The World Health Organisation is to include “gaming disorder”, the inability to stop gaming, into the International Classification of Diseases. By doing so, the WHO is recognising the serious and growing problem of digital addiction.
This article is a reader’s contribution to Crossing. It explores the environmental pollution caused by the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, one of Taiwan’s most famous tourist attractions. What can be done to create a win-win situation for the environment and the tourism industry?
Notes from a Small Island meets Eat Pray Love on the Tropic of Cancer, Formosa Moon is a dual-voiced cultural exploration around Taiwan undertaken by Joshua Samuel Brown (a long-time resident and author of three other books on Taiwan) and Stephanie Huffman (a first-time visitor who’s reluctantly agreed to relocate sight unseen), a sneak excerpt of which to kick off our featured #Taiwander submission series.
For many people whose jobs primarily involve routine tasks, artificial intelligence can seem like a terrifying threat. That especially applies to taxi drivers as AI-powered self-driven cars take to the roads. Is there a way out for them?
Named by the Discovery Channel as one of the top three religious festivals in the world, the Dajia Mazu holy pilgrimage attracts large numbers of people of Chinese descent from abroad and foreign travelers alike. What makes the Mazu pilgrimage so special and fascinating that participants keep walking, determined to never look back, even when they have painful blisters on their feet?
When Morris Chang returned as CEO in 2009, his first major decision was to double TSMC's capital cost to 5.9 billion US dollars, leading TSMC to create the 28-nanometer process miracle, to snatch away 80% of the market, and to win over Globalfoundries. With Chang at the helm, TSMC's stock price increased by 237% with a market value increase of NT 3.3 trillion. Yet, after seven years of legendary leadership, he vowed to make a clean break with TSMC in June. What will TSMC's future be without Morris Chang?
Four years ago, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi entered the Indian market, where it went up against the seemingly impenetrable market leader Samsung. In just two years, it became the leading smartphone brand in India, commanding over 30 percent market share. What lessons does Xiaomi’s sweeping success have for Taiwanese firms?