Inside China's High-Tech Dystopia

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  • Published on:  Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • In part three of Hello World Shenzhen, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance heads out into a city where you can't use cash or credit cards, only your smartphone, where AI facial-recognition software instantly spots and tickets jaywalkers, and where at least one factory barely needs people. This is the society that China's government and leading tech companies are racing to make a reality, with little time to question which advancements are net positives for the rest of us.Part One - Inside China's Future Factory Two - China's High Stakes Robot Wars & HostAshlee VanceDirector David NicholsonProducerDiana SuryakusumaWritersAshlee VanceAlan JeffriesDirector of Photography David NicholsonEditorAlan JeffriesCamera Jack LamCamera AssistantQi YangMotion GraphicsSylvia Yang FixerYang LiuAudio MixCadell CookColoristAllie Ames
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  • joel toh

     5 months ago

    WeChat isn't a Facebook equivalent. However Facebook seems to become more like WeChat with each update.

  • Darwin Magsino

     2 days ago

    @Raghunandan Reddy C now you need to realize now that china is no more copycat anymomore american now are copying china 😂🤣😛😜😝

  • TobyRecorded

     4 days ago

    WeChat > Facebook


     23 days ago

    I hate to break to it you, but its already way past 1984 if you ask me.Taking money right from your account via facial recognition just for walking across the road.Seriously?

  • Lexie Neda

     4 days ago

    He says J WALKING....J J J are this kind of citizen who breaks rules and cries at the end...

  • Mr watcher

     5 days ago

    Something's wrong in your statements.

  • Launchpad 72

     3 days ago

    "Something called a VPN" ..... This obviously was written by someone over 35!

  • Han Solo

     23 days ago

    lmao this dude using AMEX in China. Even in America, some place dont accept American Express.

  • 钱笃诚

     10 days ago

    @Chuck-U Farly You live well in your imagination. Cash is more widely accepted in China compared to QR code payment. It is true that if you write an article strongly criticizing the central government, this article will be removed and if you continue doing that, your account will be frozen. "If someone speaks out in China the government can shutdown their access to all their money. " is merely exageration.

  • Papyrus Okagbue

     12 days ago

    Chuck-U Farly . I doubt you know what you are talking about? You are forging your illusive imagination by watching this video. Jaywalking will not shut down your entire life. It won't even touch on your financial credit. But if you dabble in terrorism, it will virtually deny you everything.

  • Guilherme Dalla Costa

     1 months ago

    Me: is that chicken?Chinese citizen: laughs nervously.

  • 李春秀


    Guilherme Dalla Costa Don’t be fooled by the video, You westerners know nothing about China

  • deduzz

     7 days ago

    @Roger Hazen Clearly you've never been to the south and hangout long enough with the locals

  • ruanfernando

     5 months ago

    Nah, the NSA is doing exactly the same, they just don't tell us.

  • Gdurant

     3 days ago

    Totalitarian states don't last folks they only collapse with a lot of people dying in the end.

  • Paul Charles

     25 days ago

    If you want to see dystopia visit downtown LA!!!

  • Dil-Pil Bringer of Humor and Weirdness

     10 hours ago

    LA is pretty advanced but it’s not much compared to Shenzhen

  • Neromare

     23 hours ago

    It really looks like Escape from L.A. with Snake Plisken.

  • Snickersbite

     2 months ago

    Welcome to George Orwell's 1984. truly appreciate my youth growing up in the 70's / 80's cops were cool and people minded their own bizz....only one person in a family had to work and jobs were every where


     6 days ago

    Snickersbite I feel bad for Millennials and Generation Z they are screwed. Glad I am not part of that generation.

  • Iron Premier

     12 days ago

    Jesus mate, you know what kind of stretch it is to compare any government on earth to the Ingsoc system of 1984, right?

  • King Darthrog

     2 months ago

    "this dystopian nightmare is toally weird n spooky" -flys back home to debatably the same thing

  • Mr watcher

     5 days ago

    @ma bad show the links please.