'Crazy Rich Asians' and the immense pressure to feel seen


Recently, the LA Times asked me to name the first time I saw myself represented onscreen. The answer I gave the interviewer was long and winding and delved into the many different ways I have and haven't seen myself at the movies – demographically, relationally, emotionally. By the time it got to print, though, it had been pared down to nine words: "I don't know that I've ever had the experience." After decades of little to no Asian representation in American pop culture, we find ourselves now in a veritable boom. The Meg, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and Searching are all out this month; Bao and Kim's Convenience hit last month; Killing Eve is up for Emmys next month; and Fresh Off the Boat is back the month after that.

Microsoft to Invest in Southeast Asian Ride-Hailing Firm Grab


Before Tuesday's deal, it raised $2 billion in 2018, led by Toyota Motor Corp and financial firms, including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital. Singapore-headquartered Grab has taken its ride-hailing business to 235 cities in eight countries in Southeast Asia in the past six years. It is looking to transform itself into a leading consumer technology group, offering services such as food and parcel deliveries, electronic money transfers, micro-loans and mobile payments, besides ride-hailing. Grab will work with Microsoft to explore mobile facial recognition, image recognition and computer vision technologies to improve the pick-up experience, the companies said in a statement on Tuesday. For example, passengers will be able to take a photo of their current location and have it translated into an actual address for the driver.

NIST Face Recognition Study Finds That Algorithms Vary Greatly, Biases Tend to Be Regional


The use of face recognition software by governments is a current topic of controversy around the globe. The world's major powers, primarily the United States and China, have made major advances in both development and deployment of this technology in the past decade. Both the US and China have been exporting this technology to other countries. The rapid spread of facial recognition systems has alarmed privacy advocates concerned about the increased ability of governments to profile and track people, as well as private companies like Facebook tying it to intimately detailed personal profiles. A recent study by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that examines facial recognition software vendors has found that there is definitely some merit to claims of racial bias and poor levels of accuracy in specific demographics.

China surges ahead of US in AI startup funding- Nikkei Asian Review


Chinese companies won nearly half of all funding for AI startups last year, vaulting past the U.S. and firmly establishing the country as a global leader in the field.

KT and Nuance to co-develop voice recognition service for cars


KT and Nuance will co-develop voice recognition service for use in cars aimed at South Korea, the companies have announced. The Korean telco will able to use voice recognition engine of Nuance, known for providing its solution for Apple's Siri, under the partnership. Dragon Drive is currently in used by BMW, Audi, Hyundai and Toyota's some 200 million cars. Just Talk allows drivers to use voice recognition without needing to press buttons. KT will also adopt the technologies behind these services to its own AI platform Giga Genie.