Over the past few weeks, there was a lot of hype surrounding Netflix and tvN’s Korean Drama entitled Start-Up. If you’re still unaware, this series revolves around the world of tech “Start-Ups”.
Other than the star-studded cast starring Bae Suzy, Nam Joohyuk, and Kim Seonho, the show is also popular for its life lessons that will either make or break an individual in their quarter-life crisis (I’m including myself in that narrative).
Frankly speaking, viewers focused more on the love triangle involving the real and fake Do-san, and Dal-mi. At the same time, most viewers cared less about the “tech” segments of the series because most of them have little to no knowledge about the tech jargons used. Even my friends and acquaintances who are Hallyu fans weren’t familiar with them.
To make it worse, the tiny and super quick information glances being displayed per episode isn’t enough to feed us the necessary information.
In this article, I’ve listed down the tech terms I caught and defined them in a manner most of you will understand. It may not cover all the terms used but to simply put it, this gives fans, non-viewers, and even tech nerds, a taste of what Start-Up is like.
This listicle only covers tech-related terms used in the drama. Listing specific business terms would entirely be out of the topic.
Terms that would fall down under the tech-business setup.
From the word itself, it’s a company or project made by several individuals (commonly young entrepreneurs and programmers) who want to start developing a product and bring that technology to where it’s mostly needed.
Think of it as a seed. A start-up is like a budding plant. After ample time, energy, and resources used, it will soon be a fruit/crop that is ready for harvesting that will be brought to a market for consumers to buy.
If you think you’re doing so much work in a small scale when harvesting your crops, it’s time to level up, add to your workforce, and build a bigger farm.
With that example, a Scale-Up is the stage in your Start-Up company or project where you’ll get more people or teams to continually evolve and making your start-up ambitions a reality for the general population.
It is a short term for “hacking marathon”. This is an event where a software development team composed of programmers, project managers, plus graphic and interface designers, come up with a software/hardware solution and present them through a crowd after hours of coding and managing design and data altogether.
It’s like the “showcase” of a start-up. This is the day where several start-ups pitch their business in front of the investors in hopes of a securely-funded investment and be able to push through with their future projects as a recognized start-up company.
As portrayed through a pre-millennium website ‘www.baedal.com‘ made by Dal-mi’s dad, it showed a glimpse that one-click viewing and purchasing is possible and can be accessed through the website all at once. That’s how a one-click website works.
This is the collection of codes, program instructions, and data that are stored in your device’s internal storage.
AI (Artificial Intelligence)
Unlike Do-san’s dad, you shouldn’t confuse it with Avian Influenza. Artificial Intelligence is the ability of a computer, robot, or even your smartphone to do tasks that only human’s intelligent behavior can differentiate. Learning, logical/rational thinking, and self-improvement are crucial in AI programming.
VR (Virtual Reality)
Coming from its literal sense, it gives the user a “virtual” reality that can be viewed through the use of monitors, smartphone’s screen, or even specific VR headsets to fully-maximize the sense of all-around audio-visual experience.
With the use of special equipment and sensors, a user can also interact with three-dimensional objects in a tiny, digital world.
With the use of camera, it is the ability of a software system to recognize objects based on a cluster of pixels and/or images alone.
This is a specific type of image recognition that focuses more on a human being’s facial features. Some systems can even “identify” or guess a person’s age and mood.
OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
This is another type of image recognition that detects special characters and numbers in scanned and digital documents and converts them into readable and editable data.
ML (Machine Learning)
This is nowhere related to the mobile game ML (Mobile Legends), rather a technology that uses algorithms to analyze generic data. After learning from that gathered information, it will then create informed decisions based on what it has learned.
As explained by Do-san through his own take with metaphor, it’s like Tarzan giving Jane certain objects and learning from it based from her facial expressions.
Not to confuse with Machine Learning, Deep Learning is a sub-category of ML that does more of “human-like” artificial intelligence such as speech recognition, object detection, language translation, and more. Its structures algorithms in layers to create ANN (Artificial Neural Networks).
