FRIBOURG NETWORK FREIBURG
A PIONEER OF INFORMATION
TECHNOLOGIES IN CHINA AND
AUTHOR OF “SOURCE CODE CHINA”
Which companies have the most to gain from digital disruption?
I’m tempted to say SMEs, given that access to the global market is possible without having to make major financial investments first. For these companies, the digital revolution is a stepping stone towards internationalization. For large companies, on the other hand, they now have to contend with the incursion of much smaller, and therefore more flexible, rivals on their territory. The 21st century is an era of continual and rapid change that demands much greater flexibility and adaptability.
We’ve had desktop computers, the internet and smartphones. What is going to be the next big thing?
In terms of data processing, computers have pretty much hit the first ceiling. The next step will be optimizing infrastructures to improve the transport of data, the volume of which and distances covered have increased exponentially. Once we have overcome this hurdle, we will be able to start working on new technological breakthroughs.
You’ve spent the last 20 years immersed in the world of new technologies. Do you see any drawbacks from these advances?
It is frustrating, particularly here in China, to have to attend a business dinner and your fellow guests remain glued to their mobile phone screens throughout the evening. We’re still in the transition phase, which means that there is no "digital etiquette" as yet.