Why Human Translators Have a Future

Around fifteen years ago I sold my last batch of share in my translation company. I sincerely believed that machine translation was around the corner and my company had limited earnings potential. While I was right on some ways I was wrong in others. The standard documents, business correspondence, and software manuals dried up forContinue reading “Why Human Translators Have a Future”

If artificial intelligence means the end of the world, why are we so eager to build it?

The short answer is of course “because we can.” Humans have always been inventive. Anything that can we invented will be invented, by someone somewhere. The long answer is somewhat complicated and philosophical. The truth is, our human brains are not very good at reasoning. We think we are, but our brains have evolved toContinue reading “If artificial intelligence means the end of the world, why are we so eager to build it?”

Zuckerberg’s manifesto is dangerously political and naive

In case you haven’t heard, in the wake of fake news criticism, the founder of Facebook has released a manifesto that outlines the future of Facebook. It is extremely political, idealistic, and downright naive. What’s more, it’s downright dangerous. Zuckerberg wants to use his influence, his platform, and AI to save globalization. At the core ofContinue reading “Zuckerberg’s manifesto is dangerously political and naive”

Tech Countries Will Soon Become Agriculture Giants

Taiwan is an agricultural paradox. On the one hand, the subtropical island is ideal for growing anything from avocados to zucchini and is indeed largely self-sufficient in some important crops, say rice. It produces some of the most amazing fruit in the world. Big, juicy, delicious, and largely GMO-free. Anyone who’s ever visited will tellContinue reading “Tech Countries Will Soon Become Agriculture Giants”

“Give me a smile!”​ A review of the Trump years

It is 2024. This week, America will elect a new president. Donald J. Trump has announced that he wants to focus on running his media empire, which his sons have spent the last eight years building. TrumpNews is now the most watched news network in the world, guaranteed free of fake news. In the election,Continue reading ““Give me a smile!”​ A review of the Trump years”

Practical Blockchain Applications Are Taking Off

In my first article on the blockchain I listed some random ideas for non-financial blockchain applications based on my own preliminary vision of the technology. The post received a lot of attention. Many people messaged me saying that I was overestimating the potential or misunderstanding the technology. Some of the reactions were constructive criticism. InContinue reading “Practical Blockchain Applications Are Taking Off”