Students tackle tech issues at Big Quiz talk

Concerns for those who might be left behind amid Singapore's push to become a smart nation flew fast and furious during a talk yesterday at the second round of this year's The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz season.

Ms Irene Tham, senior technology correspondent at The Straits Times, fielded questions at National Junior College.

Students worried that some might have their jobs replaced by automation. They also raised questions on cyber security and the Internet of Things.

One student from Catholic Junior College asked about the possibility of hackers manipulating healthcare machines and election results.

Ms Tham said the solution lay in making systems safer, and that people should not avoid progress because of security threats. She later commented: "Some of the questions were really good. They went deep and took a few steps back to look at the overall situation."

During the quiz game show, Hwa Chong Institution edged out three teams- two from Anderson Junior College and one from National Junior College - to win.

The Big Quiz is in its sixth year. The Straits Times and the Ministry of Education are joint organisers of the quiz; Singapore Press Holdings Foundation is its presenting sponsor.

The next round of The Big Quiz will be held at Dunman High School on April 12.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 04, 2017, with the headline 'Students tackle tech issues at Big Quiz talk'. Print Edition | Subscribe