All the best quotes from Day 2 of Asia’s largest tech conference.
On the second day of RISE, the event once again welcomed Ethereuem Co-Founder Joseph Lubin to the stage, sharing his thoughts on the next stage of the crypto boom and the story of Etheruem’s inception. Other highlights included insightful talks with Tinder founder Sean Rad and former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, while fintech trends and the rise of AI continued to dominate discussion.
– The best quotes and key takeaways from RISE (Day 1)
– The best quotes and key takeaways from RISE (Day 3)
The surge of cryptocurrencies
“We’re moving towards a world of decentralized governance”
“In addition to being technologies, blockchains are belief systems. They can be similar to religion.”
Joseph Lubin, Co-Founder of Ethereum, ConsenSys
“The ultimate need for blockchain is solving the giant of data.”
Michael Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Digital
“I don’t think governments should be replaced by blockchain technology. I think the tech can evolve and improve how governments serve their citizens.”
Joyce Lai, Law and Technology at ConsenSys
The future of money
“Technology is going to make using money as simple as taking a selfie, but it’s trust that’s going to make money flow freely without worry.”
Darryl West, Group Chief Information Officer at HSBC on how banks and fintechs will shape the future of money together.
Can we cure tech addiction?
“I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. But I really can’t be without this. The scary part about tech addiction? It’s designed to do that”
Kara Swisher, Executive Editor at Recode
From Tinder to investor
“You have more information in your pocket than the president of the USA had in the 90s”
“In the very early days, it wasn’t just about localising the app in the different languages, we really wanted to understand what made every country unique. There are some universal things but cultural impacts are different and how they affect people varies a lot.”
“Every phenomenal expansion comes from someone who takes a risk”
Sean Rad, Founder of Tinder on new technology developments and what he looks for when investing in new companies.
Getting to the top of the world
“Going it alone is a recipe for disaster”
“It’s important to have more than one dream in life.”
“Don’t give up, if you give up the probability of success is zero.”
Mike Massimino Astronaut & Professor, Columbia University & Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum on pursuing his dreams of spaceflight and lessons for budding founders and CEOs.
How to push the limits of your AI research
“The ethics of AI, it starts with fairness. It is one of the great challenges in the field of computer science. Could we see a hippocratic oath for AI practioners? Doctors have to pledge to do no harm.”
“Ultimately our challenge is clear. Developing ethical principles and work towards creating a new generation of laws.”
“AI is a game-changer for people with disabilities. Computers can see, computers can hear. Next Friday is the 1 year anniversary of Seeing App by Microsoft which has improved the lives of 1 billion living with a disability.”
“I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that the technologies in the next few decades will cure cancer.”
Brad Smith, President of Microsoft on AI research, innovation and ethics.
Conquering emojis, GIFs and likes
“We believe likes and followers are a bit old fashioned, that’s why we’re moving on to reaction video.”
Bernard Tan, CEO of ReCactus and winner of RISE’s Breakthrough Award on disrupting digital video content.
Is China leading mobility innovation?
“The core points to develop in a fast-growing industry like bikesharing: to return to the essence of business by creating a strong foundation, as well as to create customer values.”
“To succeed in the mobility business, you have to provide valuable services for users in the long term. “
Mei Han, Co-founder & COO at Hellobike
Where mobility will take us
“The smart car is the next generation of the smart device.”
“It’s not about refining cars, it’s about refining life”
Carsten Breitfeld, CEO & Co-Founder at BYTON
Are Asian funding rounds out of control?
“All great companies get funded by great funds”
Anna Fang, CEO & Partner at ZhenFund
How social power revolutionised business in China
“No matter how unimportant you are as an individual you are a very important being on WeChat. You have total control of your own WeChat platform and you can achieve 100% autonomous control.”
“We can now create visas or register marriage certificates using WeChat and have them delivered to your home”
Grace Yin, Director of WeChat Pay, WeChat
Love in the time of Machine Learning
“The problem in China is that there are less channels to meet people, because there is a lack of flirting culture. It’s still bad behaviour to walk up to talk to people.”
“Guys like 60% of the girls, while girls only like 6% of the guys, so success rate is incredible for all female users. In society, usually girls have to wait for the guy to make the first move, with Tantan it’s actually much more equal in this aspect.”
Yu Wang, CEO of Tantan (‘China’s Tinder’)
The future of investing
“America is doomed because people don’t work hard enough compared to China”
Edith Yeung, Partner at 500 Startups on the future of investment.
All images courtesy of RISE.