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The Smart City & Future Commerce Convention 2017 is said to be one of the biggest smart city events in Asia for the year. The three-day convention will cover most questions you may have about smart cities. The themes include Green Cities, Smart Cities (IoT & Big Data), and Future Commerce (DFTZ, Logistics, e-commerce), Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology, among others.
Event Date: 7–9 Sept 2017, 10AM – 6PM
Venue: Setia City Convention Centre
Vivy Yusof, clad in a gorgeous silky cream-colored headscarf, doesn’t have time for stereotypes. She’s too busy running a retail empire in her home country of Malaysia, which landed her a spot on FORBES 30 Under 30 Asia list this year.
“I think there’s a misconception there, that Muslim women are oppressed,” says 29-year-old Yusof, who made the decision to wear the hijab a few years ago.
It’s an expensive misconception to have.
The booming modest wear industry is estimated to be worth $368 billion by 2021, making Muslimah-savvy entrepreneurs like Yusof a prescient and profitable force to be reckoned with in the Asian retail space.
Today, her e-commerce platform FashionValet is a major player in Malaysia, and Yusof’s own hijab brand, dUCk, is among the most popular scarves on the global market.
“I feel like women are supposed to go out there, whatever God gives you, your talents, use them for the good of the world. And still look presentable!” A sentiment women around the world can all get behind.
“Back To The Future” is one of the best movies I ever watched. It’s interesting to see how the actors went back to the past which affects the future. I enjoy watching those future technology in the movies. The first episode screened in 1985 and it’s amazing some of future technology in the movies really came true like touch screen tablets, video conferencing and etc.
Recently I got this message forwarded to my company whatsapp group which I want to share to all. Will these future prediction come true or perhaps some already came true? Please comment to share your thoughts.
In a recent interview the MD of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies but Tesla (obvious), Google, Apple, Amazon .
Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.
Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world
Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.
Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.
In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans.
So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.
Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.
Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver’s licence and will never own a car.
It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.
Most car companies will probably become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels.
Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; are completely terrified of Tesla.
Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.
Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.
Electric cars will become mainstream about 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact.
Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can’t last. Technology will take care of that strategy.
With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.
Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breath into it.
It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis, nearly for free. Goodbye, medical establishment.
3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes.
Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.
At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home.
In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.
Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: “in the future, do you think we will have that?” and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner?
If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century.
Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.
Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields.
Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal, is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore. There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labelled as “alternative protein source” (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).
There is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood you’re in. By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when they’re telling the truth and when they’re not.
Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency … Of the world!
Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it’s 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more than one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100.
Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education.
Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child needs to learn at school in First World countries. There have already been releases of software in Indonesia and soon there will be releases in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this summer. I can see enormous potential if we give the English app for free, so that children in Africa and everywhere else can become fluent in English and that could happen within half a year.
Recently one of my good friends approached me about this investment company which offer 100% return in a year. I told him this will be too good to be true. As I googled, indeed there are people commented that it was a scam and I told him to be careful. But he still seem unconvinced and send me more stuff about the company.
Well, there are already so many this kind of scam investment cases in Malaysia. As on 29th April 2017, Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department said the number of cases of investment scams in Malaysia have grown to an “alarming” RM379.1 million lost nationwide from 1,883 scams from 2015 until April 2017. Here are some BIG stories:
- Malaysian involved in RM19 billion forex scam in China – 7th July 2017
- JJPTR which offer 20% return in a month – They say investors in Penang gave a total of RM240,000 to the money games operator but got back only RM30,000 – 3rd July 2017
- Another investment company offer to 40% return per month – But at the end a total of 107 people have claimed to have lost RM6 million – 23rd April 2017
- VenusFX forex scheme syndicate that swindled RM80mil from more than 23,000 victims – 29th March 2017
Please leave your comment to let me know more stories so that more people will be aware.
Now, let’s compare to the return from unit trust fund from various popular unit trust fund companies in Malaysia.
Note: What is a unit trust fund? A Unit Trust Fund consists of a pool of funds collected from a group of investors with similar objectives. This collective investment fund is managed full time by professional fund managers. An investment portfolio typically includes equities, bonds and assets.
Top 10 in 10 years return
|No.||Fund Name||10 Yr Annualised %|
|2||Eastspring Investments Small-cap||14.72|
|3||Affin Hwang Select Asia (Ex Japan) Quantum||14.39|
|5||RHB Emerging Opportunity Unit Trust||11.12|
|4||KAF Vision (formerly known as Alliance Vision)||11.61|
|8||AMB Ethical Trust||10.72|
|7||Kenanga Syariah Growth||10.95|
|6||AMB Dividen Trust||11.01|
|9||Eastspring Investments Dana al-Ilham||10.58|
|10||RHB Smart Balanced||10.42|
|Source: FSM NAV Date: 28/1/2017|
Top 10 in 5 years return
|TOP 10 IN 5 YEARS RETURN – UNIT TRUST FUNDS – JAN 2017|
|No.||Fund Name||5 Yr Annualised %|
|1||Eastspring Investments Small-cap||21.67|
|2||CIMB-Principal Asia Pacific Dynamic Income||16.61|
|3||CIMB-Principal Global Titan||16.40|
|4||TA Global Technology||16.39|
|5||Manulife Investment U.S. Equity||16.17|
|6||Eastspring Investments MY Focus||16.10|
|7||Affin Hwang Select Asia (Ex Japan) Quantum||15.78|
|9||AmSchroder European Equity Alpha||15.36|
|10||RHB Small Cap Opportunity Unit Trust||14.76|
|Source: FSM NAV Date: 28/1/2017|
Even with so many professional fund managers, the best return in around 20% per year. And that is based on the average of 5 years or 10 years of investment.
So you should be skeptical when you hear an investment company which offer you anything more than 20% return per year. Example 100% return per year or 20% return per month. More warning sign especially they told you that the return is ‘guaranteed’. Think about it for a minute. If they guaranteed you 100% return per year, all the banks would invest in it. Just imagine, bank just invest 100 million become 200 million following year. Banks only give a Guaranteed of 3-4% per year for fixed deposit interest. But do you think bank will do that? Surely no. Question is why.