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How the use of free Google platforms led to the rise of a multi-million Series A funded start-up

SINGAPORE (May 31): Gabriel Lim is a tinkerer at heart, having spent hundreds of hours in his school computer labs as a kid building websites and trying his hand at hacking.

That tinkering hobby led Lim to leave a full-time job as a software engineer in 2015 to bring tech start-up Saleswhale to life with co-founders Venus Wong and Ethan Le. 

Around that time, Lim discovered the Google Cloud API platform and later on, Google’s free, open-source software library, Tensorflow.

Saleswhale helps companies reel in sales leads using AI

SINGAPORE (June 3): Gabriel Lim, CEO and co-founder of tech start-up Saleswhale, is a bundle of good humour and energy, barely sitting still during a 45-minute interview at the company’s brand new office in Suntec City. They have only just moved in, he says, in reference to the packing boxes and detritus strewn all over the place. Over by the wall of windows overlooking Marina Bay, a group of Saleswhale employees are tucking into boxes of pizza. All of a sudden, a gong sounds, causing them to cheer. “Everytime we close a sale, we ring the gong,” Lim explains, grinning.

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Understanding your value in a world of automation

SINGAPORE (May 3): VUCA – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous – a term originally coined by the American military to describe what today’s leaders must cope with, has quickly become a way to describe the socio-economic landscape.

Evolving technology, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, is one of the reasons for this move towards increased complexity and volatility. As automation makes many manual and repetitive tasks obsolete, the call for a ‘skills-revolution’ has become louder.

Q&M collaborates with IMU Education to develop AI-enhanced system

SINGAPORE (April 9): Q&M Dental Group is partnering Malaysian private university operator IMU Education Sdn Bhd to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) enhanced dental treatment decision support system to manage common dental problems.

The project will focus on developing AI algorithms to “intelligently assist dental treatment decision-making”.

This will be accomplished by providing treatment plan options “in the best interests of the patients” based on results provided by an AI evidence-based decision tree which IMU will help to develop.

The revolution need not be automated

(Apr 8): Artificial intelligence is transforming every aspect of our lives, not least the economy. As a general-purpose technology, AI’s applications are potentially endless. While it can be used to automate tasks previously performed by people, it can also make human labour more productive, thereby increasing labour demand.

Temasek's ST Telemedia starts AI startup to serve Asian firms

SINGAPORE (Mar 11): ST Telemedia, a unit of Singapore state investment firm Temasek Holdings, has set up a startup to help Asian companies adopt artificial intelligence and cloud technologies, in line with the city-state’s ambitions to transform the economy through technology.

The startup, called Leap, has grown its team to 60 AI and cloud professionals since it was established 10 months ago. It has operations in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, and aims to double its staff by the end of this year.

Yum China banks on robot servers, AI menus to defy slowdown

(Mar 6): KFC’s owner in China is pushing ahead with expansion plans, opening two stores a day in the world’s biggest consumer market and banking on technology to help it cut costs, even as carmakers and industrial companies signal demand there is deteriorating.

Yum China Holdings Inc, the nation’s biggest fast-food chain, which operates the KFC and Pizza Hut brands, is launching new restaurants at the second-fastest pace in 30 years and sees potential for over 11,000 more outlets, Chief Executive Officer Joey Wat said in an interview in Shanghai Tuesday.

Why Northeast Asian economies needn't panic over the global electronics slowdown

SINGAPORE (Mar 5): Oxford Economics says the prospects of Northeast Asian economies, which are uniquely exposed to the ongoing global electronics slowdown, are not as bleak as they seem.

This is due to trade diversion’s partial mitigation of the impact of US-China trade tensions as well as limited direct competition between China and other Northeast Asian economies in the high-value field of semiconductor production, according to the global forecasting and quantitative analysis firm.

Yitu Tech opens first Southeast Asia R&D centre in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Feb 1): Yitu Technology has launched its research and development (R&D) centre at Mapletree Business City.

This marks the Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) solutions provider’s first R&D centre in Southeast Asia.

In a press release on Thursday, Yitu says a key focus of the Yitu Singapore R&D Centre in the initial phase will be developing leading edge AI solutions for smart buildings; enhancing natural language and speech processing technologies for commercial applications’ and optimising computer vision methods for medical diagnostics.

7 ways candidates can land their dream job in 2019: Hays

SINGAPORE (Jan 17): Jobseekers this year will need to demonstrate the unique value they can potentially bring to a business, on top of their willingness to adapt to change in the face of multifaceted disruptions, according to recruitment experts Hays. So, here are seven ways to land that coveted role:

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