, alternative and renewable energies have had an unexpected spotlight moment during the 2020 pandemic. On the one hand, many gas and oil conglomerates have seen their global market gains depleted by reduced economic activity worldwide, as well as international […]
It’s a lot more exciting to discuss how AI can continue to support human development and advancement, rather than how robots are going take over the world. At the same time however, we must admit that technology is advancing at a rate that is difficult for society to keep up with, and as we move forward, the synergy between man and machine requires careful planning.
Shenzhen is a city that truly symbolizes innovation. From its designation as China’s first Special Economic Zone in 1980, it has miraculously developed from being a small fishing village of 30,000 people into the technology and manufacturing hub of the world; a roaring metropolis of 14 million people, each hoping to find the Chinese dream.
Translation has been around for a long time—almost as long as written language has been. And up until the middle of the 20th century, when the first machine translations began, all translations were carried out by humans alone. Today, a wealth of translation tools are available, from fully-automated machine translation software to websites, systems, and […]
For millennials, it’s hard to remember a time when machines weren’t already doing the jobs of humans. After all, almost every daily activity is automated these days; we use machines to withdraw money, buy train tickets, and scan groceries. Machines even answer our queries on the phone, as well as assemble our cars. As a result, […]
At a recent event this summer in London, I was fortunate enough to be in the audience to hear former US President Bill Clinton speak. He suggested that the multi-polar world is facing an unprecedented set of challenges, partly because of its interconnectivity.
We only need to go back 300 years to see how the Industrial Revolution helped shape the man-machine economy. Since then, technology has continued to evolve, constantly reshaping and retooling society with innovative discoveries. From the introduction of the assembly line to the emergence of Uber and AirBnB platforms, it is fair to say that […]
For a few years now, technology and business journalists have been boasting about Shenzhen, proclaiming the erstwhile sleepy fishing village to be the Silicon Valley of the Orient. This bombastic designation, however, overlooks the nuances that define these two distinct centers of technological and commercial innovation. In order to appreciate the very individual natures of […]