浪潮與 IBM 成立合資公司 開發推廣開放的 Power 服務器

2017年9月8日,浪潮電子信息產業股份有限公司與國際商業機器(中國)投資有限公司共同披露策略合作,雙方將合資成立浪潮商用機器有限公司,研發、生產、銷售基於開放的Power技術的服務器,完善服務器的生態系統,建立可持續發展的服務器業務,為用戶提供先進的、差異化和多樣化的計算平台和解決方案。

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區塊鏈助塑膠銀行 垃圾變金礦

(文章於2017年8月23日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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炎炎夏日,又是暢泳好時機。然而,泳灘中的浮游垃圾每每令人掃興!據統計,每年有逾800萬噸的塑膠廢物流入海洋,而當中的源頭大多來自貧窮的落後地區。

有環保業者因應這種情況,在2015年開始分別於海地和菲律賓等地區啟動「塑膠銀行」(Plastic Bank)社群平台計劃。他們的理念,是希望透過設計一套嶄新的商業模式,透過支付數碼貨幣作報酬,以促進當地參與者進行塑膠回收,再把塑膠轉賣給能夠重複再利用的企業。

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可愛機械雀進駐日本伊勢丹新宿店,測試 Watson 人工智能

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【科技特搜】日本伊勢丹新宿店最近引入具備 Watson 人工智能的可愛機械小鳥,測試 AI 如何能協助該百貨公司的業務。據了解,伊勢丹希望透過以 IBM Cloud 以及 Watson 技術啓動的機械鳥來擔任店頭小助手,嘗試達到幾個目標:

  • 收集客人資訊及數據,從而協助伊勢丹優化貨品及銷售
  • 分析客人,並提供客人會有興趣的產品之建議
  • 分析店內人流情況,作出相應的員工調動建議

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向科技徵稅 不如培訓新技能

(文章於2017年7月24日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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放眼現實,機械人與AI,並未到搶走人類飯碗的境況。但比爾蓋茨今年初,提出另類建議:職位流失還未出現,就先向科技徵稅。

徵收科技稅,負面影響是窒礙創新發展。想當年,若我們恐懼新事物,為保護打字機行業,向文書軟件收重稅;為保護黑房沖印技師,向數碼相機收稅;為保護電話機樓線路接駁員,向手機收稅等。今日這些改善大眾生活的科技,可能永不見天日。

今天,科技與產業的變化太急速,終身學習的就業態度很重要。對應的策略,應該是培訓僱員學習新技能,而非向機械人徵稅。

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The Next Generation of Infrastructure Services

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Danske Bank is testing the IBM Watson-based services platform that uses cognitive technologies to help IT service providers improve operations.

With rapidly changing business needs and accelerating business cycles, organizations need consistent and reliable service delivery across a “supply chain” of services from multiple vendors. There is no compromising choice for reliability. Both play an equally important role in a business’s success and they need the services they are using to continuously evolve.

For the IT services industry, it means a shift from system integration to services integration, and from a people-led and technology-assisted approach to one that is technology-led and people-assisted. In other words, most standard tasks and processes will be executed by increasingly autonomic systems that are data-driven, cognitive and automated.

This approach also means the evolution of automation and advanced analytics to cognitive delivery. Like many in the industry, we believe cognitive delivery is the next stage of the delivery lifecycle transformation.

Companies are already taking better advantage of the wealth of operational data and experience to gain insights that trigger automated actions for better business outcomes from IT or advise human experts to make better decisions.

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Cognitive Computing Comes to the Help Desk

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In many organizations, support for IT problems can be somewhat haphazard. The result of a user request often depends on the IT worker responding to it, who needs to ask the correct series of questions to get the answers they need. This may not be a straightforward process, however; what workers think they need to know may not actually be correct. A breakdown in support functions may even lead to the rise of shadow IT, as workers become frustrated and revert to using the tools they understand instead of those approved by the organization.

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聊天機械人 助銀行提升客戶體驗

(文章於2017年7月10日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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蘇格蘭皇家銀行推出了網上機械人顧問Luvo,幫助他們更快速、輕鬆地回答客戶查詢  (相片來自互聯網)

人工智能浪潮湧起,不少企業如金融機構及銀行等均開始使用。

當中,聊天機械人 (Chatbot)更成為熱門趨勢。恒生銀行較早前宣佈,計劃在下半年於網站推出智能服務助理,讓客戶查詢一般銀行服務或產品資訊。

聊天機械人服務可助銀行提升客戶體驗,在減低成本之餘促進效率。例如蘇格蘭皇家銀行於2016年底推出了網上機械人顧問Luvo,為銀行客戶提供一般查詢服務,並可因應客戶需要將對話無縫轉移到線上服務專員,免除客戶通過多重詢問和轉接之苦, 助他們快速得到答案和服務,在提升客戶滿意度之餘,又可大大縮減客服人員處理一般查詢的時間。

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