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CHEW MOK LEE
Senior Member, SCS
Managing Director and General Manager for South East Asia and Korea, HP Inc
““While 3D printing cannot solve all of our problems, it definitely has the ability to make the world a better place by improving lives and making it more sustainable – we just need to give it time to grow, mature and deliver on all these promises.”
Is 3D printing a hype?
There have always been many in ated claims about what new technology can do, but if you take a longer view of it, you will realise that most of them have been ful lled over time. Take the dot-com boom in the 2000s. It went bust because of unful lled expectations about the Internet, but those expectations have since been met and even surpassed. With 3D printing, the same concept applies. It’s all about giving time for the expectations around 3D printing to bear fruit.
Where do we stand in terms of 3D printing technology now?
Good progress has been made in the recent years where 3D printing is concerned. However, there are still important challenges which need addressing before 3D printing can truly realise its full potential. One of it is the speed of production. Currently, 3D printing is mainly used for low volume, high-end products such as prototyping, or parts for the aerospace industry because 3D printers today are not able to produce high quality end-user parts at an acceptable speed. HP is addressing this today with 3D printers that print up to 10 times faster than the industry average at half the cost. We’re also looking into ways to improve the speed of printing in the future.
Given these challenges, why is everyone still so excited about 3D printing?
Primarily because once these challenges are resolved, 3D printing has the potential to drive down costs and increase usability in ways unimaginable with traditional modes of manufacturing. Compared to traditional manufacturing that uses a reductive process, 3D printing employs an additive process which allows for low volume customisation and production without compromising on tensile strength. In addition, 3D printing has the advantage of being able to print complex designs with minimum wastage.
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“We are witnessing an unprecedented rate of change everywhere. Something new is always being developed, and what is at the forefront now will be old news six months later. This is all the more reason to constantly renew our knowledge and step up our learning pace.”
Most people know Huawei for its cutting-edge smartphones, but that is just one part of Huawei’s business. Can you give us an overview of Huawei?
Aside from smart devices such as smartphones, tablets and wearables that consumers know us for, Huawei also provides enterprise products, solutions and services for businesses and governments across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services and intelligent computing.
How important is AI technology to Huawei on a strategic level?
At Huawei, we see great potential in AI and have mapped out an ambitious strategy for the next few years. We have not only identified broad areas where we see we can grow in, but also put in place specific plans that build upon our existing capabilities to do more. The establishment of the Intelligent Computing Business Unit to develop AI infrastructure products is one of them. We recognise that much of the focus today is on connecting things like smart homes, autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things (IoT). And central to the growth of these technologies is the availability of large amounts of quality data and machine learning. Besides new technologies, AI also has the power to transform traditional communication systems, making them more agile and intelligent. One example is cloud computing. With the augmentation of AI, cloud can go beyond being a technology that mainly provides data storage to providing data analytics.
What are some AI innovations that the newly established Intelligent Computing Business Unit is working on at the moment?
Actually, Huawei Intelligent Computing Business Unit is not new, it is an evolution from Huawei Server Product Line which had been doing development for over 16 years now. But with the new branding, we are looking to bring about pervasive intelligent computing with innovation in chip algorithms and architectures.
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The Association for the Advancement of Arti cial Intelligence (AAAI) has also teamed up with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 2018 to organise the AAAI/ACM Conference on Arti cial Intelligence, Ethics, and Society (AIES)3. The Conference provides a platform for AI researchers and social scientists to come together and work out interdisciplinary solutions to ethical challenges in AI applications.
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However, without waiting for ethical AI technologies to be ready, the legislative landscape has already evolved. In 2016, the European Union (EU) established one of the most stringent privacy protection laws targeting AI applications with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR speci es many terms aimed at protecting user privacy and prohibiting organisations from exchanging data without explicit user approval. Similar laws have also since emerged in China and the US. These harsh legal environments threaten to impede AI development by making it infeasible for different companies who own diverse types of user data to collaborate and build new business.
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The Tech Industry, The Tech Professional
One of the biggest misperceptions about working in tech is that when one works in a tech role, one is automatically working in the “tech industry”. This is actually incorrect because “industry” is used to refer to companies and organisations. Some examples, banks and insurance companies are part of the finannancial services industry; airlines and taxi companies are part of the transportation industry. Hence, by that definition, the ones that make up the tech industry are actually hardware, software and IT services companies.
Flying Solo, Flying in Formation
It is not uncommon for the media to portray programmers as lone wolves (usually male) who hide in their favourite corner of the house, code non-stop for x hours, and then emerge with a program that changes the world.
This cannot be further from the real world. Tech work is really more like playing team sports. Everyone plays to their best in the respective functions, but the game can only be won when everyone works seamlessly as a team. Today’s business and IT operating environments are pretty much like the fields and the courts (with aircon of course!). Not only are ideas and plans brainstormed and discussed, bugs are also tackled – as a team.
Working with People, Working with Machines
If you think working in tech is to work (almost) exclusively with machines, then you are sorely mistaken. Yes, there’ll still be a lot of “face time” with machines: translating requirements into code, analysing data produced, optimising response time, replicating errors reported by users to x that elusive bug. Or in the case of administrators, to monitor the machine making sure it’s operating optimally, and with no unwanted guests in the system.
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SCS Splash Awards 2018 Shines Spotlight on Artificial Intelligence Applications
Into its 15th instalment, SCS Splash Awards 2018 challenged students to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to projects benefitting community- building, education, family & lifestyle, healthcare as well as transport, logistics & communications.
Adrian Chye, Chairman of the Splash Awards Organising Committee said, “The Splash Awards is organised by students for students, and the theme ‘AI Innovation’ was chosen because we saw strong interest from students to learn more about the technological and applied developments in AI. To facilitate this flagship event, SCS had brought in industry partners. And the outcome had been rewarding with the receipt of several high- quality submissions, which are both innovative and potentially ground- breaking.”
During the four-month long competition, more than 40 training sessions were conducted for interested students. At the end of which, close to 200 entries were received for the SCS Splash Awards.
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SCS President Howie Lau then addressed the members and guests, sharing the importance of keeping up with the fast pace of change in the industry.
The annual SCS Gala Dinner was held this year on 8 March at the Shangri-La Hotel. A key highlight of the Society’s calendar, the event was well-attended by over 900 infocomm and digital media professionals from both the public and private sectors.
The Guest-of-Honour, Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information, opened the evening by speaking on the importance of the three P’s – People, Partnership and Platform – in securing Singapore’s future in the digital age.