區塊鏈出招 阻二噁英蟹橫行

(文章於2016年11月17日在香港經濟日報刊登,原題為「區塊鏈可保食品安全」)

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食品安全議題近來炒得火熱。遠至歐美等地的「瘋牛肉」及「注膠牛」,到最近驗出的二噁英超標大閘蟹,這些事件令我們察覺到,今天食糧供應跨越國界,預製食物更牽涉原材料供應商、烹調製作商以及物流配送三方,監管不易。

傳統方法會為合規產品頒發證書,但以紙本為基礎的證書容易做假。當食物供應跨越國界穿洋過海,面對不同文字註述的包裝食物,常人未必能輕易解讀,讓不法之徒有機會從中作假。

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認知運算系統 分析數據抗糖尿

(原文於2016年9月8日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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糖尿病乃香港十大慢性病殺手之一,每十個港人就有一個病患者,全球患病人數現時更逾四億人。如何透過像人工智能等科技協助對抗糖尿病,是醫療界近年的熱門課題。

近期的發展是,美國糖尿病協會 (ADA) 在六月公佈,會將其儲存達 66 年的數據,包括糖尿病醫學文獻及臨床研究等資訊導入 IBM Watson 認知運算系統,讓它自行學習及理解。ADA 計劃日後將系統對外開放,讓它可人性化地應對護理和科研人員的查詢、協助貼身管理患者病情等。重要的是,Watson 可按病人的潛在風險,作出有理據和令人信服的治理建議。

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Blockchain and the Internet of Things

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Blockchain continues to be a hot topic among businesses in Hong Kong. On November 11, TVB Pearl Money Magazine aired another Blockchain story that discusses how the new technology will revolutionize the logistics industry and make the Internet of Things more secure. IBM subject matter expert Iqbal AliKhan is again featured as one of the speakers. The full program can be viewed at here.

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電商採混合雲 迎瘋狂網購

(原文於2016年11月10日在香港經濟日報刊登)

(社會)(1)提早備戰“雙11”

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去年的「雙十一」,港人熟悉的淘寶創出多項世界紀錄,包括912億元人民幣的網上交易、逾千萬升牛奶和300萬部手機等銷售數字。

當網上瘋狂搶購、大量瀏覽湧入時,有機會令電貿網站癱瘓。「雙十一」期間,有網站的點擊率由平時的千萬暴增至億次,後台系統保護能力要求由原來的 100GB 跳升至 1TB,平時低峰期的故障恢復時間也由小時劇減至以分計算。

但消費者並不知情,只知點擊下單;網站如稍有差池,便會招惹投訴和不滿,並在社交媒體上發酵,演變成公關事件。

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BYOD or CYOD: Which mobile trend is right for your organization?

(Note: This article is a repost from Mobile Business Insights)

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These days, it would be surprising – and concerning – if mobility and the consumerization of IT were not part of any mobile enterprise’s strategic roadmap. After all, end users have become more demanding about which devices they use and where they log in from the network. They expect the same user experience that they get from the powerful personal mobile devices they are already accustomed to.

Though the first mobile trend that emerged to address this new world was bring-your-own-device (BYOD), many enterprises are understandably concerned about the security of sensitive corporate data in a BYOD model. Enterprises are increasingly considering implementing a choose-your-own-device (CYOD) program to address those very legitimate concerns.

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高IQ、超能力,李宇春身著的中國首件“認知禮服”到底有多不簡單?

在昨晚北京舉行的《VOGUE服飾與美容》十一週年慶典紅地毯上,中國流行文化代表李宇春身穿由 IBM Watson 協助創作的中國首套認知禮服亮相,引起了社交媒體上的關注與熱議,此篇報導轉自漂亮100.com。

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如果問你今年時尚圈最流行的單品是什麼?小白鞋、裸腿褲、百褶傘裙、迷你雙肩包、毛毛鞋、襪靴……也許多到讓你數不完,但如果要問起今年時尚圈最in的cp是什麼?也許答案只有一個:時尚與科技!

今年5月,被譽為“時尚奧斯卡”的Met Gala Ball掀起一陣時尚科技旋風,而昨夜剛剛落幕的《VOGUE服飾與美容》十一周年慶祝派對的主題——Fashion in motion,也無不強調著科技時代下時尚創造力的無限潛能。派對現場,李宇春身著高IQ(Intelligence Quotient)的“認知禮服”(AI禮服)亮相,成為晚宴主題最好的詮釋。

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Banking on Blockchain

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On October 21 Friday, Hong Kong’s TVB Pearl Money Magazine aired a feature program that looks at potential of Blockchain to transform the banking industry. In the program, Iqbal AliKhan, Strategy and Business Development Executive for the Global Payment Industry & Blockchains at IBM, was interviewed, and discussed why “permissioned” Blockchain is needed for secure transactions among banks.

The full program can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2evY15O

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