Artificial intelligence is big no matter where you are in the world, and some of the largest companies in Asia are making significant investments in AI technology. But heavy-hitters like Baidu and Alibaba aren't alone.
Microfinance has been widely recognized as an important strategy for lifting people out of poverty. Rather than throwing money at people’s problems, so to speak, you give them a loan so they can build a business, generate income, create stability for their families. But the solution doesn’t end there.
The lack of women in tech has been a talking point for several years now, but some people are beginning to realize that the long-term solution lies in changing cultural attitudes entirely. And nowhere are these attitudes more prevalent than in Asia – where boys have been traditionally encouraged to pursue STEM subjects by their families, in many cases at the expense of their sisters.
Transportation infrastructures today rely heavily on private car ownership. Policy makers believe radical innovation in this sector is needed to move it to a more sustainable system of mobility. An mobility services infrastructure would be required that would allow smart city residents to move away from private ownership to a combination of car-sharing and public transport.
At the Singapore Writers Festival, Mrs Khanna will speak on a panel on "The Future Of Work", together with social entrepreneur and Nominated Member of Parliament Kuik Shiao-Yin as well as Future-Moves Group CEO Devadas Krishnadas. Mrs Khanna describes the future worker as a "tech-literate, creative thinker adept at cross-cultural collaboration".
The industries of the future will require people creative and innovative enough to work with technology, not be replaced by it. And workers will need resilience and grit, because failure, more often than not, is part of the innovation process. Externships lie precisely at the intersection of play and rigor, which is where innovation thrives.
As the Founder of coding school ’21C Girls’ and upskilling hub ‘The Keys Academy’, this education expert is helping spawn the next generation of tech-minded Millennials. "The future belongs to those who embody both the qualities of homo sapiens, man who knows; and homo faber, man who makes. In my mind, that is the definition of a smart citizen in a smart nation.”