Category Archives: AI

China: the unstoppable consumer force – Shaun Rein

China has developed into the largest consumer markt of the world, passing the US. Business analyst Shaun Rein explains to Richard Engel of NBC how they did it. “China is…

China might catch up with US innovation, in the long run – Andy Mok

Perhaps not right away, but in the long run innovation in China might catch up with the US, says business analyst Andy Mok in the South China Morning Post. “A lot of research universities in the US – like MIT, Caltech – they’ve had decades of operations [since the second world war and the cold war],” said Mok.

Self-driving cars: legal issues on data collection – Mark Schaub

Autonomous driving cars cause a range of issues, for example on collecting data to make them possible. Lawyer Mark Schaub looks at the legal issues when foreign companies have to send data to their headquarters outside China, for the China Law Insight.

Why facial recognition meets less resistance in China – Matthew Brennan

Facial recognition and the exchange of related data seems to meet little resistance in China, compared to Western consumers. Tencent observer Matthew Brennan sees some rubbles among the public, but indeed no big scale anxiety on facial recognition, he tells in Slate and dives into the different perceptions.

Visiting Alibaba’s Hema supermarket – Ashley Dudarenok

Marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok visits one of Alibaba’s Hema supermarkets, based on AI and data-collection, paving the way for new retail. She even finds a fish with QR-code so you can track where it is coming from.

Capturing the fast changing business models – William Bao Bean

Major industries like travel, retail, automotive, telecom and others see their traditional business models changing very fast. At Shanghai-based SOSV managing director William Bao Bean helps startups to make money in new ways, based on data, and capture fast emerging markets, he tells at the Phocuswright Europe conference in Amsterdam last week. Companies should not cling to melting margins, but identify where money can be made, he argues.

Retail: the mirror of China’s AI revolution – Ashley Dudarenok

China’s retailers, with Alibaba’s Hema at the helm, are leading the AI revolution in online and offline space. Consumer expert Ashley Dudarenok explains how AI, online and offline retail combine at a dazzling pace, at CFOinnovation.

Privacy with Chinese characteristics – Matthew Brennan

Chinese surveillance technology, especially social credit systems and facial recognition, is seen by Western media as a final end to privacy. But Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan sees this innovation works differently on the ground, in China, he explains in Metro.

Facial recognition: the new normal in China – Matthew Brennan

A short video clip of Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan went viral, as he noted facial recognition tools at China’s airports. Most reactions from outside China were rather negative, he notes at CGTN, but in China itself, facial recognition is becoming the new normal. More debate is certainly needed, he adds.

How WeChat is turning to e-commerce – Matthew Brennan

Fighting Alibaba on e-commerce is a tough struggle, but Tencent’s WeChat is clearly delivering on improving its shopping environment, even when it does not beat Alibaba, says Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan to TechNode.