Tom Yam

Tom Yam is a Hong Kong-based management consultant with a doctorate in electrical engineering and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has worked at AT&T, Ernst & Young and IBM.
Tom Yam
Tom Yam is a Hong Kong-based management consultant with a doctorate in electrical engineering and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has worked at AT&T, Ernst & Young and IBM.

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Opinion | Why Lantau reclamation would breed a white elephant, and there’s nothing ‘unavoidable’ about it

The rising tide of voices in favour of large-scale reclamation as the only solution to Hong Kong’s housing crisis is based on skewed numbers and represents the interests of the developer and big business lobby that will profit from the scheme.

21 Aug 2018 - 10:15AM

The rising tide of voices in favour of large-scale reclamation as the only solution to Hong Kong’s housing crisis is based on skewed numbers and represents the interests of the developer and big business lobby that will profit from the scheme.

Why Lantau reclamation would breed a white elephant, and there’s nothing ‘unavoidable’ about it
Why East Lantau Metropolis is yet another conjuring trick by the Hong Kong government
Opposition to creating a  ‘metropolis’ in Hong Kong’s Lantau must be heard
Hong Kong doesn’t need a vast new town rising from the seas off Lantau
Hong Kong’s waste problem: a stinking trail of missed targets, data errors and misdirected efforts
One million people living in a Lantau metropolis: does Hong Kong really want this?
John Nash's 'beautiful mind' opened whole new vista for mathematics

Many mathematicians, including fellow Nobel laureates, have delved further into the game theory he pioneered at the age of only 22.

31 May 2015 - 6:55AM

Many mathematicians, including fellow Nobel laureates, have delved further into the game theory he pioneered at the age of only 22.

John Nash's 'beautiful mind' opened whole new vista for mathematics
Hong Kong's plan to reduce its waste enters the realm of fantasy
Shek Kwu Chau incinerator proposal reflects worry over government power abuse
Taxpayers should not pay more than their fair share for overpriced incinerator

Tomorrow, the Legislative Council's Finance Committee faces a crucial vote on whether to fund the Environment Bureau's mega incinerator to be built on Shek Kwu Chau island.

3 Jul 2014 - 2:58AM

Tomorrow, the Legislative Council's Finance Committee faces a crucial vote on whether to fund the Environment Bureau's mega incinerator to be built on Shek Kwu Chau island.

Taxpayers should not pay more than their fair share for overpriced incinerator
Brain power still the genesis of scientific breakthroughs

Will we ever again see a Newton, a Darwin or an Einstein - scientists who decoded the laws of nature using nothing more than brainpower and a few simple tools? Or can the human mind no longer make fundamental breakthroughs in science without the aid of supercomputers, space missions and enormous expenditure?

9 Feb 2014 - 2:56AM

Will we ever again see a Newton, a Darwin or an Einstein - scientists who decoded the laws of nature using nothing more than brainpower and a few simple tools? Or can the human mind no longer make fundamental breakthroughs in science without the aid of supercomputers, space missions and enormous expenditure?

Brain power still the genesis of scientific breakthroughs
In praise of the low-tech

Writing a science and technology column, you tend to get caught up in the newest or Next Big Thing - Big Data, big discoveries, high-speed trains, high-speed trading. And living in Hong Kong in the Pearl River Delta region of mass production and massive infrastructure, you're immersed in the mentality that bigger is better and hi-tech is best.

26 Jan 2014 - 4:53AM

Writing a science and technology column, you tend to get caught up in the newest or Next Big Thing - Big Data, big discoveries, high-speed trains, high-speed trading. And living in Hong Kong in the Pearl River Delta region of mass production and massive infrastructure, you're immersed in the mentality that bigger is better and hi-tech is best.

In praise of the low-tech
Lessons for US politicians in Nobel winners' efficient markets theories

The irony could not have been more jarring. As the world waited with bated breath while American politicians decided whether to tip the United States into debt default, three American economists were jointly awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics.

