As the saying
goes if you want to run fast you run alone but if you’re in for a marathon then
you need to run together. We speak to one of South East Asia’s most respected and
prominent personality in the technology investment circle: Robert Chew, Managing Partner
of iGlobe Partners based in Singapore. He shared his vision for Singapore in
the year 2030 and predictions of the biggest technology disruptions to come that
will impact lives not limited to Singapore but on a global scale.
Robert Chew, Managing Partner of iGlobe Partners
TS: Give us a sense on what you think
will be the biggest tech trends to come
RC: I think Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is one area in tech
that will come of age. A.I. has been around for a long time. Ever since people
started to use computers, they’ve tried to explore the extent to which a
computer can be made brain-like and how computers can augment and enhance our
cognitive ability. You know the gentleman who recently passed away – Marvin
Minsky. He’s been a strong proponent of machine learning and A.I. since the
1960s A.I. can be applied in so many areas, from image recognition to voice
processing, making predictive recommendations to analysing business intelligence.
Now all the big tech companies like Google, Facebook and Apple are all actively
involved in deep learning projects. So, I think A.I. will
certainly have an increasing impact on the way we live,
work and play.
TS: In one sentence what is your vision
for the year 2030?
RC: I hope that by 2030 Singapore will have its equivalent of a big league tech company, in the
likes of Google, Alibaba and Tencent. Not just a unicorn company based on
valuation, but rather one that is globally recognised with multi-billion dollar
revenue and profit.
By Jason Tan & Geralyne Kaye Ong / February 1, 2016
05:56PM GMT+8 Singapore updated February 3, 2016 12:36AM
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