H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (29 December 2018) – AI Competition Is the New Space Race + Stoicism: Finding the courage to live a better life

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (29 December 2018) – AI Competition Is the New Space Race + Stoicism: Finding the courage to live a better life


  • Bandai Namco is Looking Into Launching Their Own Esports System (BC)
  • Alibaba’s Ele.me teams up with Bilibili to target China’s indoorsy crowd (Technode)
  • Conservative attitude weakens MediaTek presence in high-end mobile chip market (Digitimes)

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

  • Chinese payment platform Alipay will launch facial recognition payment services at 300 bakeries in Beijing, showing traditional retailers’ resolve in adopting new technologies. (Technode)

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

  • Smart speakers hit critical mass in 2018, with around 41 percent of U.S. consumers now owning a voice-activated speaker, up from 21.5 percent in 2017. Amazon has a 66% share to Google’s 29%. HomePod had 5% (Techcrunch)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • ByteDance will take over B in China’s BAT (Reuters)
  • E-scooter sharing start-ups ‘not sustainable’, says scooter maker; Tony Ho of Segway-Ninebot says takeovers by bigger rivals are necessary (FT)
  • Chinese children are driving wearable tech in China (Technode)
  • Beijing is speeding up the adoption of facial recognition-enabled smart locks in its public housing programmes as part of efforts to clamp down on tenancy abuse, such as illegal subletting (SCMP)
  • China e-commerce tax cut to boost imports of diapers and cameras (Nikkei)
  • ‘No market can keep us away’: Huawei defiant amid ‘malicious’ backlash (Age)
  • FamilyMart joins chase for Japan’s cashless purses; Japan’s convenience chains gear up to battle internet giants Alibaba and Apple (Nikkei)
  • Hyundai introduces smart self-parking tech (Investor)
  • Video technology company Atomos that makes video camera add-ons for the increasing number of social media influencers has begun trading on the ASX. (AFR)
  • New India Tech Rules Could Face Pushback from U.S. Firms; Data-storage changes and proposals affecting foreign players raise issues for Google, Facebook and others (WSJ)
  • A look at India’s newly minted unicorns (ET)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • AI Competition Is the New Space Race (Bloomberg)
  • The year social networks were no longer social; In praise of private communities (Techcrunch)
  • US dating apps woo Indian market; New entrants Bumble, Tinder and Happn have yet to prove their model can work locally (FT)
  • Researchers Explore Emerging Memories for AI (EE Times)
  • Brain-computer interface: neurozone (FT)
  • Dell returns to market with NYSE listing (Reuters)


  • Stoicism: Finding the courage to live a better life (Medium)
  • Nietzsche and Redemption (Medium)
  • Legacy in the Making: Building a Long-Term Brand to Stand Out in a Short-Term World Hardcover – March 30, 2018 (Amazon); Podcast (TFR)
  • Patrick Collison – CEO of Stripe (Tim Ferris Podcast #353)
  • What Is the Meaning of Life? (TSOL)
  • Create Dangerously: Albert Camus on the Artist as a Voice of Resistance and a Liberator of Society (BP)
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