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Not all innovations are created equal; how can the right kind of innovation be encouraged and incentivised? (iStock)

An innovative China has overtaken the US in patent numbers?

Associate professor Kenneth Huang from the NUS Business School observes that by 2012, China had overtaken the US in terms of the number of patents filed domestically. But this does not mean that all the innovations filed were truly novel or valuable. His recent study on Chinese state-owned enterprises shows that self-serving human factors are at play.
In a digital age, panic-inducing information can spread even faster than viruses. In the photograph, a man wearing a facemask as a preventive measure against Covid-19 checks his mobile phone at Yu Garden in Shanghai on 23 March 2020. (Hector Retamal/AFP)

Unexpected digital age hazards amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Yin Ruizhi says citizen journalism gone awry and the further erosion of privacy by governments in the name of tackling the Covid-19 pandemic are some of the risks brought about by the digital age.
Can VR and AR finally be popularised in the fast-approaching 5G era? (iStock)

If 4G = short-form videos, 5G = a different reality

In a product launch on 9 March, Huawei forecast that global 5G users will reach 250 million this year. Tech entrepreneur Yin Ruizhi takes a closer look at 5G. He says, while the most representative application of the 4G era is the short-form video, the next representative content creation application of the fast-approaching 5G era will be virtual reality and augmented reality.
China and the US are deep in competition in the 5G technology arena. (iStock)

Who is winning the 5G technology race?

Yesterday, British Conservative MPs‘ attempt to block "high-risk vendors’" such as Huawei from UK telecommunications networks failed. Amid the battle against coronavirus, China and the US continue their race in 5G technology. China is widely acknowledged to be a leader in 5G, but is the US really falling behind? Professor Zhu Ying weighs up opinions on both sides of the debate.
Once the 5G network eliminates the bottleneck of direct connectivity of devices in a unit space however, dreams about the IoT could become a reality. (iStock)

A whole new world with the Internet of Things

While the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) has been bandied about in the last two decades, it is only now at the dawn of the 5G era that the concept looks set to take off. Sports, education, eldercare...exciting times are ahead for IoT applications that are now within our grasp.
GPS-enabled trackers ensure delivery trucks take optimal routes for their deliveries (iStock)

Industry 4.0: The Chinese "student" has surpassed the Singapore "teacher"

Kwek So Cheer warns that Singapore faces the risk of being irrelevant in a new world going through a fourth industrial revolution. In that respect, it has much to learn from China, who plays a leading role when it comes to advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, 3D printing and the Internet of Things.
China and the US are tussling for dominance in the Geotech arena. (iStock)

China-US Geotech competition: Does China stand a chance?

In a world ruled by immense technological advancement, a new frontier — Geotech or the nexus between geopolitics and technology — is opening up between key players, China and the US. How their tussle plays out will not only shape the future of the ICT landscape, but the balance of power among nations in the digital age.
5G presents a great opportunity for entrepreneurs (Jason Lee/Reuters)

The myths and realities of 5G

With 5G becoming a reality in China as we speak, Yin Ruizhi weighs up the challenges and immense opportunities this technology brings for the telecommunications industry.
Skyline of the Suzhou Industrial Park, one of the many testing grounds for smart city building in China. (Suzhou Industrial Park)

How enterprises survive in China's smart cities

Some survive by possessing core technologies, some survive by promoting an exciting concept, some by self-transformation, others by buying out and inheriting superb small companies. Prof Chen Xi shares the various tactics for enterprises to survive and benefit from smart city market restructuring. Where will the new battleground of smart city projects be and how can Singapore play a role?