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Chip-fuelled creativity

Teo Swee Ann, chief executive of Shanghai-based Espressif Systems, is creating a macro impact on the community of DIY tech hobbyists (or makers) through his firm's microchips.

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"Try to do something crazy and learn new things. A lot of people are looking for a normal, stable job. But I think that model will have to pass, because with AI, a lot of things are going to change and we all have to be adaptable." - Teo Swee Ann.

THE tiny ESP8266 microchip, made close to a decade ago, has amassed a cult following far beyond what its lead developer, Singaporean Teo Swee Ann, had envisioned. Measuring just a few millimetres, the Wi-Fi chip has captured the imagination of do-it-yourself tech hobbyists - or "makers" - all...

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