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  • How blockchain can protect consumers from tainted food, knock-offs and fake news about the coronavirus
    by Stephany Zoo on February 26, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Fake baby milk formula, fish tainted with diesel and tofu made with sewage water – given the rampant product safety scandals in China that have swept headlines, it is no wonder Chinese consumers often distrust food and other consumables. This is made worse by the perception that Chinese consumer protection law has been slow to protect consumers’ rights. Changes to regulations in 2014 were the first major overhaul to the country’s consumer protection law in about two decades, requiring…

  • Chinese trials for Gilead’s antiviral drug to treat coronavirus still far from reaching patient recruitment goals
    by Coco Feng on February 21, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Clinical trials of an experimental antiviral drug said to “show promise” in treating the deadly coronavirus are still far from fulfilling patient recruitment targets more than two weeks in, raising questions about whether they can be completed within previously projected timelines.Double-blind trials of Gilead Sciences’ drug, remdesivir, are now taking place in 10 hospitals in Wuhan, vice-minister of science and technology Xu Nanping said at a press conference on Friday.Currently, the trials…

  • China’s e-commerce giants deploy robots to deliver orders amid coronavirus outbreak
    by Minghe Hu on February 20, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Chinese e-commerce giants are ramping up their deployment of robots to deliver orders in an effort to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus through human-to-human contact.Delivery app Meituan Dianping, which launched a “contactless delivery” initiative across China last month, said this week that it had started using autonomous vehicles to send grocery orders to customers in Shunyi district in Beijing, and was looking to launch similar robot delivery services in other districts in the…

  • Why smart cities should also be cybersecurity cities
    by Galina Antova on February 18, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Civic leaders around the world are looking to automate the infrastructures that make their cities run in a drive to reduce costs and cope with rising populations. From transit networks and utilities to refuse collection and street lighting, connecting services to the internet is proving an appealing prospect for those in charge of cities and large towns. In fact, UBS predicts that Asia’s smart city market could reach US$800 billion in 2025, leading the continent’s fourth industrial revolution…

  • Coronavirus: China’s chip makers proving resilient to supply chain shocks thanks to automation and clean room environments
    by Jane Zhang on February 14, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Every morning hundreds of professionals in Wuhan, epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, don protective masks and hazmat-style suits before they enter their workplace.They are not hospital workers treating patients infected with the virus that has killed more than 1,300 people in China so far. Rather, they work for Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (XMC) and Yangtze Memory Technologies Co. (YMTC), which operate hospital-style clean rooms designed to prevent microscopic particles from…

  • Data, entrepreneurial flair and government backing have helped China take a lead in AI, SCMP report says
    by Gareth Nicholson on February 12, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    The South China Morning Post this week launched its China AI Report 2020, which shows how government direction, access to data, robust funding and entrepreneurial zeal have all allowed China to take a lead in the deployment of artificial intelligence. The report examines how AI is being applied across a range of sectors including autonomous vehicles, finance, health care, retail, smart homes and manufacturing, among others. Aside from technology, it finds that data and talent are of critical…

  • Coronavirus: US start-up GenapSys says iPad-sized gene sequencer could help China contain outbreak
    by Tracy Qu on February 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    A Silicon Valley-based start-up is in talks with Chinese officials to help the country fight the spread of a deadly new coronavirus, which has taken 638 lives and infected more than 31,400 globally as of Friday. Biotech company GenapSys was contacted by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on January 29 to provide help fighting the epidemic, according to a spokesman. “GenapSys is still in early-stage discussion with the Chinese CDC on how to most effectively fight the…

  • Coronavirus forces postponement of business start-ups festival in Hong Kong, health care conference in Shanghai
    by Eric Ng on February 2, 2020 at 10:41 am

    The coronavirus epidemic has forced more business events to be postponed, including a major annual start-up promotion initiative in Hong Kong. Launched in 2013 by InvestHK, this month’s “StartmeupHK Festival” will be rescheduled to an unspecified date later in the year, said the government body responsible for promoting foreign direct investment in the city. “In light of the current situation relating to the coronavirus, Invest Hong Kong and the key partners of the StartmeupHK Festival 2020…

  • For Carousell CEO Quek Siu Rui, starting the Singapore-based app hasn’t been a walk in the park
    by Zen Soo on January 24, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Quek Siu Rui has not taken a holiday in nearly eight years. Since he co-founded Carousell in 2012, almost all of the 32-year-old’s free time has been devoted to thinking about what is next, he said. “I have this almost extreme view of the world where [if you do something] you’ve got to do it well and good. You’ve got to be laser-focused and almost obsessed about it.” As the face of one of Singapore’s most prominent start-ups – widely recognised as a pioneer in mobile classifieds – it comes as…

  • Tech CEOs in Davos dodge issues by warning audiences about AI
    by Bloomberg on January 24, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    The technology industry’s most influential leaders have a new message: it is not us you need to worry about – it is artificial intelligence (AI). Two years ago, big tech embarked on a repentance tour to Davos in response to criticism about the companies’ role in issues such as election interference by Russia-backed groups; spreading misinformation; the distribution of extremist content; antitrust violations; and tax avoidance. Uber Technologies’ new chief executive even asked to be regulated. …

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