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
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! 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!
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
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
I’m greatly enjoying Kai-fu Lee’s new book AI Superpowers, even if his Gladiators in the Coliseum metaphor gets a little wearing after a while. Continue reading AI Superpowers: shifting the cultural zeitgeist
The China International Industry Fair held in Shanghai last week provided us with the perfect opportunity to unveil our new family of VIA Edge AI systems powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon 820E Embedded Platform that we are rolling out in Q4 this year. Continue reading VIA Edge AI systems unveiled in Shanghai at China International Industry Fair
It’s good to be back to Taipei in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival after an intense week in Shanghai and Hangzhou at the China International Industry Fair and Empower Digital China in Hangzhou.
Continue reading Boarding the AI Train from Shanghai to Hangzhou
If you’re flying from Taipei to a major city in China, Japan, or South Korea, Songshan Airport is far closer and more convenient than the main one in Taoyuan. The check-in, security, and immigration processes usually take me less than fifteen minutes thanks to the lower number of flights that go from there and the cheerful and friendly staff.
Continue reading When the travel gods smile on you
I’m looking forward to leaving for Shanghai tomorrow to attend the China International Industry Fair at the National Exhibition and Convention Center before hopping over to Hangzhou for Empower Digital China being held by Alibaba.
Continue reading From Shanghai to Hangzhou: China International Industry Fair and Alibaba Empower Digital China