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!
In terms of the I Ching, the facial recognition market is at the sprouting stage represented by Hexagram 3 (屯/zhūn). Having been invented in the mid-sixties, it’s only been in the past few years that the green shoots of the technology have started to push through the hard surface of the ground and emerge in the sunlight.
Mobile World Congress Shanghai was even bigger and brasher than CES Asia a couple of weeks before. Naturally, there was a much stronger focus on the latest and greatest smart phones at the show, but overall the main themes were pretty much the same. Yes, AI and AR are about to take over the world as the industry packs yet more hot new applications and features into their devices to fuel the upgrade cycle.
Hexagram 63 (既濟/jì jì) representing completion: an appropriate way to signal the end of my trip. After an interesting couple of weeks in Europe and the US, I can head home with my mission complete.
Happy New Year of the Dog! Rather than seek the advice of a fortune teller about what lies in store for me this year, I decided to see what the I Ching (易經) had to say.