January 19, 2018, 5:41 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07263 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.14992 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03521 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37318 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02474 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03521 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03956 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63687 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03163 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00745 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.63172 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02627 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13568 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06382 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25445 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19324 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 395.96518 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03951 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02456 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01896 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.96895 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12736 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 56.62579 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.15506 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.77275 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.40883 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.49743 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1197 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95886 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.24462 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25141 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34978 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53817 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01607 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03956 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01433 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01431 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08957 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.9371 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 177.94699 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14509 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.07219 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15475 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46509 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11922 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25771 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.9644 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 263.35047 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06775 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.266 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.41772 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 723.08147 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02255 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.43928 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01399 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18216 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03224 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.37189 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.26622 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.12896 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.80063 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.02452 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00594 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01622 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.47765 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.7856 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.88528 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.04292 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.5093 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24248 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0603 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01227 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02646 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18183 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33356 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98418 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.46361 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 47.8837 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1593 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.96203 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64676 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30795 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.11195 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37086 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07803 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24161 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.0807 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6072 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15518 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0265 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02715 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0076 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06341 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0624 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18473 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06706 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 110.52215 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07202 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07488 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.11739 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.52987 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07417 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15387 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26503 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13841 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15847 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02609 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01433 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4392 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 150.90981 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.85839 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 393.89636 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17306 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.18552 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24175 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.63054 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04769 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04409 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07507 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13281 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5839 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.34335 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56547 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.79588 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56468 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.81883 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19729 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 449.14952 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0449 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04966 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.5352 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0534 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.5352 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.90645 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.94363 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24183 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.64043 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.15783 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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