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NT$30 Million Spent on System Codification

Why Are Foreign Visitors Still Getting Lost on Taipei’s MRT System?

How is “Yongan Market” pronounced? Foreigners not conversant in Chinese could easily mistake the phonetic spelling for a phrase in Mandarin that could cause significant embarrassment, and still end up missing their station as well. For people who are lost in the Taipei Metro system, proper spelling is more important than assigning a code to each station.

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g0v Summit 2018

Rise of the Haters, Preventing Fake News

Is giving everyone a voice through technology the ultimate manifestation of democracy? The third g0v Summit on civic engagement through technology invited guests from the global tech realm to address such related topics as open government and combating fake news, demonstrating that there are no quick fixes for technology in relation to democracy.

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4 Artists + 9 Hidden Champions

This Mechanical Flower Symbolizes Taiwan’s Soft Power

The Taichung World Flora Exposition opened on Nov. 3, and its centerpiece is a 15-meter tall mechanical flower. The creation of innovative artists and nine suppliers, it symbolizes Taiwan’s soft power and a sea change in its manufacturing sector.

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Taiwan’s Tourism Challenge

Opinion: Sign Designs for Global Travelers

Designing signs and services at tourist attractions that resonate with visitors from different countries can be a real challenge, and using English alone may not be enough. How can services be designed so that they are easily accessible to everyone?

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Taiwanese Style—Designing Sustainable Soft Power

How Taiwanese Design Can Stem the Korean Tide

Korean popular culture has swept across Asia in recent years, proving to be tremendously lucrative from period costume TV dramas to K-Pop. Aside from becoming obsessed with “Oppa” and wearing “authentic Korean” accessories, what do you think of when you consider what Taiwan has to offer? Is it creativity, fine food, the high-tech hardware industry, or the warm hospitality and enthusiasm foreign travelers rave about? How should this form of Soft Power be “designed” to ensure that cultural creative products are more than “flashes in the pan?”

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From Hot Air Balloons to Taiwan's Largest Design Program

How did Taitung Nurture Its Urban Design Prowess? (Part 1)

There are many ways to create a livable city; why start with design? What did Taitung, not exactly an affluent county, do to make design prowess the shared goal of all its local government departments? What do the people of Taitung get out of all this? A dialogue on the topic of “Design Entering Municipal Government Offices” between Han Wu, guest editor-in-chief of Future City@CommonWealth, Taitung County Magistrate Justin Huang, and Taiwan Design Center Chairman Chang Chi-yi gives us a glimpse of how change in the public sector also transforms the everyday life of Taitung County residents.

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Coping with the AI Onslaught

The Dawn of ‘Taiwan Taxi Drivers+’

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?

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Taiwan AI Labs Founder Ethan Tu

Taiwan is Well Positioned to Develop Smart Cities

“We achieved 99.7% facial recognition accuracy from online video, drawing from the Labeled Faces in the Wild (LFW) database. This approximated the results achieved by China using 200 million datasets,” says Taiwan AI Labs founder Ethan Tu. Described as “the villagers’ creator,” Tu returned to Taiwan after years at Microsoft to assemble a crack team of professionals for his smart cities AI lab.