Welcome to my blog. I write about my work, the thought leaders I meet and the ideas that inspire me. Henrik Bork
While everybody is crazy about robots, Toyota is taking a different approach to automation. It has brought back workers to some production lines that had previously been completely automated. It was a pleasure for me to meet with Mitsuru Kawai, Vice President of Toyota, who explained why.
He recently watched iQIYI go public on the Nasdaq, raising US$2.25 billion. The company is often called “China´s Netflix”. But Gong Yu´s ambitions are bigger. He wants to disrupt the ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY and build “China´s Disney”.
Japan´s celebrated tech pioneer is developing a new robot that he says will take our hearts by storm. It can´t talk, but is packed with ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, pleasant to touch and so cute that few will be able to resist its charme.
Zhang Ruimin, the widely respected CEO of Haier, once famously took up a sledgehammer to destroy brand-new refrigerators - to teach his shocked workers a lesson about quality. Now he has put Haier on a path of DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION that is equally radical.
About Henrik Bork
He is the founder of Asia Waypoint, a communications consulting and research company and of Lychee.com, a travel tech startup in Beijing. A former foreign correspondent in China and Japan, he loves to talk to people and write down what they say.