Technology

In this photo illustration, a video created by OpenAI's newly released text-to-video Sora tool plays on a monitor in Washington, DC, on 16 February 2024. (Drew Angerer/AFP)

OpenAI's Sora causing 'AI anxiety' in China

With the advent of AI text-to-video model Sora developed by OpenAI, it seems that China’s tech sector is getting nervous and looking at how to close the gap with the US, which is set to get bigger if China is unable to create its own similar technology.
A chip is pictured at the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI) at Hsinchu Science Park in Hsinchu, Taiwan, on 16 September 2022. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Taiwan’s crucial role in Southeast Asia’s semiconductor rush

Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore are welcoming shifts in the semiconductor supply chain with Taiwan’s TSMC at its heart. Academics Karl Lee Chee Leong and Nur Shahadah Jamil examine the issue.
Ravi Menon, former managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, in January 2024. (SPH Media)

Ravi Menon: Expect even more changes as new economic structure emerges

In the third of Lianhe Zaobao’s Future 365 interview series, Lianhe Zaobao business editor Shen Yue speaks to former Monetary Authority of Singapore chief Ravi Menon, who gives his views on how the global economy will change over the next decade, and how mindsets should shift accordingly.
Singapore’s ambassador-at-large and former ambassador to the US Chan Heng Chee. (SPH Media)

Chan Heng Chee: Amid chaos, our national interest is the only constant

The future world will neither be unipolar nor bipolar but multipolar; the structure will be fragmented, and the heights of the poles will be asymmetrical. Amid the tensions and pitfalls, how does Singapore cope in an increasingly complex world? Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong speaks with Singapore’s ambassador-at-large and former ambassador to the US Chan Heng Chee about the challenges the world faces.
This aerial photo taken on 1 November 2021 shows volunteers helping farmers harvest rice in Huzhuang, Jiangsu province, China. (AFP)

China’s embrace of GM crops will have global implications

Despite China’s efforts to make genetically modified organisms (GMO) technology a key plank of China’s food security, China has yet to meaningfully translate its research efforts into successful commercialisation, say academics Shaleen Khanal and Zhang Hongzhou. If China manages to overcome the various obstacles to commercialising GM crops, the global landscape of GMO governance, production and exports will be greatly changed.
AI expert Lee Kai-fu, chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures. (Photo provide by interviewee)

[Video] Future 365: Lee Kai-fu on AI — Painting humanity’s future

In the first of Lianhe Zaobao’s Future 365 interview series, Lianhe Zaobao executive editor Han Yong May speaks to chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures Lee Kai-fu, who gives his take on the future of AI and how he thinks it will impact our lives, given the improvements seen over the past decade.
People walk through Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on 12 December 2023. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP)

China-US R&D decoupling detrimental for both countries

Given the US’s firm stance on safeguarding national security, in particular against China, the research and development sector is among the few that have been deeply impacted. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Hai Kexian speaks with academics to find out the severity of this decoupling in research collaboration.
Elon Musk leaves a US Senate bipartisan Artificial Intelligence (AI) Insight Forum at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, US, on 13 September 2023. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)

US tech leaders leading post-capitalist trend: Is China ready?

In examining how leading global tech leaders are dealing with the issue of intellectual property rights, EAI senior research fellow Lance Gore notes that they are moving away from strongly protecting IPRs to adopting an open source philosophy about knowledge and prioritising technological innovation. He says China needs to be mindful of this post-capitalist trend in the ongoing technological revolution in order to stay relevant.
A Volkswagen AG automobile charges at a Belib' public electric vehicle charging station in Paris, France, on 14 February 2024. (Benjamin Girette/Bloomberg)

How German automakers maintain their edge over Chinese EV brands

German academic Helena Wisbert analyses how strong European consumer appetites are for electric cars, in particular as new entrants from China and the US seek to get a slice of the pie. She asks: have competitors, who have equipped their vehicles with numerous digital features, AI-supported voice control and a variety of third-party applications, misunderstood the German market?