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  1. Business - Comment - THE VIEW

    End of the line for China's low cost manufacturing model?

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 12:01am by Cathy Holcombe

    ... Cathy Holcombe If low-end production can be done by robots, developing nations might have to skip China's export model and jump straight to a service economy End of the line? ... instead of man. In this line of thinking, China is not only the last in- it is helping to close the gate by contributing to an overinvestment bubble in robots. When China invests heavily ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1557109/end-line-chinas-low-cost-manufacturing-model
  2. Comment - Blogs - FILM

    Fat Godzilla, Caucasian samurai and giant robots- The Asianisation of Hollywood films

    Posted May 02nd 2014, 05:00pm by Jeremy Blum

    ... saw not one, not two, but three films featuring Japanese elements. The first, Pacific Rim, was a movie with giant robots fighting monsters, a direct homage to 1970’s anime like Mazinger Z. ... fares well at the box office, it’s likely that Hollywood will continue mining Asian concepts for feature films. Avi Arad, producer of the Spider-Man series, has already announced his desire ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1502565/fat-godzilla-caucasian-samurai-and-giant-robots-asianisation-hollywood
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Rise of the workplace robots makes humans increasingly redundant

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 12:44pm by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Kevin Rafferty says estimates of devastating job losses in a range of sectors should make us sit up Rise of the workplace robots makes humans increasingly redundant A callow ... mathematician Alan Turing in his 1950 paper "Computing machinery and intelligence". It is proving to be a landmark year for robots; perhaps less so for humans. This month also, Japan's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1541549/rise-workplace-robots-makes-humans-increasingly-redundant
  4. Comment - Blogs

    Transformers: Age of Extinction is a terrible film, but hilarious to watch as a Hongkonger

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 04:09pm by Jeremy Blum

    ... formula specifically designed to appeal to 17-year-old boys: explosions, scantily-clad young women and hokey plots that eventually devolve into robot porn. Such has been the norm for the past ... of Extinction 's plot revolves around government espionage over the awkwardly named element "Transformium", which just so happens to be the genetic material that makes up the series ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1546529/transformers-age-extinction-terrible-movie-hilarious-watch-hongkonger
  5. News - China

    Labour arbitration law could have prevented worker's suicide

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 05:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... death underscores the urgent need to pass these regulations Zeng Feiyang, labour activist Zhou was one of 109 workers fired in three batches by the factory following a series of strikes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1559363/labour-arbitration-law-could-have-prevented-workers-suicide
  6. Comment - Letters

    Insurance industry failing to look after customers' interests

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 04:39am by LETTERS

    ... are nothing short of horrifying. Every insurance company has staff and executive bonus schemes that pay out when the company meets a series of "alpha-male" targets such as growth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1558449/insurance-industry-failing-look-after-customers-interests
  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Trees just the start for axe swinging needed at West Kowloon arts hub

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 12:21am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp It's been a sorry performance from the start, and now with greenery sacrificed to budget cuts, it’s time for the final cut at West Kowloon Keep swinging the axe at art hub after chopping trees The urban forest rivalling New York's Central Park that was to have graced the West Kowloon Cultural District is reduced to a series of lawns under ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1557771/trees-just-start-axe-swinging-needed-west-kowloon-arts-hub
  8. Comment - Blogs

    Lenovo expands into smart devices

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 04:43pm by Doug Young

    ... inability to be satisfied with the status quo has helped propel it to the world's top PC maker through a series of acquisitions over the last few years, making it one of China's best known ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1558225/lenovo-expands-smart-devices
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China, neighbours must discuss disputes

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 05:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... disputes are concerned, negotiations are always preferable to unilateral actions. A series of actions in the South and East China seas in the past year have battered China's international ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1557100/talks-best-way-china-and-neighbours-resolve-territorial
  10. Comment - Letters

    Mega Events Fund helps city deal with fierce competition

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:59am by LETTERS

    ... to such challenges. Looking ahead, a series of measures have been and will be introduced to improve the fund's operation. The government will consider the way forward for the Mega Events Fund before its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1556745/mega-events-fund-helps-city-deal-fierce-competition

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