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辦公室工作 — 第二次工業革命的產物


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,

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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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。


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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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