20 Oct 2013 - 5:26AM

The irony could not have been more jarring. As the world waited with bated breath while American politicians decided whether to tip the United States into debt default, three American economists were jointly awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Lessons for US politicians in Nobel winners' efficient markets theories
Nobel-winning economists' theory applied to finding a mate
Global warming convert's natural-gas sales push
Technology can unearth mysteries of Henry Tang's 'underground palace'

Will Henry Tang Ying-yen go to jail? The former chief secretary recently resurfaced to talk about the issue that torpedoed his bid to become Hong Kong's chief executive and could land him or his wife in prison: the illegally constructed 2,250 sq ft basement discovered at their home in February last year.

13 Jan 2013 - 4:59AM

Will Henry Tang Ying-yen go to jail? The former chief secretary recently resurfaced to talk about the issue that torpedoed his bid to become Hong Kong's chief executive and could land him or his wife in prison: the illegally constructed 2,250 sq ft basement discovered at their home in February last year.

Technology can unearth mysteries of Henry Tang's 'underground palace'
Tapping the ocean's inexhaustible store of solar and lunar energy
Little is new in latest cyberspy drama

Edward Snowden's exposé of cavalier cyberspying by the US and Britain is neither explosive nor even surprising. Intelligence-gathering on friend and foe using the most advanced technology of the day to protect national interest or achieve strategic advantage is as old as the Trojan wars. What his whistle-blowing does highlight is how technology in our digital age has changed the scale of the spying, with "big data" becoming "big brother". But we knew that already, didn't we?

30 Jun 2013 - 4:07AM

Edward Snowden's exposé of cavalier cyberspying by the US and Britain is neither explosive nor even surprising. Intelligence-gathering on friend and foe using the most advanced technology of the day to protect national interest or achieve strategic advantage is as old as the Trojan wars. What his whistle-blowing does highlight is how technology in our digital age has changed the scale of the spying, with "big data" becoming "big brother". But we knew that already, didn't we?

Little is new in latest cyberspy drama
Alexander Graham Bell: more than Mr Telephone
Book review: The Human Face of Big Data, by Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt

The accumulation and analysis of zettabytes of data does not lend itself to narrating on a human scale to non-techies (and for non-techies, a zettabyte is 1 followed by 21 zeros).

24 Feb 2013 - 6:33PM

The accumulation and analysis of zettabytes of data does not lend itself to narrating on a human scale to non-techies (and for non-techies, a zettabyte is 1 followed by 21 zeros).

Book review: The Human Face of Big Data, by Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt
China's high-speed-rail programme a case of too far, too fast

China announced its plan to build an express rail network in 2004; three years later, commercial high-speed trains began running on the first line, between Shenyang and Qinhuangdao in the northeast. Construction of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line commenced in April 2008 and commercial service less than three years later.

25 Aug 2013 - 4:58AM

China announced its plan to build an express rail network in 2004; three years later, commercial high-speed trains began running on the first line, between Shenyang and Qinhuangdao in the northeast. Construction of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line commenced in April 2008 and commercial service less than three years later.

China's high-speed-rail programme a case of too far, too fast
An incinerator isn't our only choice
How machines' speech recognition capability has been evolving

In the rapidly developing technology of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), machines are "hearing" and understanding spoken language, and performing actions on verbal commands.

14 Apr 2013 - 2:16AM

In the rapidly developing technology of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), machines are "hearing" and understanding spoken language, and performing actions on verbal commands.

How machines' speech recognition capability has been evolving
What the chicken game teaches us about the fiscal cliff
Zhang Yitang is proof that for mathematicians, life begins at 40

No mathematician should ever allow himself to forget that mathematics, more than any art or science, is a young man's game," the British mathematician G.H. Hardy wrote in A Mathematician's Apology. But the older guys are now catching up.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:37AM

No mathematician should ever allow himself to forget that mathematics, more than any art or science, is a young man's game," the British mathematician G.H. Hardy wrote in A Mathematician's Apology. But the older guys are now catching up.

Zhang Yitang is proof that for mathematicians, life begins at 40