I couldn’t resist a wry smile at the doomsday predictions of a future AI jobs apocalypse from the Bank of England’s Chief Economist yesterday after listening to senior Chinese government officials and university professors wax lyrical about the benefits of the future AI society at our China Children’s Computer Contest.
A fun day at the China Children’s Computer Contest talking with the students and watching them grapple with the mysteries of AI technology! Some of them had come from as far away as the western province of Xinjiang and taken 40-hour train journeys to attend the event. I decided not to bore them with my own tales of long-distance rail and bus journeys when I was studying in China in the 1980s. I suspect that my experiences are a lot more fun in retrospect than they were at the time.
An intense start to this year’s China Children’s Computer Contest sponsored by VIA and HTC. Today the venue moves to the gymnasium at Beihang University for the maker segment of the event.
Another perfect summer evening stroll, this time after over-indulging in the sweetest and tenderest ribs of lamb that I can ever recall eating at the Xibei Youmiancun Restaurant (西贝莜面村) in Wudaokou.
Always a pleasure to be back in Beijing. Yesterday, I enjoyed a perfect summer evening strolling around the Wudaokou neighborhood and soaking in the atmosphere. A good job I had no need to brave the rush-hour subway. People Mountain, People Sea!
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How can facial recognition technology improve education? This is the question we asked our summer marketing interns to investigate over the past week.
I’m back in Taipei after a week in Fremont. Sadly, I’ve made no progress in my search for a cure for jet lag. No doubt the quest will go on and on…
I wish some bright startup would come up with a cure for jet lag. Or an established pharmaceutical giant for that matter. I don’t really care which. I’d be more than happy to pay a premium for one. The older you get, the tougher it is to adjust to major changes in time zones no matter how carefully you prepare for it. Fremont isn’t at its best at four o’clock in the morning…
One of the best ways of deepening your understanding of China is to read the Book of Changes. There are plenty of excellent English-language translations and commentaries available, so language is no barrier. My favorites include “I Ching: The Essential Translation of the Ancient Chinese Oracle and Book of Wisdom” by John Minford, “The Living I Ching: Using Ancient Chinese Wisdom to Shape Your Life” by Ming-Dao Deng, and “The I Ching, or, Book of Changes,” by Richard Wilhelm.