When a friend died and there was no one to take care of his funeral, he said: “Let me look after it.”
Ritual is a form of automation. It provides you with the script and stage directions to follow when carrying out interpersonal interactions such as meeting another person or attending an event or religious ceremony. Memorizing and internalizing these conventions enables you to get through your day much more smoothly because you don’t have to think about how to behave or what to say in most common situations. In most cultures, for example, when you meet someone for the first time, you automatically shake their hand. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: beyond the ritual script
Glorious fall weather in Taipei to mark the double tenth holiday! It was absolutely beautiful when I took a leisurely hike along the trails skirting Tiger Mountain.
Along the way, I came across a hillside temple readying itself for what looks set to be a huge celebration. Tables inside the main structure and courtyard were festooned with offerings of bottles of booze, packages of food, and even toy cars to make the ancestors more comfortable. Continue reading Notes from the field: the more things change the more they stay the same
It’s great to be back in Kyoto for my third visit to the STS Forum! I came down from Tokyo on the Bullet Train this morning after attending our VIA Focus Day for our Japan channel partners yesterday.
One of the key messages delivered by our GM, Epan Wu, at the event was the focus we are placing on delivering solutions that use AI-IoT, computer vision, and edge-to cloud technologies to boost vehicle and operational safety. Two of the most recent platforms we have created this year are the VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety Kit for logistics and warehouse deployments and the VIA Mobile360 Mining Kit for harsh environments. Continue reading Notes from the field: AI-IoT at VIA Focus Day in Tokyo
VIA recently returned to Shanghai for the China International Industry Fair 2019 (CIIF 2019), where we showcased our latest transportation, industrial, and smart city solutions. The headline act was the VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety Kit – a highly-customizable computer vision system designed to reduce accidents and fatalities in warehouses and shop floors. Other highlights included the VIA Mobile360 D700 Drive Recorder and the latest VIA Smart Facial Recognition system. Continue reading Notes from the field: VIA showcases safety solutions at CIIF 2019
Confucius said: “If I was given a few more years, I would devote fifty to the study of the Book of Changes so that I may be free from serious mistakes.”
Change is the only constant in life. Better to embrace it rather than to fight it. That means observing what is happening around you very closely and using every tool you have at your disposal to figure out how to ride the ride the waves that are rising from the oceans below and withstand the storms that are looming in the skies above. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: The Book of Changes
Ji Kangzi asked: “Is Zilu fit for government office?” Confucius said: “Zilu is resolute. Why isn’t he fit for government office?” Ji Kangzi asked again: “Is Zigong fit for government office?” Confucius said: “Zigong is intelligent. Why isn’t he fit for government office?” Ji Kangzi asked again: “Is Ran Qiu fit to be appointed to government office?” Confucius said: “Ran Qiu has many talents. Why isn’t he fit for government office?” (1) (2) (3) (4)
Will recruitment ever become a fully-automated process? One in which your magical AI assistant already has the perfect candidate lined up for you even before you have decided to hire someone new. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: fit for government office?
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
Last Friday, I spent a highly enjoyable afternoon at the No. 80 High School of Beijing giving students from countries as diverse as Pakistan, Tunisia, Nigeria, and Serbia an introduction to the basics of AI. Continue reading Test-driving the Chuangzaoli driverless car kit
Confucius said: “A leader isn’t a mere utensil.”
How can I add value? This is the key question that you need to repeatedly ask yourself as you go about your daily work. As Confucius points out in this well-known passage, a leader is much more than a utensil or receptacle such as a cooking pot in the kitchen or a vessel on an altar. Your role is not to passively absorb information but to actively sift and share it with the members of your team so that they can develop their abilities more effectively. Continue reading Leadership lessons of Confucius: not a mere utensil
Confucius said: “Bringing new meaning to the old to understand the new makes you fit to be a teacher.”
As AI proliferates, it won’t just be blue-collar jobs like driving that will be replaced by algorithms that never sleep. White-collar positions in legal, accounting, finance, and other professions will also be under threat from super AIs that are way more efficient at specific tasks like sifting through mountains of documents at the speed of light. Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Confucius: creative and critical thinking