Lin See Yan

Recent and archived articles by Lin See Yan

1 Jun 2019 | 7:00 AM

AI: A disruptive technology that brings benefits

Today, practitioners of artificial intelligence (AI) have become technology world’s rock stars. “Deep learning” (a more fashionable branch of AI), which uses natural networks to churn through volumes of big data looking for patterns that is inspired by the activity of layers of neurons in the brain, has proven to be in high demand to help build software, particularly for the companies collectively known as FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google).

11 May 2019 | 7:00 AM

Two NPC sessions in China

What are we to do? by Lin See-Yan
UNLIKE the consultations last year, the 2019 annual sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in early March (two sessions) was sobering in setting the tone for economic policies in 2019 and beyond.

Vast network: A high-speed bullet train travels past a rapeseed or canola field in Haian, Jiangsu province. By the end of 2018, China’s high-speed railway network had reached 29,000 km, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the world’s total. — Reuters
27 Apr 2019 | 7:00 AM

Gen Z turns to socialismto change the world

AS we move deeper into the 21st century, a new generation has emerged today to take over. It’s Generation Z, which includes persons born between 1995 and 2002 – also termed iGen by US psychologist Jean Marie Twenge, author of the bestselling: “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood – and What That Means for the Rest of Us.”

20 Apr 2019 | 7:00 AM

Fintech shows the way forward

THE Perdana Leadership Foundation’s CEO Forum 2019 was held on April 4 with the theme: “Accelerating the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Malaysia.”

6 Apr 2019 | 7:00 AM

Ageing Japan defies demographics

JUST returned from a brief trip to Sapporo.

23 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

Woman’s role in the age of AI and robotics

“Women hold up half the sky,” Mao Zedong once said.

Employ more women: Former Fed chairman Janet Yellen concludes that the way to fix ideological bias in economics is to recruit more women. — AP
16 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

New risks amid global tumult and trauma

What Are We To Do? - By Lin See-Yan
OVER the course of my 60-year career, with the exception of the 2008 financial crisis, I have not seen the public and private sectors buffeted by so much risk. Today’s new risks are not financial, but they are unprecedented in their character, not just their scope.

Low risk: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the financial district of New York City. The Fed is optimistic that the US economy will slow down this year but that recession risks are low. — Reuters
9 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Too much debt and too little financial discipline

THE world is flushed with debt – right now nearly US$250 trillion, up 8% from a year ago. This level, according to the Institute of International Finance (IIF), is three times what it was two decades ago and relative to GDP, global debt exceeded 318%.

12 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Flashing new warning signs: Is global recession looming?

HOLIDAYS are a good time to think about what’s going to happen in 2019.

Shaping eurozone: The euro sculpture in front of the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt. Prospects for Europe will be shaped by the ECB’s decision to end its multitrillion euro bond buying programme that it began in 2015. — Reuters
31 Dec 2018 | 7:00 AM

Setting Paris pact into action – too little, too late?

THE Paris Accord’15 is really a good faith deal – one that relies on cooperation and collaboration to be effective.

Multilateral solutions (From left) Iran’s head of delegation Majid Shafiepour Motlagh, China’s head of delegation Xie Zhenhua and COP24 president Michal Kurtyka smiling after adopting the final agreement during a closing session of the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018. — Reuters