The biggest Hong Kong bank, HSBC Holdings, is starting the New Year with a new chatbot. Chatbots are computer programs that typically use text-based live chat as an interface to carry out tasks for customers on behalf of the business. Now they are emerging as an inexpensive way to introduce artificial intelligence (AI) in banking. Even though they are practically machines, banks are trying to give their chatbots a human touch which is why HSBC named its newborn Amy. This is not the only bank form Hong Kong. Hang Seng Bank already has their virtual assistants named HARO and DORI. This move came as the city’s
UAE named world first Minister of Artificial Intelligence
Last year the UAE got a Minister of Happiness, and now, in another world first, the country has a Minister of Artificial Intelligence – an acknowledgement by the Emirates that these are the technologies that are going to change the world around us, and quickly. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, announced a full cabinet reshuffle today, and as part of that 27-year-old Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama has been announced as the Minister of AI. He said that the new Government is a Government for the new Emirati percentage whose goals is to develop knowledge, supporting science and research.
UAE: Boosting Government Performance With AI
The UAE Artificial Intelligence strategy was launched to boost government performance, the rate of accomplishing achievements. The Vice President has set out a new artificial intelligence drive that will one day affect “all our services, sectors and future infrastructure”. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, also the Ruler of Dubai, announced the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, a major initiative within the UAE Centennial 2070 objectives. The strategy will create a highly productive innovative environment by investing in advanced technologies and AI tools that will be implemented in all fields of work. Launching the strategy, Shaikh Mohammed said: “The UAE Centennial begins now, with the launch of
First Al Jazeera VR movie Debuts: “I Am Rohingya”
Contrast VR, Al Jazeera Media Network’s immersive studio, has completed its first VR documentary, “I Am Rohingya”. “I Am Rohingya” follows the story of a young woman, Jamalida, as she tells the persecution she faced in Myanmar and shows us her daily life now in a refugee camp in Bangladesh. “I want to talk to you,” she says, “I hope you can tell others my story.” Al Jazeera’s Contrast VR is doing just that with the release of “I Am Rohingya”. Jamalida’s love for dancing, passion for life, and inspiring resilience in the face of unthinkable adversity is the focus of the studio’s first virtual reality documentary. Directed
Cryptocurrencies and ICO Under Increasing Scrutiny While Stars Move In
Just a day after China raised the ban for ICOs all together, Hong Kong – the country that is a special administrative region of China – has voiced concern at the growth of ICO fundraising. “Those involved in an ICO need to be aware that some ICO structures may be subject to Hong Kong securities laws,” said Julia Leung of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) . She also clarified that the regulations don’t simply apply to Hong Kong-based companies holding ICOs, but any entity worldwide that sells tokens to individuals based in Hong Kong. Just for a reminder, this week China’s central bank, issued a statement criticizing ICOs
NSFW: Miss Nanai Moans in English
From the dawn of entertainment, the destiny of standards was often taken in hand by the Adult Entertainment industry. While frowned up in the West, several countries in the Far East have a much more relaxed attitude towards such forms of entertainment. That is probably due to the fact that they’re a highly regulated industry – more so than alcohol and tobacco, for example. Just like VHS, DVD and the online content streaming, adult entertainment is making inroads into Virtual Reality, with one of leading publishers launching their content in English. VRJCC is a Japan based indie group that produced “Let’s Play With Nanai!” claiming to
Vive X: Meet the $100 Million VR Accelerator
Even though it ‘still makes phones’, HTC is in the process of reinventing themselves. The company was the first of major technology companies to replace “Mobile First” with the “VR First” corporate approach, putting themselves in an advantageous position while the giants such as Samsung are slow to change their path, which we covered exclusively here. High Tech Computer Corporation, which is the full name of the company started its life as a computer manufacturer (HTC 1.0), quickly moving to the world of Windows Mobile PDA’s (anyone remembers Personal Digital Assistant craze of early 2000s?) and manufacturing brilliantly designed smartphones (HTC 2.0). HTC 3.0 is all about Virtual Reality, and the
100 PFLOPS: China’s Supercomputer Circumvents U.S. Sales Ban
A year ago, we revealed that the U.S. State Department blocked the further sales of Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi processors to Chinese institutions, most notably the Tianhe-2 supercomputer. The U.S. Administration also blocked the move in which a China-based investment fund would invest in AMD i.e. one of original reasons for Radeon Technologies Group – which is even without the said investment, performing above and beyond its financial capabilities. The reason to move against Tianhe-2 is complicated yet simple – ever since its debut in June 2013, the Tianhe-2 supercomputer from NUDT (National University for Defense Technologies) sits on top of the World’s 500 fastest computers list. From the looks of
Singapore’s Singtel Offers 10 Gbps Internet for $135
Considered one of world’s ex-pat havens, Singapore is actually a very nice place to live. Stable ‘always summer’ equatorial climate, people complain about humidity (but spend 99% of their time in AC environments) and get to enjoy very fast Internet speeds. I’ve been lucky to call Singapore as one of my places of residence and there’s no doubt it is one of most pleasant places in Asia, if not globally. Living in Singapore also gives you an interesting experience when it comes to Internet speeds. The Singapore government owns or co-owns all the telecoms, but that does not mean they will offer shabby service. Quite the opposite. Singapore telcos are seriously
ASUS Enterprise Road to Nowhere – Whither Taiwan IT Industry?
Taiwan IT industry, for a long time the leading among all Asian nations in terms of hardware manufacturing, has had its ups and downs over the decades. Does anyone still remember FIC (First International Computer), once the world’s leading mainboard maker? Or Elitegroup as the close second, while today’s leaders, Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI were far behind? Not many do… The gigantic Formosa Plastics consortium, which owned FIC, continued down the road with VIA Technologies and HTC, showing their love for three lettered acronyms. While these two still survive, the twisted sense of marketing and PR in these companies – one of the stones around their
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Asus starts another Computex by launching new wearables and tablets at the show in Taipei.
Computex 2015 Kicks Off Monday June 1, 2015 in Taipei
The PC hardware industry’s most important trade show starts this week in Taiwan.
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CES Asia Kicks Off in Shanghai
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Qihoo 360 Caught Cheating in Antivirus Testing
Qihoo caught swapping antivirus engines between consumer and benchmark versions.
First Persona 5 Screenshots Make Their Stylish Debut
PlayStation Japan introduces the first batch of screenshots for the new JRPG set in the landmark Shin Megami Tensei series.