July 17, 2018, 5:19 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06864 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00897 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03439 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.50824 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02516 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03326 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03738 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.56345 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03139 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00707 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 32.72248 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02526 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1282 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07195 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.282 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19138 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 374.13568 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03734 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02459 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.14969 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12502 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 53.37133 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.54401 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.76603 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4139 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.31714 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11919 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92375 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19884 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25015 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3334 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51037 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01599 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03902 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01411 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01412 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08949 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.88526 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.36105 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13998 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.87012 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14665 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44715 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11858 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25939 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.1596 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 268.604 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06791 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27993 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.12671 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 807.13885 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0015 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.42478 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01324 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.09923 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.87722 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27646 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 75.63072 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.88806 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 16.81929 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.08952 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00566 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01532 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.39993 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 157.01738 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.13493 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.97982 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.97197 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24762 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05697 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0116 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02562 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17688 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31088 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98075 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.55578 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.74846 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15104 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.63427 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6382 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29097 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.33283 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35287 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07569 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24767 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.69034 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58456 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15155 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04691 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02764 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00719 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06103 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06077 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.27135 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06898 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.5969 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06802 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07424 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.1686 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.92992 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07008 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14699 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25089 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33555 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16567 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02551 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01412 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41499 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 153.24238 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.65221 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 391.8333 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16352 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.624 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24803 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.62213 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04953 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04334 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.09042 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12621 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57118 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.3846 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.48981 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.93085 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58568 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 145.44945 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 2236.96505 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 430.74192 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06036 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04858 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.48103 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05046 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.48103 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.90563 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.66922 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24782 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 96.98187 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76322 Zimbabwe dollar

Five technologies that will define 2018 for PH

DIGITAL transformation in the Philippines is expected to accelerate exponentially this year. 

The many opportunities made available by planned improvement in connectivity and various tools available on Cloud services such as Amazon Web Services, protocols triggered by Blockchain and functionalities offered by artificial intelligence and chatbots are now ripe for the picking.

Checking around the many university-promoted hackathons and those created by incubators and start-up searchers there are so many needs to be answered and so many ways to execute a life-changing app. The Filipino developer can create the next Uber or Airbnb. But where could one find the next big thing?

To rationalize this question, consider these ten technologies that I believe will quickly transform 2018 digitally.

BLOCKCHAIN now also known as the “second Internet,” eliminates all manual processes of recording, reviewing and reconciling transactions using an irrevocable ledger. Blockchain provides the scalability, security, agility, reliability and efficiency to make business and individual transactions immutable and completely trustworthy. 

Blockchain transactions are valid individually through what is known as a distributed ledger. This individual proof of validity is also the authorization to make or constrain changes and enforce common changes. A consensus mechanism, developed and run by all parties involved will ensure security fabric for real time transactions can be verified by all those involved in the transaction.

Banks, financing institutions are the obvious beneficiaries of Blockchain but the technology will be advantageous to other industries and sectors as well. In education, it be used to securely conduct online classes and examinations. For government, one use is the creation of a national identification system via a digital identity protocol. For business and enterprise the 

In fact, cryptocurrency is based on and protected by Blockchain. Of the current applications for a distributed ledger, it is the management and use of cryptocurrency that may be the focus of developers in 2018.

Expect companies like Amihan and Hyperledger to lead the developments on Blockchain. Unionbank, with its Ark concept will also lead the next generation of banks, creating a new space for financial transactions.

BUSINESS BOTS will be the next target of Filipino developers. And why not? The country is one of the business process outsourcing centers in Asia and developing chatbots using Artificial Intelligence (AI) is just going to be relevant. Not that chatbots will replace humans in a call center. The idea of taking out routine tasks and assigning these to a conversing robot will make work more focused on tasks that need actual human interaction and understanding. 

Creative Pinoy developers can quickly create bots that can, for example, converse over an e-commerce platform like PoundIt. It can talk in English or Tagalog and can understand the customer’s need and intent, while it goes into a conversational state, instead of a typed or texted form. Filipinos love to talk and ask questions so Machine Learning (ML) and image recognition are key to this business bot. It must be able to respond intelligently. An agile system is necessary to make this integration work.

Now, readily available from Amazon Web Services (AWS) are services that make it easy to create a business bot. Using devices like Amazon Alexa and connecting the technology to Amazon Lex (a speech recognition service), Polly (for text to speech conversion) and Rekognition (image recognition) developers can shorten the work of developing applications with real time and meaning conversation with machines for routine tasks such as securing a boarding pass or getting a movie ticket. 

THE SUPER APP is a term I use in the development of on-demand apps that manage our time and location. 

Filipino developers I have met are always on the lookout for the next big app. Something the size of Uber or AirBnb. But the business model I believe must be more local—more attuned to the needs of the common Pinoy, like a commuting app that assures an empty seat on a UV Express, or a locator of the bus you need to get home or an app that keeps your place in a queue while in a medical center for a check up or the same place in the line at the bus terminal while you get a drink at the nearby 7-11. Even an app that tells the health condition of the frail MRT.

These on demand apps need quick development and quicker turnaround. Observing developers at hackathons is indicative of just how fast the Filipino developers works. Here is an example needed coming from a quick online survey or harassed commuters and students.

 A laundry app, beauty services app, UV express “pila” app, coming late to work (or school) app with a geolocator and time in and out, book sale app, vacant dorm and room-for-rent app. Why with Blockchain we can even vote using an app.

INTERNET OF THINGS makes life easy and smart. Thus the idea of controlling lights, opening doors, turning on appliances is already commonplace. Here will be over 20 billion IoT devices by 2020

Thus the idea of smart cities, smart home, e-retail, and e-health services is quickly moving. The strongest platform of IoT is the most common operating system—Android. Google’s “Android Things” allows faster take up and adoption of IoT. The host of devices, sensors, connectors, processors have also gone up while the prices have gone down. And since IoT is developing rapidly, the hardware makers, cognizant of the security impact it will have in the future have started to develop these with built in security features. 

IBM Watson, Intel Edison, Amazon Dash, the Arduino and Raspberry Pi have opened doors to programmers and developers to study and connect with the vast amount of information and apps already developed. Platforms on AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform offer an open source environment to maximize the use and application of IoTs. 

Watch how the Pinoy developer, the likes of E-Science comes into this ecosystem with force in 2018.

GAMING is one field where the Filipino developer and game player excel. We have seen Filipinos dominating eSports activities globally. But we have also seen Filipino game developers slowly coming into the game app world with heroic attempts. Part of this gaming development is
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).

Both technologies have redefined gaming and this has continued with gaming trends like Pokemon Go, which seemed to have lost some steam. Nevertheless, global research has predicted that AR and VR will generate $150 billion in revenue by 2020. 

Filipino developers must pursue this potential market. It is not limited to developers as even content is now being pushed with AR behind videos such at those produced using Amazon Go in the field of e-commerce.

I see companies like Synergy 88 at the forefront of gaming development using these technologies.

A caveat though.

I have observed that many developers, mesmerized by making millions of pesos from app development seem to be looking at making money instead of answering a demand or need. I believe this tramples on the development process.

For example, an excellent transport booking app designed for the daily traveller is not getting off the ground because the developer is more concerned towards selling (the process) or monetizing (by advertising) on this proof of concept rather than delivering code and functionality that considers real world situations (spotty Internet, payment systems) and security. Actual performance maybe there, but because of monetization, the transformative reality seemingly taking the backseat.

There is nothing wrong about monetization. Great technology fit to answer a need will necessarily deliver profit. (Raymond G.B. Tribdino)
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