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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

VIA Edge AI systems unveiled in Shanghai at China International Industry Fair

VIA Edge AI Systems

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

When the travel gods smile on you

Taipei Songshan Airport

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.

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From Shanghai to Hangzhou: China International Industry Fair and Alibaba Empower Digital China

VIA ARTiGO A920

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.

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China coffee market: the quest for novel experiential offerings

Alibaba have published an interesting overview of the Chinese coffee market on their Alizila website, even if it somehow neglects to mention the potential impact of emerging local players such as Luckin.

The key takeaway for me wasn’t so much the big numbers that the report throws around, but the two key consumption trends that it identifies: namely, the move to “premium artisan products” and the quest for “novel experiences.”

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An excursion to Guandu

Taiwan weather news

I’m glad that I managed to get back home from an afternoon excursion to Guandu before a big thunderstorm hit the city. Compared to southern Taiwan, Taipei has got off reasonably lightly during the recent spate of monsoon rains, but the one we had today seems to have tested the limits of the city’s drainage system– though perhaps not quite a severely as the intrepid reporters the TV stations send out into the streets might want us to believe!

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