Not limited to mathematical equations, algorithm in tech works by setting a set of instructions in performing a simple or even a complex task before the program completely processes it.
ANN (Artificial Neural Networks)
These are needed for recognition systems in solving complex problems by adapting to internal and external factors around them.
ANNs got the inspiration from the neurons in our brain. It’s like how our brain tries to learn complex movements. With repeated training and testing, the neural networks learn from it and be able to come up with a definite solution and even prediction on a certain problem in the near future.
API (Application Program Interface)
It is a set of tools in which programmers can make use of when creating a software and allows them to deliver solutions rapidly without ever worrying how to execute it.
It also serves as the software medium between two apps to simultaneously communicate and work together — such as replying to a text message (from your crush) or checking the weather.
Just like a real bug that destroys crops just right before harvesting, a bug in a program is a coding error or a fault in the end of the programmer. These bugs may even cause serious issues within the system if not solved or eradicated.
Whether you go to malls or restaurants, the most common thing you see nowadays are these codes in a box. Dubbed as ‘Quick Response’ codes, it uses the camera to quickly go to a specific website and displays all the data supplied.
Meanwhile, these are the physical devices that make up a unit. Unlike software, these things can be held with our bare hands.
CPU (Central Processing Unit)
The CPU is a crucial part of a system that does general tasks such as playing games, browsing the web, or even typing texts and documents with ease. It’s needed for a machine to respond — even if the task is as simple as turning on and shutting down a computer.
GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)
This is a specialized processor for tasks that include rendering graphics. This is essential in improving the graphic performance of a device.
NPU (Neural Processing Unit)
Unlike a CPU that does most (if not all) of the generic tasks, the NPU is solely focused on ML and AI workloads. Basically, it is a dedicated chip for keeping AI apps run efficiently, especially in smartphones.
GPS (Global Positioning System)
These work through GPS receivers and artificial satellites outside earth that give enough information about map layouts and satellite images. Through GPS software and the use of systems, they’re all able to pinpoint precise location and navigate through road directions with accuracy.
This is an early model or sample of a product that is subjected to a series of tests and processes before the final product gets released to the public.
It is a tiny device that can be inserted in your fingers or clipped on your ears and detects the blood oxygen levels through infrared light.
The latest Apple Watch Series 6 is the only smartwatch so far that can detect Blood Oxygen levels like a pulse oximeter.
Without data, both the software and hardware wouldn’t function at all.
This is designed to deliver data to other computers and systems through a series of LAN (Local Area Network) or WAN (Wide-area Network) cables. Not all servers are the same as they run through specific server software depending on where they’re mainly used (such as web, file, or even mail).
It is a collection of data, often presented in table that consists of fields with specific attributes as records with certain values.
This is the organized collection of structured data and/or multiple datasets that are stored and accessed generally through a computer system and can be override anytime.
It’s like a huge container that holds all your datasets and other structured information that may also consist of certain triggers and commands.
Just like humans, software and hardware also need security to be able to securely store data without anyone’s vicious attempt of breaking it.
Encryption is all about converting your files or data in a format or code that cannot be read by other users other than you. This is to prevent unauthorized access and conceals sensitive data.
This is basically just the reverse process of encryption. You can do so if you or someone else owns the digital key (either a PIN or a lengthy password with various characters) to gain access to the encrypted files.
From the word itself, it is money represented in the cyber world or through electronic form. This is mainly used for transactions made in the internet where on-hand cash couldn’t be accepted.
It is a system of recording information that will be stored into blocks and are linked to form a chain with other blocks of similar information. Using the Blockchain system makes it difficult or harder to change or hack the system.
A severe type of malware infection in computer systems that threatens a certain individual or a company by exposing and leaking private data. In return, they need to pay the desired amount the culprit/hacker wants before they can get their files back.
This section has spoilers. You’ve been warned.
