古迹結合科技 傳承文化瑰寶

(文章於2017年10月9日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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雲運算與古蹟名勝,是否風馬牛不相及?步進意大利的米蘭大教堂(Duomo Di Milano),第一印象是135座歌德式尖塔、逾3,500座聖人和動物雕像和大理石十字座堂的彩色花格玻璃窗。搭電梯或走上去,可登頂俯瞰整個米蘭,鴿子在大教堂廣場飛翔,遠眺見到阿爾卑斯山風光。

米蘭大教堂的建築工程歷時六百年,由大教堂的聖工社(Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano)負責施工,揉合歷代建築風格,到1950年才告完成,規格和工藝超越了絕大部分的歐洲教堂。

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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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Hong Kong Smart Glass Startup Taps IBM Cloud to Combine Augmented Reality and Cognitive Capabilities

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Dragon Creative Primed for Growth and Innovation with IBM Cloud

Dragon Creative Enterprise Solution Limited (DCES), a local pioneer in augmented reality (AR) applications, has successfully migrated its software development and delivery operations to the IBM Cloud in order to improve time to market, access cognitive APIs and leverage IBM’s extensive go-to-market support.

A home-grown startup with a successful track record in public crowdfunding, DCES was established in 2013 to tap emerging opportunities in commercial applications of augmented reality, leveraging its award-winning MAD Gaze family of “smart glass” devices. Launched by DCES in December 2015, MAD Gaze is a smart glasses brand targeted at both business and consumer markets, delivering a superior user experience based on augmented reality.

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IBM Marketplace: Digital channel for all things cloud

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With great excitement, we are announcing the official launch of IBM Marketplace in Hong Kong, the first in Greater China region.

IBM Marketplace serves as a digital front door to cloud innovation, bringing together IBM’s vast portfolio of cloud capabilities and “born on the web” third-party services from local and international solution partners, and delivering a complete “learn-try-buy” self-service experience for developers, IT managers and line-of-business professionals.

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IBM Launches Blockchain Cloud on World’s Most Secure Server

(Note: This article is a repost from here)

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New cloud environment for business-to-business networks allows companies to test performance, privacy and interoperability of blockchain ecosystems.  IBM LinuxONE underpins cloud offering to help meet stringent industry and compliance security requirements.

IBM has announced a cloud service for organizations requiring a secure environment for blockchain networks. Ideal for organizations in regulated industries, this environment allows clients to test and run blockchain projects that handle private data.

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港FinTech落後 拓「區塊鏈」加油

(原文於2016年7月25日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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財政司曾俊華最近公開表示,香港的金融科技 (Fintech) 發展較鄰近地區慢。他希望藉著監管機構、學府及第三機構的合作,加強金融業界對新興事物的認識;新興技術如區塊鏈 (Blockchain) 就是今年財政預算案中的一個重點。

區塊鏈技術簡單來說是一本公開和共享的「帳簿」,每筆交易紀錄都可由參與成員自行確認查核;由於確認的動作毋須等待可信任的中間人執行,故交易成本接近零。

各地的金融機構及初創企業都正在運用區塊鏈創新。例如,倫敦日本交易所均已和 IBM 合作,進行區塊鏈項目的測試;BNY Mellon 投資管理公司則借助區塊鏈技術去加速開發證券借貸的應用。

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Catchup: Bluemix + Gadget提醒你巴士幾時到站

等巴士和追巴士這兩個動作,對許多香港人來說是家常便飯。香港道路環境複雜,令大家難以預測巴士時間到站。有兩位中文大學的學生就看中這個需求,利用實時資訊,開發出一款 Catchup 流動應用程式,幫用家節省等待巴士的時間。

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Video Game High School

(Note: This article is a repost from IBM Tumblr)

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At one high school in Austin, Texas, students spend class time playing video games! But not just any game, it’s one the students built on IBM Bluemix® and IBM Watson™, with the help of their teacher, David Conover. The result is a serious game called Medical Minecraft where Watson interacts with students through gameplay to make medical research entertaining. Modeled after popular world-building games, this cognitive game is designed to inject lessons on health science, pharmacology and other challenging subjects into the action. It seems child’s play has grown up a bit.

大數據「領路」 助培育導盲犬

(原文於2016年4月28日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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<註: 每年四月份最後的星期三為「國際導盲犬日」> 每隻導盲犬背後,除了人狗情,還有一段關於善用數據的故事。

美國的導盲犬訓練機構 Guiding Eyes for the Blind 指出,育成一隻幼犬,成本原來需要約四萬美元。要成功培育導盲犬,對狗隻的體格及性情都有相當要求。業內的成功率,目前大約在三成至三成七左右──成功率若能提升五個百分點,已能為業內各非牟利組織,節省大筆開支。

累積逾三十年相關經驗和數據的 Guiding Eyes for the Blind 現正透過利用認知運算技術,分析狗隻的血統家譜、獸醫紀錄,以至數以千計飼主的日常紀錄,幫助業內寄養家庭和訓練員,提高繁殖與訓練導盲犬的成功率。

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Behind Every Guide Dog is a Data Story

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Match: Perfect – Abigail Lanier and her Guiding Eyes partner, Alexa

(Note: This article is a repost from IBM Cloud Stories)

Can cognitive insights help pair more guide dogs with people who need them the most?

Jane Russenberger of Guiding Eyes for the Blind has been meticulously collecting all manner of guide-dog data sets for more than 30 years. Her long-held hope has been that the volumes of complex genetic mapping, medical records and journals and logs from thousands of puppy raisers, foster parents and trainers would one day serve to lift the success rate of guide-dog breeding.

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