Culturecom Holdings Limited, listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00343.HK), is one of the largest comic book publishers and media content providers in Asia with over 40 years of experience and dedication in the comic book industry.
Culturecom's core ideology is to “broaden Chinese culture and encourage social development”. With the help of emerging technologies, Culturecom seeks to both bring new content to local consumers and breakthrough to new markets.
Since 1970s, our comics have enjoyed wide recognition in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Southeast Asia and amongst Chinese-speaking population in other regions around the globe. Culturecom owns over two hundred comic titles and the catalogue spans across various genres ranging from Martial Arts action to contemporary romance, targeting the full spectrum of comic book readers. Among them, our “Dragon Tiger Gate” and “Chinese Hero” hold records of Hong Kong’s highest-selling weekly comic magazine and bi-weekly comic magazine respectively.
Not being confined to just local Chinese comics, the Group became the first company in Hong Kong to gain official license to Japanese manga (Dragonball, Doraemon etc) and western comics.
Besides just publishing comics, Culturecom started licensing Chinese Gamers Corporation to develop the Chinese Hero Online Game in 2009. The game earned NT$ 2,200,000,000 (USD $66,000,000) in two years, setting the record for the highest profits in the China and Southeast Asia video game industry.
Culturecom has also developed huge breakthroughs in technology. In 1999, inventor of the Cangie Input Method and hailed as “The Father of Modern Chinese Computing”, Mr. Chu Bong Foo joined Culturecom as our Chairman and led the Group to the forefront of the creative media and technology businesses. In 2000, Culturecom established a joint venture with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and successfully developed a Chinese Linux 2000 office software. In July 2003, Culturecom developed the first computer Central Processing Unit (CPU) to have Chinese language embedded in its core, through a co-development partnership with IBM. In 2005 Culturecom purchased Crusoe processing technology from renowned American chip manufacturer Transmeta, becoming the first foreign company to obtain American CPU core processor technology.
In 2011, Culturecom created Ucan.com in partnership with Asian pop icon Jay Chou. The platform combines advanced cloud computing technology, Jay Chou’s creative vision and Culturecom’s vast array of comic book properties in an immersive digital world called Ucan Cloud City – a pioneer of the “Metaverse” concept of the time.
Since 2016, we began investing various enabling technologies, as a means to expand our cultural reach and lay out a foundation for next-generation comics culture. In 2018, we invested into big data analytics start ups, venturing into digital marketing business developments in Greater China, achieving a revenue growth of 81% CAGR as of March 2021. In mid-2021, Culturecom announced the acquisition of Imitation Brain Technology (Shenzhen) Co Ltd, a technology start-up specialized in Chinese AI technologies, with the goal of combining Mr. Chu Bong Foo’s 50+ years of Chinese computing research and Culturecom’s 20+ years of investment in Chinese computing, to develop the Chinese AI infrastrcuture and further transform Culturecom in the digital age.
In April 2022, Mr. Jason Wong Kon Man, hailed as “the godfather of SPACs in Asia”, joined Culturecom as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, leveraging on his over 25 years of investment experience and resources in gaming, cultural and creative industries, intelligent voice recognition and other AI technologies, to assist Culturecom in enriching our base of IP and technological assets. We believe that Mr. Wong would help Culturecom pivot our strong foundation of IPs in grasping opportunities in the fields of blockchain, digital assets, and the Metaverse, to maximize the value of our IPs and to create the next-generation creative media. To date, we continue to invest in enabling cultural technologies and assets, integrating creative cultural contents with advanced technological breakthroughs.
On 15 September 2022, the Forever Honorary Chairman of Culturecom Holdings Limited and hailed as “The Father of Modern Chinese Computing”, and Chu Bong Foo Workshop (the “Workshop”) recently stated Dragon Chip, the world's first brain-like smart chip with Chinese algorithm as the underlying technology, has been developed, and will be mass-produced and applied to the brain-like computer market, driving the development of the industry 4.0 robotic brain-like intelligence industry.
With an unmatched passion for creativity and innovation, we are determined to help transform our society and expand the boundaries of the Chinese marketplace with the contributions of our media and technology innovations.
Culturecom, a leading digital technology company, 飛龍芯類腦智能科技(珠海橫琴)有限公司, has recently entered into a joint venture with iFlytek, a leading intelligent language company. Co., Ltd. (002230.SZ) and Chinese artificial intelligence ("AI") language understanding chip supplier Imitation Brain Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. jointly developed the Chinese offline speech understanding chip - "飛龍芯", which is used for cultural and creative development. Activate the group's animation IP and march towards the metaverse. 飛龍芯is a brain-inspired chip developed based on the brain-inspired technology patented by Chu Bong Foo, the father of Chinese computers, in conjunction with iFLYTEK's intelligent speech recognition technology.
In the metaverse world, the brain-inspired technology of "飛龍芯" plays a key role in the activation of cultural and creative culture. Cultural Communications has been creating and publishing comics for more than 50 years, owns more than 200 animation IPs, and has tens of millions of readers in Greater China and Southeast Asia, forming a huge community. Through the activation of its animation IP through "飛龍芯", combined with its own community, the establishment of a metaverse will drive the growth of toys, games, entertainment, virtual social networking and other businesses. At the same time, the 5,000-year culture of the Chinese nation and the history and culture of the world are also unlimited activation resources, which will endow the cultural and creative industry with new industrial value.
Brain Inspired is to simulate the human brain, making intelligent products closer to human thinking, and possessing language, expression, behavior, etc. 飛龍芯 has the ability to understand human brain, and has made a worldwide breakthrough in the field of human brain artificial intelligence. It has a wide range of applications, including smart homes, consumer electronics, smart cars, educational hardware, smart hotels, and industrial robots. The advantage is that it does not need to rely on the Internet and has its own AI intelligence, so it can fully protect privacy, zero risk of leakage, and the cost is relatively lower.
Chips are a symbol of the soft power of each country's transition to high technology. It has always been programmed in English, and is currently mainly connected to the Internet for language interaction. After years of research, Culturecom has successfully developed the world's first Chinese AI language understanding, and currently the world's only Chinese AI language understanding chip "飛龍芯" that realizes offline input and output. "飛龍芯" mainly has six application scenarios, including: smart home, consumer electronics, smart cars, educational hardware, smart hotels, and industrial robots. The advantage is that it does not need to rely on the Internet and comes with AI intelligence, so it can fully protect privacy Zero leakage risk, and relatively low cost. At the same time, "飛龍芯" possesses human brain-like comprehension ability, and has made a worldwide breakthrough in the field of human-brain-like artificial intelligence.