Samsan Tech (삼산텍)
Originally founded by Nam Do-san as Dosan Tech, but with the unexpected recruitment of his colleagues Lee Chul-san and Kim Yong-san — one start-up company, three names that end with -san. Thus, Samsan Tech!
In a literal sense ‘Samsan‘ directly translates to three (삼/sam) mountains (산/san). The “mountains” in the logo are in red, green, and blue to emphasize ‘RGB’ or the primary colors in the color wheel.
Sand Box (샌드박스)
Dubbed as “Korea’s Silicon Valley”, Sand Box is where the imaginary Korean tech giants such as SH Venture Capital and Morning Group reside. This is also where most start-ups flourish and get funded by investors depending on how viable their companies and projects are in the long run.
It’s for you to find out how Sand Box was formed but I would just want to point out that this majestic technopark was filmed at three different locations in Korea: (1) Robot Land in Incheon (2) Nodeul Island in Seoul; and (3) Oil Tank Culture Park also in Seoul.
2STO (where the original Samsan guys joined after winning the annual “Demo Day”) may just be a made-up company, but Silicon Valley is a real haven for geeks, developers, programmers, and software engineers alike.
It is located in the southern part of San Francisco, California where most of the tech start-ups and gigantic tech headquarters such as Apple, Google, and Facebook are all located. Even Netflix’s HQ is also in Silicon Valley.
Mentioned by Dal-mi’s grandma halfway through the third episode, AlphaGo is the first AI-developed program by DeepMind Technologies that defeated the professional Korean Go player Lee Se-dol and made headlines not just in South Korea, but worldwide. Go is a popular board game among Koreans for its complexity. It was first originated in China.
Jang Yeong-sil (장영실)
Yeong-sil (pronounced as “yong-shil”) is a fictitious voice assistant slash AI speaker by Koreans and for Koreans. To simply put it into context, it’s like a Korean equivalent of Amazon’s Alexa.
Spoiler alert: Yeo Jin-Goo (in his EP16 cameo character Hong Jin-seok) is the voice behind Yeong-sil. He also starred in last year’s Netflix/tvN K-Drama ‘Hotel del Luna‘ together with the K-Pop singer and actress, IU.
NoonGil is a make-believe accessibility app that helps the blind recognize objects around them with the help of their smartphone. The app works through Samsan Tech’s Image Recognition algorithm coupled with Yeong-sil’s voice recognition.
Tarzan is a self-driving car system headed by Seo Dal-mi under Cheongmyeong Company (청명컴패니), which is a subsidiary of Injae Company (인재컴패니) founded by her sister Seo In-Jae (formerly Won In-Jae).
This is in response to Tarzan (the original Disney character) being able to learn by grasping objects from his environment. Thus, Tarzan, an autonomous driving system, does the same thing through machine learning and image recognition.
Not to confuse with the G-Suite alternative Coda, CODA (just like the ending couple) is also a fictional event where software developers around the world participate in bringing the best when it comes to machine learning. Just like how the Samsan team described it, it’s like an “Olympics for A.I.”.
If you still haven’t watched Start-Up, it’s streaming in most (if not all) countries that Netflix supports.
P.S: I’m #TeamGoodBoy :)
10 things we learned about Hyun Bin at the Smart Hallyu Hangouts
We crashed K-drama actor Hyun Bin’s fan meet
Over the weekend, Korean superstar Hyun Bin had a virtual fan meet with his Filipino supporters. Through Smart’s Hallyu Hangouts, thousands of fans were able to watch the interview hosted by Sam Oh and Park Kyung-Lim.
A couple were also given the chance to ask Hyun Bin some questions, one of them even showed off their prowess in speaking Korean. It was a fun evening for everyone, especially his biggest supporters whose dreams of attending his fan meets were hampered by the pandemic. Thank goodness for technology and fast internet, Filipino fans still got to spend with the actor even virtually.
During the hangout, we picked up a couple more interesting things about Hyun Bin that makes him more than just the characters he plays on screen.
