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Hosted by Startup Launchpad and The Mills Fabrica, the day-long Tech[LIFE]style Conference focused on three major themes: Living Smarter that looked at how digital technologies are enhancing day-to-day living; Living Better to showcase the impact technology can make for the better; and Future Lifestyle Tech that discussed how future generations will consume technology and how to build a brand that resonates with them.

The diverse innovations explored ranged from facial recognition and language translation to design thinking and the sharing economy, with AI playing a prominent role across the board. The rapid pace of change in some of these areas was illustrated by Xu Bing, co-founder of Hong Kong based unicorn SenseTime, who predicted that “keys will no longer exist in 4-5 years,” because facial recognition technology will have replaced them.

“In the past three years, we’ve seen around 500 million people using this process (facial recognition) to identify themselves when opening a bank account, transferring money and for proving identity.”

Xu Bing, Co-founder of SenseTime