A Bilibili concert in Shanghai last year featured a mix of performances by human and virtual idols. Photo: Handout
Artificial intelligence
Beijing city eyes US$7.5 billion virtual human industry that uses Web3 tech
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The Beijing government is eyeing a US$7.5 billion business centred around virtual humans, computer-generated digital avatars used in content production, including their use in popular city tourist attractions.

A Bilibili concert in Shanghai last year featured a mix of performances by human and virtual idols. Photo: Handout
Beijing city eyes US$7.5 billion virtual human industry that uses Web3 tech

The Beijing government is eyeing a US$7.5 billion business centred around virtual humans, computer-generated digital avatars used in content production, including their use in popular city tourist attractions.

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Outside view of a Li Auto EV dealership in Shanghai, July 2021. Photo: Shutterstock Images
Fund behind Li Auto’s early EV success scouts for next visionary start-ups

Future Capital founder and CEO Huang Mingming, who was the first institutional investor to back Chinese EV start-up Li Auto, is on the lookout for entrepreneurs with a Midas touch.

7 Aug 2022 - 3:00PM
Alibaba
Alibaba and partners to redevelop AXA Tower into Singapore’s tallest tower

Alibaba is working with a group of investors and developers including the Perennial group to redevelop the 50-storey AXA Tower in Tanjong Pagar into Singapore’s tallest building.

Alibaba is working with a group of investors and developers including the Perennial group to redevelop the 50-storey AXA Tower in Tanjong Pagar into Singapore’s tallest building.

8 Aug 2022 - 12:01PM
E-commerce
China’s pandemic e-commerce shift empties out once-booming clothing markets

Shanghai’s Qipu Road Clothing Market has seen traffic plummet during the pandemic, as merchants weigh new trends like live-streaming e-commerce against concerns about competing with clients.

Shanghai’s Qipu Road Clothing Market has seen traffic plummet during the pandemic, as merchants weigh new trends like live-streaming e-commerce against concerns about competing with clients.

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Taiwanese tech firms seek insulation from geopolitical tensions
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Fintech giant Ant’s profit contribution to Alibaba falls for first time
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Analysis | Tencent’s music-streaming dominance endures despite end of exclusive deals

Small app operators still face an uphill battle to challenge Tencent’s lead in China’s vast music-streaming market.

Small app operators still face an uphill battle to challenge Tencent’s lead in China’s vast music-streaming market.

27 Jul 2021 - 12:01AM
Alibaba CEO says record antitrust fine made the company ‘more thoughtful’

In a public letter to shareholders, Daniel Zhang Yong said that the e-commerce giant needs to give more thought to how it creates positive value for society.

In a public letter to shareholders, Daniel Zhang Yong said that the e-commerce giant needs to give more thought to how it creates positive value for society.

15 Oct 2021 - 10:46AM
China had never said no to a tech merger until this one

Analysts say blocked merger may force Tencent to sell off its stake in one of the two streaming companies, given ongoing antitrust regulation risks.

Analysts say blocked merger may force Tencent to sell off its stake in one of the two streaming companies, given ongoing antitrust regulation risks.

15 Oct 2021 - 10:47AM

Tech | OPINION

The Hong Kong Science Park in Sha Tin. Photo: K. Y. Cheng
Opinion | Technology key to achieving Xi’s four goals for Hong Kong

Ensuring Xi Jinping’s proposals become reality will require tech-driven innovation. Steps include improving data-sharing for more informed policymaking, expanding our world-class universities to create new opportunities for work and study, and beginning work in earnest on the Northern Metropolis.

16 Jul 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | How China’s national computing network will be a game changer

In a world where computing might equates to real power, Beijing’s ambitious plan will do more than lift its lagging west. It will allow it to cut carbon emissions, improve the digital economy infrastructure, and boost its military and national security.

In a world where computing might equates to real power, Beijing’s ambitious plan will do more than lift its lagging west. It will allow it to cut carbon emissions, improve the digital economy infrastructure, and boost its military and national security.

16 Jun 2022 - 2:17AM
How China’s national computing network will be a game changer
Opinion | China’s strict Covid-19 control measures leave nation’s middle class deflated

On China’s internet, ‘run’ – as in, flee the country – gained momentum as the word of the year after Shanghai was put under a draconian Covid-19 lockdown.

On China’s internet, ‘run’ – as in, flee the country – gained momentum as the word of the year after Shanghai was put under a draconian Covid-19 lockdown.

17 May 2022 - 7:00AM
China’s strict Covid-19 control measures leave nation’s middle class deflated
The Hong Kong Science Park in Sha Tin. Photo: K. Y. Cheng
Opinion | Technology key to achieving Xi’s four goals for Hong Kong
16 Jul 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | How China’s national computing network will be a game changer

In a world where computing might equates to real power, Beijing’s ambitious plan will do more than lift its lagging west. It will allow it to cut carbon emissions, improve the digital economy infrastructure, and boost its military and national security.

16 Jun 2022 - 2:17AM

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