Sameer Singh from joined us to reflect on major themes that have been ongoing in the technology space from messaging apps to self-driving cars. In the first part, we discussed Facebook’s recent F8 announcements on their new chatbots platform and video livestreaming. From there, we analyzed the implications of Facebook’s announcements and examined how it will impact Asia from video advertising to messaging apps, thus foreshadowing an upcoming showdown between Asian messaging apps, such as WeChat and LINE. Finally, we dissected the different business models behind artificial intelligence companies and how they will play a role in the technology space from the US to Asia.

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Analyse Asia with Bernard Leong is a weekly podcast dedicated to the pulse of technology, business & media in Asia. They interview thought leaders and leading industry players and gain their insights to how we perceive and understand the market. Analyse Asia is a content partner of TechNode.

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  • Sameer Singh from [1:10]
  • Facebook F8 Announcements and its impact to Asia [1:31]
    • What are the major themes from recent Facebook F8 announcements? [1:41]
      • Video Livestreaming
      • Chatbots
    • Does the F8 announcements impact the company from the near term, middle term or far in the future? [3:07]
    • What are chat bots and how do they work? [3:29]
    • Conversational UI vs Asia Messaging Apps in Asia: WeChat, LINE and Kakao Talk. [4:25]
      • How are they distinguished from apps on mobile? [4:30]
      • Wechat Official Accounts and how it distinguish from Facebook’s conversation UI [6:10]
      • Why did Facebook adopt conversational UI instead of adopting Wechat’s platform approach? [7:15]
      • Watson from IBM as an example of chatbot on banking sites in Asia [7:50]
    • What’s the path to victory for chat bots and apps? [10:30]
    • Why do Facebook use chatbots where the UI is not working in the emerging markets? [12:00]
    • Messaging app as a platform vs conversational B2C communication. [13:50]
    • The weakness of Asia messaging apps with artificial intelligence. [16:22]
    • What is Facebook is doing in video and live streaming? [16:45]
      • Facebook Videos: Live Fast, Die Young (Source: TheInformation)
      • Implications to Facebook livestreaming to video advertising and virtual reality. [21:50]
  • Artificial Intelligence [22:52]
    • Artificial intelligence are entering into devices and products, for example, iPhone – Siri, Echo – Alexa, Google – Google Now, Baidu.
    • How does business leverage AI as part of their business model? [23:32]

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