H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (31 December 2018) – Artificial Intelligence Is Coming to Disrupt Customer Service – and Sooner Than You Think + Paulo Coelho 30 SEC READ: Success


  • KGI’s top picks among suppliers of automotive semiconductors, parts for electric vehicle and advanced driver-assistance systems include Cub Elecparts Inc (為升), which makes electric switches and sensors for automobiles (Taipei Times)

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

  • Tencent left out as China approves the release of 80 new video games (Techcrunch)

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

  • Amazon, to Win in Booming Rural India, Reinvents Itself; The retailer is targeting hundreds of millions of new online shoppers in India’s countryside by adding Hindi and videos to its order screen and opening stores to help people shop; local deliverymen take cash (WSJ)
  • Popular apps share data with Facebook without user consent; Developers say social network’s default option puts them in breach of EU regulations (FT)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Digital tech tops list of Asian hits in 2018; Video streaming, e-sports and other lifestyle among Asian in-things (Nikkei)
  • 2019 China tech look ahead: trade war likely to cast a shadow as AI, e-commerce, smartphone progress continues (SCMP)
  • China’s Rival to GPS Technology Is Looking to Go Global (Bloomberg)
  • NTT DoCoMo secures 40% stake in Japanese restaurant reservation platform Toreta (Bridge)
  • Live streaming shopping trending up in Malaysia (Star)
  • Indonesia is playing catch-up with its regional rivals when it comes to cashless payments; But there are rich rewards on offer for companies that unlock its potential (SCMP)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Artificial Intelligence Is Coming to Disrupt Customer Service – and Sooner Than You Think (Barron’s)
  • AI Innovators: A Researcher Finds A Lifetime Of Lessons Discovering Radiology (Forbes)
  • Bypass Long Lines At The Supermarket With This Self-Checkout App (Forbes)
  • French start-up offers ‘dark Web’ compass, but it is not for everyone; Not wanting the tool to fall into wrong hands, Aleph has refused 30-40 per cent of licensing requests (BT)
  • Working More Magic at Disney (Barron’s)
  • “Delivery Hell” Goes Mainstream As Auto Dealers Embrace Online Car Ordering And Home Delivery (ZH)


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