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Thursday, July 20, 2017

THIS August 24 to 25 will be the next date to look forward to for Geeks on a Beach (GOAB). This event is on its 5th year that is organized by Fil-Am balikbayan, Tina Amper. Tina Amper went to study and work in Silicon Valley. A few years ago, she returned to the Philippines.

With ample connections, and a tech startup mindset and experience, she organized Techtalks.ph and proceeded to mount startup pitch conventions over the last few years. Once a year, she invites venture capitalists, not only from the United States, but also from all over Asia to attend the GOAB conference.

During GOAB, more than 300 people (including well over half a hundred from outside the country, and mainly investors, and tech managers from all over Asia Pacific, Europe and United States) gather for two to three days to share notes, and have fun. There has been a number of documented business joint ventures that resulted from these meeting of the minds.

GOAB 2017 in Palawan

I have attended the last four conferences (twice in Boracay, once in Cebu, and once in Bohol), and I would heartily recommend this, especially at this time when it will be held on the world’s most beautiful island, Palawan. GOAB is not all attended by geeks as entrepreneurs, and the not-so-techie people are starting to attend.
For more information of the event you may visit www.GeeksOnABeach.com for more details or contact hello@geeksonabeach.com to sign up for the upcoming conference.

Self-driving cars

Meanwhile, there are some updates on what is probably a very carefully followed technology-- self-driving cars.

I have seen samples of these in Japan which also announced that taxis without drivers will be on the road serving participants for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

This is a matter of pride for Japan, since they had the epochal introduction of the Shinkansen bullet train which first debuted during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

According to the latest news, the US House of Representatives are now introducing new legislation that would hasten the development and deployment of self-driving cars, eliminating whatever impediments to its widespread use.

The legislation hopes to offer reduced requirements for the first 100,000 self-driving vehicles, as well as prohibiting each individual state from establishing additional regulations that is not consistent with the national laws.

On another news, it was reported that Microsoft has partnered with Baidu, China’s biggest search engine to help the development of self-driving cars in China.

Baidu is in the forefront of AI, and Baidu CEO Robin Li was spotted in Beijing in a self-driving car with his hands off the wheel, thus demonstrating the maturity of the development.

Let us keep our fingers crossed. Having self driving cars can save the world millions of hours everyday by having the computers do something for us and freeing us to read books, or do something else instead of keeping our eyes on the road.

Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on July 21, 2017.

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