Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội aims to reduce the use of plastic bags in the traditional markets, supermarkets and trade centres to protect environment as well as ensure the sustainability of the ecosystem. This is the action plan of the Hà Nội People’s Committee that aims to implement the sustainable production and consumption programme by 2020. The city also plans to increase the percentage of enterprises in industrial parks and complex applying eco-friendly technologies to 60-70 per cent. Under the plan, Hà Nội will raise public awareness on the use of plastics, urge and educate enterprises to trade plastic products and nylon bags for recyclable materials instead. Most of the city’s markets and supermarkets do not use eco-friendly plastic bags, the Lao Động (Labour) newspaper reported. Đỗ Thị Mai, a fruit shop in Lĩnh Nam Ward, Hoàng Mai District, said she consumed over 1kg of … [Read more...] about Hà Nội strives to reduce plastic use
Everyday problems that need solving
A few days ago, I got stuck in the middle of a traffic jam caused by a small marketplace on the roadside. I was suffocating when I heard some motorbike taxi drivers gossiping as they fidgeted with their phones. “Smartphones can now do lots of things, right? Even birth registration.” “They are building smart cities, men.” “Will smart cities make the traffic better?” The chit-chat was drowned out by the rumbling of motorbikes moving slowly like no-one was in a hurry. Then I was a bit astonished by what the motorbike drivers just said. It turns out the story of smart cities is spreading more widely than had been expected. It is not confined to the urban elites but has also become a talking point among ordinary citizens. Like how seaports used to mushroom in the recent past, building smart cities has become a fever from north to south, with workshops and seminars taking place in every corner. I have a feeling that cities are scrambling for fear of … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, cities are scrambling to be smart. But can it solve pressing problems?
A driverless car is displayed at the annual Baidu World Technology Conference in Beijing on Nov 16, 2017. (Photo: AFP/FRED DUFOUR) PALO ALTO, California: A lot of discussion and ethical thought about self-driving cars have focused on tragic dilemmas, like hypotheticals in which a car has to decide whether to run over a group of schoolchildren or plunge off a cliff, killing its own occupants. But those sorts of situations are extreme cases. As the most recent crash – in which a self-driving car killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona – demonstrates, the mundane, everyday situations at every crosswalk, turn and intersection present much harder and broader ethical quandaries. THE ETHICS OF EXTREME As a philosopher working with engineers in Stanford’s Centre for Automotive Research, I was initially surprised that we spent our lab meetings discussing what I thought was an easy question: How should a self-driving car approach a crosswalk? My assumption had been that we … [Read more...] about The biggest challenge for driverless cars? Tackling dangerous but mundane situations
VietNamNet Bridge – Dinh Quang Hieu expressed his concern for the environment, in his essay applying for a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and emerged victorious. Dinh Quang Hieu at the airport upon his return from the 2017 International Chemistry Olympiads. VNS Photos Luu Trinh The student, who won two gold medals at the 2016 and 2017 International Chemistry Olympiads (ICO), has won a US$279,600 scholarship from the world’s most prestigious technology institute, MIT, for the 2018-2022 period. “Reports say 98 per cent of rivers in Hanoi are polluted, which has a direct impact on people’s daily lives. My essay is about the willingness to solve problems with regard to water pollution,” he said. Hieu believes that his passion for scientific research and application of knowledge to a real life situation helped him convince MIT’s jury board. He is among the 10 “exemplary faces of Vietnamese youth” … [Read more...] about Olympiads medal holder receives full scholarship to MIT
Development gap hinders linkages in APEC auto industry Addressing the opening ceremony of the 26th APEC Automotive Dialogue (AD26) in Hanoi on May 11, Le Huu Phuc, Director of the MoIT's Department of International Relations, said that APEC should give priority to assisting developing economies in boosting the auto industry. He called for APEC member economies to cooperate effectively in capacity building to study auto industry policies, focusing on priority areas such as market access, human resources and infrastructure, technology incentives as well as environment standards for sustainable development. Regarding the fourth industrial revolution, Phuc said it will lead to the restructuring of the global manufacturing system, not only in technology but also in management and placing of new business models. New technology trends may disrupt value chains, possibly shifting a significant part of global production from developing to developed countries, he said, adding that access to … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS 15/5