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Listening is the new trend of reading


We can now read a book not only with our eyes, but also our ears. Digital audiobooks are getting more and more popular in the United States and mainland China. How are audiobooks different from traditional books? What makes them so widely accepted?

Is second-hand market the way out for overconsumed items?


Overconsumption leads to a waste of money and resources. Nowadays, there are lots of second-hand platforms where consumers could buy and sell used items. Is it a sustainable way to manage second-hand items or just intensifying consumption?

Rethinking the needs of slashies I: Changes in formal education


Writing articles during the day, bartending at night, and making handicrafts for sale online in their spare time……When more and more youth become slashies who have multiple careers, they need to be a ‘jack-of-all-trades’. How could formal education change to address their needs?

How to ensure fair and open public-private partnership in land development?


While the Government has promulgated a new housing supply target and adjusted the ratio of public/private split to 70:30, how to provide more land to meet the target remains the core issue. In order to boost land supply, the public-private partnership (PPP) approach was proposed earlier to develop private agricultural land in the New Territories. However, the public is skeptical of the PPP model. How should the Government move forward and address the public concern?

New year, new trends: The trickery of ‘deep fakes’


We are entering an era where the power of machine learning can be used to produce fake videos that seem authentic. People with bad intentions may manipulate videos, the so-called ‘deep fakes’, to do something harmful to the society. Are there ways to combat deep fakes?

How to figure out how much money you need to retire?


In recent years, some professional economists use ‘Replacement Rate’ as one of the indicators when they talked about retirement protection. What is this indicator? What implications does it have for Hong Kong employees’ retirement plans?

Using mobile apps to encourage silver-hair volunteering


Although currently the percentage of local elders who take part in volunteer work seems not high, research suggests, with proper motivation, many of them are willing to be a new source of volunteers for Hong Kong. Training classes and online platforms may just do the trick.

Now’s the time for further reform in local primary care


The public healthcare system in Hong Kong has been strained by the huge demand. It is not uncommon for patients to experience long waiting times before getting to see specialists in certain areas. While the Government is trying to alleviate the problems by allocating more resources to primary healthcare, they may also need to embark on a major transformation to specific areas that require attention.

Dafen Oil Painting Village: From reproduction to pursuing originality


Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, a tourist attraction that has featured in well-known travel guide Lonely Planet, is renowned for its oil painting reproductions. At the same time, it has been trying to pursue a different course by producing original artworks with Chinese culture characteristics. Dafen's attempts in transformation may be a lesson for all communities that are considering revitalisation and renewal.