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Interview|Shang Hailong: Hong Kong is so convenient that scientific research lags behind and advocates government procurement to help innovation and technology start

2022-11-29T23:21:48.389Z

The by-election for the electoral committee of the Legislative Council will be held on December 18 (Sunday), with six contestants competing for four seats. Shang Hailong, the general manager of the science and technology company "SenseTime" who is a self-proclaimed "political amateur" for the first time, accepts an exclusive interview with "Hong Kong 01"



The by-election for the electoral committee of the Legislative Council will be held on December 18 (Sunday), with six contestants competing for four seats.

Shang Hailong, the general manager of the technology company "SenseTime" who is a self-proclaimed "political amateur" for the first time, accepted an exclusive interview with "Hong Kong 01" and talked about the development of scientific research in Hong Kong: "Hong Kong is too convenient, and there is no urgency for the application of new technologies. I missed a few wave of technological development.”


He also pointed out that the government's lagging behind in the application of technology is "somewhat unimaginable". He suggested that the authorities provide a clear blueprint for scientific research development, keep abreast of the development trend of innovation and technology in the world, implement first-hand trials, and provide a market for start-ups to develop.


Shang Hailong: Society has no urgency to adopt new technologies

Shang Hailong praised that Hong Kong is a place where East meets West and excellent teachers: "The universities in Hong Kong are so good that they enjoy the opportunity to combine East and West. The professors hired by several universities are at least "QS" ("QS World University Rankings") ) Top 100, well-known professor." He also compared the subway designs of Hong Kong and Beijing, saying that life in Hong Kong is very convenient: "The MTR system is very good, and you can transfer on the same platform. Everyone who has been to Beijing knows that , Transferring is not a simple matter, if you have a chance, you have to go back.”

Hong Kong is too convenient and stable, but slow Shang Hailong

He said: "Traditional technology is too powerful, and the use of new technology is relatively conservative. Hong Kong is too convenient, and there is no urgency for the application of new technology. Without urgency, there is no scene. The government is not a promising and aggressive (aggressive) A government using technology."

Shang Hailong believes that Hong Kong's innovation and technology industry needs a business ecosystem: "SME (Small and Medium Enterprises, small and medium-sized enterprises) alone have no chance. They need money, technology, and space. Hong Kong's rent is very expensive." Its market share is very low, and its GDP is less than 1%. He said bluntly, "Becoming a pillar industry? It is difficult."

The Hong Kong government's lagging behind in technology application frankly: "It's unimaginable"

Among them, Shang Hailong specifically mentioned that the government’s lagging behind in the application of technology is “somewhat unimaginable”. He believes that this is related to the government’s resource allocation and policy efficiency: “An amount invested this year (in the Budget) may be released next year.” There are changes, there is a chance of appreciation, there is a chance of depreciation, and there is a great chance of depreciation, so how can you help people have a glass of water to drink when they are so thirsty? (Is there any?) No mistake, a sense of gain.” He gave an example, Citizens can receive consumer vouchers through electronic wallets: "You can get it even if the process is too complicated, and everyone thinks it is easy to enter." He believes that the Hong Kong government should take a step forward and lead to accelerate market development: "Every department Everyone must have their own roadmap, and their departments must be smart first, and they must first talk about "making Hong Kong a smart city (smart city)"!"

Govt to come up with smart city timetable and roadmap

However, in the new Policy Address, the Hong Kong government promised to build a smart Hong Kong. It boasted that government services will be fully electronicized in two years. How can the Hong Kong government achieve this seemingly unattainable goal? How to help science and technology companies seize opportunities?

Shang Hailong believes that the government must hand over a clear guideline: "The Innovation and Technology Industry Bureau must have its own development blueprint. In the past, there were smart city 1.0 (smart city 1.0) and blueprint (blueprint) 2.0, but you (the government) have to Its timetable and roadmap are drawn out to let citizens know how various departments can help them, or to describe the development of the city of Hong Kong more clearly.”

As for when the goal of "smart city" or "smart government" can be achieved, Shang Hailong said bluntly: "Look at the determination." He pointed out that the new government's proposal of KPI (performance indicators) is a big change, which means that all departments must face assessments, and some people must "Yu Fei", he refers to how much oppression and environmental needs there are, and how much motivation there will be: "After the epidemic, I switched to Zoom and Webinar to go to class, and I basically got used to the sun in a month. Even children and teachers are used to physical meetings (physical meetings) Meetings) or physical (entity) classes, he can adapt to Zoom.”

Increase the intensity of public supervision and "try first" to allow start-ups to gain experience

However, he said frankly that the duration of scientific research and development plans is generally longer: "But I don't know who will be in the government after five years, so civil servants are used to the culture of 'do less and make less mistakes': 'After five years, this is the first year. Don’t drive in a hurry.” Shang Hailong emphasized that the government should allow citizens to monitor the progress of the plan, and observe any disharmony between accountable officials and civil servants, between decision-making and implementation.

He said that after being elected, he will provide professional and specific advice to the government with a third-party voice, guide the feasible development direction of innovation and technology, and prevent the government from having a pendulum effect and wasting years.

He said that after being elected, he would prevent the government from having a pendulum effect and wasting years.

(Photo by Ou Jiale)

Shang Hailong emphasized that many social problems in Hong Kong, such as youth employment, population aging, housing supply, etc., are closely related to the application of technology. Strategy: "Try first with data, and with data, first with feedback (feedback) and upgrade (upgrade). If a local company can get the first showcase and the first contract in Hong Kong, its development will be accelerated. Only landing , you will know the shortcomings of this product first." He said that the small scale of local enterprises stems from the lack of opportunities to "try first" and believes that a "promising" government must be closely connected with an "effective" market to open up the blueprint of a smart city , echo each other.

The candidates for the Legislative Council by-election are Shang Hailong, He Jingkang, Huang Jinhui, Li Guangyu, Chen Yongguang and Huang Ziqian.

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Source: hk1

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