That was really an interesting conversation, I loved it.
Wonderful. Thank you so much.
I think other photos of you will be available as well.
Perfect, OK, yeah. Wonderful. I would like to do a selfie with you, of course.
I can use that to work out other formats in a way. Do I have the chance to maybe use some photos?
We have different channels that I will be using to publicize what we have been talking about, if this is OK with you.
I’m going to do a little story on the hackathon and the collaborative government issue, because that’s really interesting for German readers. I might be doing a portrait for our magazine, our digital magazine. According to, first of all, the second thing, I might also be using the ...
Maybe to be transparent about what I’m going to do.
Yeah, it’s really sweet, yeah. I found it really sweet.
It’s very useful, it is. I can read stuff. But I can’t really speak. I could when I came home after the year. But nowadays, it’s difficult, because you really need to practice and live the language in a way which I haven’t.
I haven’t really had the chance to use language. I can say that I don’t eat meat, and things like that.
Yes, I did. I worked here with a German company to just earn the money I needed for staying here. I was at Shida, learning Chinese, because I always wanted to become a foreign correspondent. Which didn’t happen, unfortunately. But other things happened.
It’s such a long time ago. It was really wonderful, yeah.
I knocked furiously a few times and they were actually there, with 80 and 82. Isn’t that nice? It was a really, really wonderful moment for me. They were totally surprised, like, "Who are you?" Then, "Oh, yes, you lived with us."
I lived here in Taipei, 1990, for a year. I lived with a Chinese family. At home, I found a letter of my father, he sent to me 30 years ago with the address of the house where we lived. Then I used Google and I found out where this ...
As you showed me the picture of your teacher, I hope I have it here, I’ll show you a picture...Let me see if I have it. Yes, I do.
If you were the Wizard of Oz for a few minutes, if you could make something happen immediately, what would that be? [snaps fingers]
For social good. Yes, thank you.
Taiwan has a hardware history, and needs to be turned into a software future.
Yeah. I guess you’re confronted very often with the same question, a need to tackle quickly on it.
Hey, it is. It’s a really interesting mix. The sad thing is that, I think a lot of people on an international scale don’t know about what you’re doing here.
The one year of extension from competition is enabling development that would otherwise not happen.
But they’re still in the experimental mode, they’re not running around the city.
The air is much better. You have the MRT, which is working greatly. Still, I got the impression that this could be a wonderful place to really implement very, very innovative concepts of a future mobility system.
When I walk around Taipei, a lot of things have changed since 1990.
Autonomous vehicles, for example, integrative mobility systems.
OK. Understood. Let’s quickly talk about the whole future of mobility.
Indeed. That was what the financial crisis was about, right, that we didn’t...
...understanding resources, those kinds of ideas. They will be really convincing in that moment when they show up in the traditional KPI system in terms of economic relevance.
My question goes more into the direction of whether it’s the basic ideas, getting rid of KPIs like GDP, open source government ideas, not in terms of data but in terms of...
That’s another aspect of sustainability and a wholesome view of how you can build...
No, that’s not for the GDP.
I just wanted to make sure that’s...
The idea of the whole open government development, what I perceive — and maybe I’m wrong, if they’re implementing a totally different system...
Yeah, that’s really important that this will happen and go on happening. Just to challenge you, if I look at the world and the basic situation, especially looking at China for example, that’s not at all reflecting what you are talking about.