He’s a perfectionist
While shooting for the Smart commercial, Hyun Bin admitted that it took a while to learn his line. “Simple, Smart ako” might be a short and easy sentence to say for Filipinos but “simple” proved to be quite tricky for him. He took some time to learn it and even asked people for help.
He says that he’s always been like this and while filming for dramas, he would even be quite hard on himself. There are times when his directors are already happy with the scene but he would still want to iron out his acting.
He had a fan club when he was in high school
Before entering show business, Hyun Bin already had his own fan club. Talk about being extremely good looking! He was modest enough to say that he didn’t know much about it, though.
He’s a news junkie
We love a well-rounded oppa and Hyun Bin admits to reading all sections of the news. “It’s nice to know what’s happening in the world I’m living in,” he said during the live.
He doesn’t watch his own work
He admits to going on OTT platforms a lot to watch series and movies but never the ones that have him on them. In fact, he has never seen Crash Landing on You (CLOY) after they filmed the drama.
Hyun Bin is passionate about golf
He says he would love to become a golf player. This, after getting hooked on the sport. He admits it’s just a hobby and that if he weren’t so busy, he’d probably be doing it more often. It’s also something that relaxes him.
He rarely cries IRL
Hyun Bin admits that he doesn’t cry much in real life. Maybe it’s because he does it a lot for work or maybe because he’s just extremely happy right now.
He searches his name online
Rarely does any celebrity admit to Googling oneself so this was quite refreshing. He says he does it about once a day. “I want to know if there’s something about me that I don’t know of. I also want to see how events like these are covered by the media,” he added.
He knew how to play the piano
Hyun Bin learned how to play the piano as a child. However, he forgot most of it as he rarely used the skill. So, when they were filming for Crash Landing on You, he would practice in his hotel room using an electric keyboard they brought with them all the way from Korea.
He would’ve loved to play two other CLOY characters
It’s hard to imagine Hyun Bin as anyone other than Ri Jeong-hyeok in CLOY. However, he says that he would have been open to playing the villain, Cho Cheol-gang and the wiretapper, Jung Man-bok.
He has an upcoming movie
They just finished the sequel to Confidential Assignment and he promises that it will be bigger and more international than the first one. “In the first movie, it was just North and South Korea that were involved. In the sequel, the US and other countries will also play a part in the story,” he shared.
Smart Hallyu Hangouts was powered by Smart, one of the country’s top network providers. Internet metrics company Ookla recently cited Smart as the country’s fastest mobile data network in the second half of 2020 after it achieved a Speed Score™ of 24.99, with average speeds of 20.08 Mbps for download, and 7.42 Mbps for upload.
Why you should get iQiyi
We got it so you don’t have to
Pan-Asian content, duh
There’s a ton of streaming services out there. But, none embrace that Asian representation like iQiyi. They’ve got films, variety shows, and series from China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, and more. If you’re having a tough time finding shows and films you grew up seeing or just want somewhere you feel represented, check iQiyi out. It’ll surprise you.
Classic Hong Kong movies
If you’re a cinephile or know someone who is, this might just be the streaming service for you. Most classic Hong Kong films are a tough find. From Infernal Affairs to A Chinese Ghost Story, you’re sure to find the good, the bad, and obscure classics. iQiyi, no joke, lays out a ton of these Hong Kong classics on their platform and you’d be remiss to skip out on watching them.
Find the good-good
There’s a number of really good Asian series and films on iQiyi. Shows like Youth with You, Chuang, The Penthouse: War in Life 3, and Tokyo Revengers are just a few on the platform on most people’s must-watch and favorites. iQiyi is never short of surprises.
The absolute absurd finds
There’s no lack of decent, obscure, and downright bizarre tv series, films, and variety shows on here. Just note that most shows don’t age well and are a great watch in irony. Just keep an eye out on the obscure ones, they sometimes don’t have subtitles. And remember, these silly finds don’t take away from the unapologetically good shows on the platform.
