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
A hot and noisy (熱鬧/rènào) atmosphere in my local neighborhood street markets this morning as people made their last-minute purchases in preparation for this evening’s Chinese New Year Eve feast. Plenty of fresh and succulent meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit to choose from in the busy stalls!
Continue reading Chinese New Year: an uncertain future for Taipei’s street markets
I’ve swapped the stark fenland fields for the grey skies of Taipei. At least it’s a little warmer here.
Continue reading The grey skies of Taipei
The awesome lamb hot pot notwithstanding, I can’t say I’m too sorry to have swapped the biting wind of Beijing for the more benevolent climes of Taipei.
Continue reading Taiwan E-Gate: automation done right
One of the most daunting challenges of introducing a Universal Basic Income is figuring out how to fund it. If millions of people are going to be thrown out of work by automation and AI, government budgets will already be hit by the double-whammy of a precipitous decline in tax revenues caused by a dramatic rise in unemployment combined with a huge increase in expenditures to cover the resulting additional welfare costs. Where would the money come from to fund such a significant new initiative at the same time? Continue reading Robots and taxes: how to fund the universal basic income?
When I was in Beijing last week, I discovered that I was running out of storage space on my phone and asked a colleague where I should go and buy an SD card to boost the device’s capacity. Continue reading Fourth Industrial Revolution: street-level disruptions
I always used to go to the US to get a glimpse of the future, but these days China serves this purpose just as well – particularly when it comes to the development of automated O2O (online to offline/offline to online) systems and services. Continue reading Smart China O2O automation