H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (12 September 2018) – Vision-automation technology is taking over the factory floor + Fear, Joseph Campbell noticed, often reveals itself as a purpose


  • See Food: Why Robots Are Producing More of What You Eat; Vision-automation technology is taking over the factory floor, a testing ground for adoption in self-driving cars, drones. While vision sensors are good at scanning images for what’s missing, robotic eyes face a wall in inspecting objects from multiple angles, according to engineers at Kyoto, Japan-based Omron Corp. Their proposed solution: big data. To teach a sensor to distinguish a chocolate chip from a burned bit in a cookie, for example, Omrom is using AI to analyze thousands of inspection results. (WSJ)
  • This Big Chip Deal May Be Small Enough to Win: No major red flags for Renesas’s IDT acquisition in politically risky climate for chip deals (WSJ)
  • In Tesla’s shadow, China’s NIO prices IPO at low end of target: source (Reuters)
  • Delta Electronics August revenues hit record (Digitimes)
  • Leading taxi-hailing app providers in Japan and South Korea – Japan Taxi Co. and Kakao Mobility Corp – to collaborate (JT)

BATTSS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Softbank, Samsung

  • Alibaba takes a 10% stake in one of Russia’s biggest tech players Mail.Ru Group for $484m (WSJ)
  • Hong Kong’s first pure digital insurance venture, Tencent-backed Blue, to start selling policies (SCMP)

FAANNMG – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Nvidia, Netflix, Microsoft, Google

  • New Way to Play FANG Stocks Falls Short for Some Investors; ‘Auto-callable’ notes tied to tech stocks are gaining in popularity but aren’t always delivering large payouts (WSJ)
  • US-made iPhones would cost $150 more, supplier says as tariffs loom; Trump’s dig at Apple underscores challenge for assemblers of rethinking China supply chain (Nikkei)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • China suspends carpool services following murders (AsiaOne)
  • Didi falls way behind Uber on road to IPO (Reuters)
  • Got a problem? Ask China’s online agony aunts (Tribune)
  • Funding squeeze to deflate China’s startup ‘bubble,’ says US incubator (Nikkei)
  • How a Taoist Temple Scion Grew His Quirky Online Retailer 1,600%; The 486 founder has built a cult following with Youtube advice (Bloomberg)
  • Telehealth apps rise in Southeast Asia due to doctor scarcity (Nikkei)
  • Personal finance portal MoneySmart Group aims to equip consumers with the tools to become their own best financial advisers. (BT)
  • India’s top digital payments firm bets on local expertise to fend off rivals (Reuters)
  • More than a hotel-listing platform: Zuzu Hospitality Solutions also acts as a consultancy, helping small independent hotels manage their operations and marketing. (BT)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Roku: A Premium Is ‘Warranted’ as the Company Grows (Barron’s)
  • More Enterprise-Tech Ventures Going Public (WSJ)
  • SEC Seeks Software To Monitor Market-Moving Social-Media Posts (ZH)


  • Fear, Joseph Campbell noticed, often reveals itself as a purpose, a trade, or an occupation. These are endeavours that rapture the individual, but are, perhaps, looked upon by the ego and society as disagreeable for many reasons. The dragon is everything that you fear. It holds your anxieties, your lack of confidence, the expectations of others and also your own limiting expectations of yourself (Medium)
  • How to Maintain a State of Creative ‘Flow’ (Medium)

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