Free shows you’d pay to watch elsewhere
iQiyi is a free streaming app with paid VIP access to a ton of exclusives. But, not everything is behind that paywall making this a huge game-changer. There’s a long list of free-to-access shows, K-dramas, and anime you’d normally find behind a paywall so, do yourself a favor. Get it.
It’s got interactive features
The platform showed off its new features with Game of Shark, a reality show where celebrities form teams and participate in murder mystery role-playing games. If you pick Rhythm Mode, your phone vibrates in time to events in the show. On top of that, Shark Mode allows users to directly take on the identity of characters. With it, you get to join your favorite celebrities in collecting hidden clues and identifying the murderer.
Having launched the world’s first Interactive Video Guideline (IVG) and IVP, iQiyi have pioneered a one-stop platform of assisted production tools that helps content creators produce and publish interactive videos efficiently and conveniently!
I’m missing the Olympics because I don’t have cable
And it sucks
It’s 2021. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, is in full swing as of writing. However, as someone whose primary source of media entertainment all comes from streaming, there’s no easy and convenient way for me to watch the games. Major bummer.
I like to enjoy my media a certain way; I prefer to stream them on my TV. Which is why majority of the content I consume come from YouTube, Netflix, and the occasional Amazon Prime, HBO Go (Yep, not even HBO Max), and Apple TV.
I find it incredibly baffling that the stakeholders involved in bringing the games to the people failed to come to an agreement to make it easily accessible on the aforementioned platforms. It’s 2021. Why on earth am I not able to watch the greatest sporting event on the planet the way I want to?
Believe me, I hear the privilege in my words. Regardless, I still feel marginalized.
So how can you watch the Olympics right now?
I asked a friend who’s been covering the games. He watches through cable and had to pay a PhP 150 fee (around US$ 3/ SG$ 4) to avail of the Tokyo 2020 Premium from a particular cable provider.
Thing is, the whole Olympic coverage in the Philippines is locked to the MVP group of companies. You wanna follow the games, you’re gonna have to do it on one of their platforms.
Here’s an excerpt from their press release on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic coverage:
“Sports fans will have comprehensive access to the Olympic Games — from the Opening Ceremonies all the way to when the games conclude — on free to air via TV5 and One Sports. One Sports+ on Cignal TV will also dedicate a significant amount of their daily hours to broadcast the events, with Cignal also opening up two exclusive channels dedicated to broadcast the games 24/7. Cignal Play, in addition to live channels TV5, One Sports & One Sports+, will be offering exclusive channels broadcasting live updates to its subscribers, along with exclusive content not available on the TV broadcast. Cignal TV’s One News leads the group’s round-the-clock news coverage, featuring results, updates, and highlights.”
Comprehensive? Maybe. For platforms within the MVP group of companies. If you’re not subscribed to any of these, well, that’s just too bad. It’s good for business and I completely understand how the whole thing works. Doesn’t mean I have to like it.
The coverage also missed to televise or showcase Hidilyn Diaz’s historic gold medal win in the Weightlifting competition. If you’ve been following sports news, the Philippines was expected to get a medal in this event. Sadly, the moment was only known following updates from reporters on the ground.
How I wish it was handled
I’m sure there’s a lot more that goes into it in terms of TV and broadcasting rights, but we’re literally at an age where plenty of folks have decided to cut the cord and rely on streaming for content.
On YouTube, you can buy and/or rent movies and shows. The platform and structure exists for pay-to-watch content. They could have even made tiers or packages like charge a certain amount to gain access to all the games, a different and lower amount if you just want to follow a certain sport and/or a certain event.
Maybe the potential earnings to do so didn’t justify the costs to implement it. Whatever the case, it’s still incredibly frustrating.
Sure, I can go through the hoopla of setting up a VPN and look for streaming sites. But that’s more even more cumbersome. I don’t mind paying a convenience fee if it means that after a long day of work I can kick back, relax, and watch some damn sports.
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