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Happy Lunar New Year of the Ox!

Happy Lunar New Year of the ox

Happy Lunar New Year of the Ox! Let’s hope that it proves to be at least a tad more auspicious than the Year of the Rat.

I turned to the Yi Jing (Book of Changes) for some guidance for the year ahead. My reading came up with Hexagram 41, signifying sun and decrease. The hexagram combines a lake on the bottom and a mountain on the top. It cautions you to rein in your ego and restrain your desires in order to bring a sense of equilibrium to your life: that calm and peaceful place where the two contrasting elements meet. Continue reading Happy Lunar New Year of the Ox!

Notes from the field: process improvements versus arbitrary outcomes

process improvements

Thanks to a couple of glasses of Swedish elderberry cider on Friday evening, I hit the Four Beasts trail an hour later than normal this morning. Talk about living on the edge! During the ascent, I ran into a hiker I hadn’t seen in a while who remarked on how much weight I’d lost since she last saw me. When I responded that I’d lost a little, she insisted that it had been a lot.

As much as I appreciated the compliment, I found myself wondering how overweight I’d been when I first started venturing out into the hills. Although I’d known that I could do with shedding a couple of pounds, I hadn’t seen it as a major problem. I certainly hadn’t considered it serious enough to track my weight as part of my exercise program. Continue reading Notes from the field: process improvements versus arbitrary outcomes

Notes from the field: a hectic start to the year!

hectic start

A hectic start to the year! Many of the projects we have been quietly working on over the past couple of years are finally ready for prime time.

Take the strategic agreement we recently signed with King Long, one of the leading bus manufacturers in the world, as an example. We are very excited to be teaming up with them on the development of 5G passenger and commercial applications. The potential is huge, not just in China but throughout the world. Continue reading Notes from the field: a hectic start to the year!

Notes from the field: throwing off my AirPod shackles

Airpod shackles

When I first began hiking the trails of the Four Beasts, I generally wore my trusty AirPods to listen to podcasts and audio books. Nowadays, I don’t even bother to bring them with me because I have come to prefer taking in the sounds of the birds and animals in the surrounding bushes and trees. What a difference a year makes!

Looking back, I suspect that one of the reasons I kept my AirPods on was to shield myself from the unfamiliar physical grind of slogging up step after concrete step. I also view it as a sign that I was not quite mentally ready to embrace the challenge. It was only as I became more confident in my fitness and strength that I was able to throw off my AirPod shackles so to speak and open myself up to the full experience of simply being on the mountainside. Continue reading Notes from the field: throwing off my AirPod shackles

Notes from the field: a happy and healthy new year!

happy and healthy new year

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year! Let’s hope that 2021 turns out to be better than 2020.

If there is one thing we should have learned from last year, it is the importance of taking much greater control of our personal wellbeing. Regular exercise and a balanced diet are essential for remaining healthy. We cannot rely on overburdened medical services and miracle vaccines to get everything back to some resemblance of normal. Although they can help mitigate the impact of viruses like Covid-19, not even the greatest doctors and drugs can do much to resolve underlying problems such as growing levels of obesity across the world. Continue reading Notes from the field: a happy and healthy new year!

notes from the field: preparing for nasty surprises

nasty surprises

Cooler again on the Four Beasts this morning. Fresher, too, thanks to the overnight rain, though that meant a few slippery spots to negotiate on the way down. A timely reminder that no matter how well you think you know something, you must never become complacent. There will always be nasty surprises somewhere along the way.

The same rule applies of course to all aspects of life. Just as you think everything is going fine, an unexpected problem or issue occurs that even the most sophisticated AI prediction tools didn’t see coming. The key is to be able to pick yourself up from any setback as quickly as possible rather than wallowing in the unfairness of it all. Continue reading notes from the field: preparing for nasty surprises

Cherry blossoms and unmanned delivery vehicles

cherry blossoms

I’m back in Shanghai for the first time since the start of the Lunar New Year. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and the cherry blossoms are blooming. Who needs springtime in Paris?

I’m here to take part in the 9th China International New Energy and Intelligence Vehicle Forum (NEV China 2019), which takes place tomorrow and Wednesday. At the event we will be talking about our future development plans for VIA Mobile360 autonomous driving platforms, not to mention demonstrating the “Little Lion” unmanned delivery vehicle from our partner Aisimba featuring our technology. Continue reading Cherry blossoms and unmanned delivery vehicles

Happy Lunar New Year of the Pig!

Lunar New Year of the Pig

Happy Lunar New Year of the Pig! A fond farewell to the Year of the Dog as well – which I have no doubt will go down in the annals of the tech industry as an inflection point marking the end of the incredible growth of the smart phone and the transition to…

To what exactly? Perhaps the driverless car, though there are growing doubts as to when or even if that will ever happen. Or, more likely, a period of experimentation as the industry tries to figure out what the next blockbuster device will be – assuming of course one exists. Continue reading Happy Lunar New Year of the Pig!

Bracing walks in the crisp country air

bracing walks

There’s nothing like a few bracing walks in the crisp country air to clear the cobwebs out of your mind and build up some perspective on the developments of the past year. At least that’s what I’ve found myself doing during my daily peregrinations along the rutted paths of the fenscape.

Not surprisingly given the speed with which it has replaced IoT as the high-tech buzzword du jour, the subject of AI has been prominent in my thoughts. Are we really moving towards the long-predicted singularity in which the machines take charge and destroy humanity or are we going to harness this technology to help us solve the great challenges of our time such as climate change? Continue reading Bracing walks in the crisp country air

Magical and mystical Longhushan: Part 1

magical and mystical longhushan

One of the great benefits of China’s High Speed Train network is that it makes it so much easier to visit places that not so many years ago were a long way off the beaten track.

After three hectic days at the 2018 World Conference on VR Industry in Nanchang (南昌), it was a huge pleasure to be able to wind down by taking the short train ride to Yingtan (鹰潭) and head out to Longhushan (龙虎山/Dragon Tiger Mountain), one of the birthplaces of Daoism. Continue reading Magical and mystical Longhushan: Part 1