Future of AI, apps may be hatched in Philippines, Acer boss says

Cathy Yang, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 09 2018 10:30 AM

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MANILA - The next killer application could be hatched in the Philippines, with a young population and the country's status as a world outsourcing capital providing fertile ground for the rise of artificial intelligence, an Acer official said.

Human should not fear AI, as machines need humans to write the computer codes that run them, said Maverick Shih, president of the Taiwanese tech company's cloud unit.

"The experience, the know-how, where is the pinpoint that becomes the important component for the future of AI, killer apps," Shih said. "That's what I see. This is one of the advantages for the Philippines."

The government had urged the BPO industry to shift to artificial intelligence, as machines threaten to replace some tasks. The sector employs some 1.15 million people.

In an exclusive interview with ANC's The Boss, Shih said humans could be replaced by machines "if (they) keep doing the same thing."

He likened riding the AI wave to the 2016 film "Hidden Figures," where three NASA scientists mastered the use of a super computer.

Shih noted the rise of Asia in the technology space, eclipsing California's Silicon Valley.

Aside from Acer, Taiwan is also home to HTC, whose mobile phone business was bought by Google last year. HTC manufactures Google's Pixel phone line.

In neighboring Shenzhen, China, companies like Huawei, Oppo and Vivo are producing phones with features comparable or even greater than Apple's iPhones, but at lower prices.

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