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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企業應思考 雲運算怎提升優勢

(文章於2017年4月20日在香港經濟日報刊登)

running soldiers carrying weapons

對於以「軍用級」為號召的產品,消費者多半會趨之若鶩。這不難理解,因為它給我們的感覺就是「堅固耐用」、「牢不可破」的代名詞。那麼「軍用級」的雲運算服務,會是怎樣的一回事?

今年初,美軍與 IBM 簽定五年期總值 6,200 萬美元合約,由後者為其建設及管理私有雲端數據中心,並將提供基建即服務方案,把軍方現有的 IT 應用轉移到雲端上去,首年目標便要移轉 35 種國防應用。

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室內空氣質素 雲端可拆解

(文章於2017年3月20日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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除天氣預測外,「空氣質素健康指數」也是現今許多人返工返學前會留意的事物。年初時,本港空氣質素相對風險達到「甚高」水平,政府便呼籲市民,特別是兒童、長者及心臟病或呼吸系統疾病患者,應盡量減少或避免體力消耗及減少在戶外逗留時間。

然而,躲進室內是否就安全?以前大家只關注戶外空氣質素,如今大家亦會擔心室內的二次污染。某些冷氣機便標榜有多層過濾,甚至釋放負離子。只是這些設計是否真的有用?室內環境和人體健康究竟有多大關係?

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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”

圖片來源新華社

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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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

Marketplace

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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Business lessons from the Pokémon Go phenomenon

(This article is also published in Computerworld Hong Kong on August 1, 2016)

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Hong Kong appears to be invaded by Pokémon Go players. We’ll no doubt be bumping into avid players all over the place. In case you’ve been entirely cut off from news this month, Pokémon Go is a mobile game app, in which players move around in the real world looking for digital creatures overlaid on the streets around them.

Less than two weeks after the initial release, Pokémon Go has become the most successful mobile game ever. It is also generating newspaper headlines about users and their experiences on a daily basis. The share price of Nintendo – which originated the Pokémon characters back in the ‘90s but is just a part owner of the app – was doubled. But it has fallen back as in reality, its profits from the game will be limited.

There is much more in this groundbreaking game. Such application and massive acceptance in augmented reality is expected to trigger a wave of adoption in other areas. Meanwhile, however, Pokémon Go’s massive adoption has been accompanied by reports of server overloads, players being locked out and rumors of security issues.

While details have not been disclosed, it seems pretty clear that such issues have delayed the game’s rollout, especially to Japan and other game-crazy Asian markets, slowing down revenue generation. Simply put, it appears that the operation team was unprepared for the success of Pokémon Go.

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