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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 ...

  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 ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT YOU LIKED

    What you liked, August 2, 2014

    Posted Aug 02nd 2014, 04:42am by STAFF

    ... the six-part multimedia series See more exclusive photos of the Chinese Labour Corps     ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Balance and blame over asymmetric war in Gaza

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 04:26am by Debasish Roy Chowdhury

    ... disproportionate.  In 2006, one Israeli soldier’s abduction by Hamas triggered a series of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip that cost hundreds of civilian lives. The same year, when Hezbollah seized ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - TALKING POINTS

    Talking points

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 04:13am by STAFF

    ... in the US city of Las Vegas. The event attracts thousands of fans of the franchise and is always attended by numerous actors from the different Star Trek series. Highlights of this year's convention include the attendance of five "captains" from the series and films: William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Bruce Greenwood. ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Titillation takes on a new taste in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 05:10am by Hari Kumar

    ... seems to be the flavour of the season for some cable channels. Discovery last year unveiled a new survival-in-the-wild series called Naked and Afraid. In this, pairs of contestants try ... other, clothes or no clothes. Not to be outdone, New York-based cable channel VH1 started airing its own Dating Naked series recently. The idea being the participants know what they are getting ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong needs to outlaw growing practice of upskirting

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 12:30pm by SU-MEI THOMPSON, LISA MOORE

    ... and advocacy manager at The Women's Foundation. This article is part of a monthly series on gender issues developed in collaboration with the foundation ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Comment - Blogs

    You people from X are all so Y: The challenge of localising Chinese comedy

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 06:01pm by Jesse Appell

    ... joke is really a series of Mad Libs. Traditional Xiangsheng performers have been localizing their shows for decades. I once performed a Xiangsheng piece where I sung a short bit of 吕剧, ...




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