BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - Fintech is changing the way people borrow, invest and pay for things. But there's another type of technology - most noticeably in China - that's altering the way urban dwellers interact with their living and shopping environments. It's property technology, or proptech - the use of new technologies like big data and machine learning to help individuals and companies buy, sell and manage real estate. According to Jones Lang LaSalle Inc., investment into proptech startups from 2013 to 2017 totalled US$7.8 billion (S$10.6 billion), with China accounting for about 36 per cent of that. In 2018, that figure came to almost US$20 billion, data from market research firm Venture Scanner show. "In China, there is a very dynamic proptech ecosystem, quite mature and advanced at all levels," Jones Lang LaSalle's Asia Chief Executive Officer Anthony Couse said at the firm's first-ever proptech forum in Beijing in May. "Some say we're slow moving, conservative," he said, … [Read more...] about China’s buildings are watching how people shop, cook and steal
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By Kim Severson The New York Times Tues., April 30, 2019 The effect may not yet be obvious in grocery stores and greenmarkets, but behind the organic apples and bags of rice and cans of cherry pie filling are hundreds of thousands of farmers, plant breeders and others in agriculture who are scrambling to keep up with climate change. Drop a pin anywhere on a map of the United States and you’ll find disruption in the fields. Warmer temperatures are extending growing seasons in some areas and sending a host of new pests into others. Some fields are parched with drought, others so flooded that they swallow tractors. Decades-long patterns of frost, heat and rain — never entirely predictable but once reliable enough — have broken down. In regions where the term climate change still meets with skepticism, some simply call the weather extreme or erratic. But most agree that something unusual is happening. “Farming is no different than gambling,” … [Read more...] about From apples to popcorn, climate change is altering the foods America grows
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?