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隨着新冠肺炎疫情的持續發展,除了科技巨企如微軟、Google、Facebook、Twitter,其他不同行業的企業,例如Mastercard、美國運通、西門子、路透社等,都推出了不同程度的長期遙距工作安排[1]

辦公室工作 — 第二次工業革命的產物

在人類千百年的歷史裏,「個體戶」在家工作從來都是主流。我們今天所熟悉的辦公室工作,不過是近一百年第二次工業革命之後的產物。因為電力、鐵路、鋼鐵和化學品的出現和發展,從事大規模生產的工廠開始出現,更多人口從農村搬到城市居住。隨著商業發展的需求,銀行、保險、零售、電訊行業亦因而急速增長,把文職人員集中起來處理票據、會計和商務往來文件的辦公室,亦應運而生[2]

今天互聯網和雲端科技已經那麼發達,很多白領的工作都不一定需要舟車勞頓,每天朝九晚五返回辦公室處理 …


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Credit: Benh LIEU SONG, CC BY SA 4.0, https://bit.ly/2XDpJUl

The COVID-19 outbreak is arguably the biggest challenge for humanity since World War II. Social distancing, remote work, home school, travel bans — our world is being paused. When will the pandemic subside is still unknown. Yet, what is certain is that after the disruption, the world will never be the same. The longer the pandemic lingers, the more temporary measures will become habits and form new orders.

Big Data Surveillance

Almost three months into the pandemic, countries around the world gradually come to the realisation that to control the novel coronavirus before the vaccine is born, isolation is the only alternative. …


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這場突如其來的新形冠狀病毒肺炎,可以說是二次世界大戰以來人類最大的挑戰。世界各地停工、停課、停產,出行、社交通通暫停,地球迎來了有史以來最大型的一個休止符。疫情何時平息,仍然是未知之數。可以肯定的是,經此一役,我們所認識的世界,很多事情將會與從前不一樣。疫情時間越長,各種本來暫時性的措施將會漸漸變成習慣,形成新的秩序。

大數據監控

經過了三個多月的發展,世界各國已經明白到在疫苗誕生之前要控制新冠肺炎疫情只有隔離以切斷病毒傳播這個途徑。停工、停課、停飛等的社交隔離(social distancing)措施雖然有效,但是社會長期停擺對經濟的影響實在太大,並不是長遠之策。

社會如何可以在逐步恢復運作的同時,把疫情控制得住,避免大爆發再度出現,是各地政府需要迫切考慮的課題。無獨有偶,中國、韓國、以色列[1]、台


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Picture: Reuters Graphics

I have been speaking with friends and clients from around the world these few days, and note that different countries are at different stages of social-distancing / lockdown. I am based in Hong Kong, and therefore belong to the earlier batch of social-distancing measures. Here are a few things from my experience:

What shouldn’t worry you:

Empty shelves in supermarkets. We had that at the very beginning as well. There was even a toilet-paper robbery that almost felt surreal. The shortage in our case was a result of logistics disruption (Lunar New Year break and subsequent lockdown of Mainland China) and the sudden surge…


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The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is causing disruptions to the whole world. Asian countries and cities such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea were predicted to be the riskiest thanks to their vicinity and close ties to Mainland China. In order to stabilize the situation efficiently and effectively, various technologies have been adopted by the Asian countries in flighting the coronavirus. The so far promising results may shed some lights on viable tactics for countries now facing the heat.

Big Data

Despite their respective high perceived risks, Taiwan and Singapore have not adopted the dramatic lockdown approach, while have still been…


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Baidu citizen migration map

In the past two decades, we had experienced major outbreaks including SARS and MERS. A new coronavirus, named COVID-19 has recently emerged causing major global disruption. Can innovative technologies help predict and mitigate the new wave of epidemics and provide appropriate early warnings so that the general public, business community, and local governments can prepare as early as possible to minimise the damage?

Predicting outbreaks with big data and artificial intelligence

In fact, as early as 2008, Google launched the influenza trend prediction platform “Google Flu Trends (GFT)”[1]. By monitoring about 40 flu-related keywords such as “cough” and “fever”, GFT…

Priscilla Chan

Founder of Speakers Connect Speakers Agency. Outside of work, blog in both English and Chinese on impact of technology, business trends and China.

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