Inside China's High-Tech Dystopia
WeChat isn't a Facebook equivalent. However Facebook seems to become more like WeChat with each update.
China is a thousand of years old peaceful civilization unlike West, this century belongs to Asia, Long Live Pakistan China Friendship.
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china is not a peaceful country same goes for Pakistan but its the same for the US or basically any country but every country has really nice people
When I was in Chengdu last year, some smaller places wouldn't accept western credit cards but debit cards were fine.
"can't use cash" is just bullshit.
Doesn't Britain have tons of CC tv's watching the streets? Don't credit companies in North America track your spending habits? Wow, I m impressed by China's technology....
the most popular mobile app last year in the world is tik tok, made in China
去年全世界最流行的APP是天空彩票与你同行的抖音（ tik tok）
Maverick it was bought by China it was originally musically
@Shaq Attack first tik tok orignialy is 抖音, the international version is tik tok, then they bought musically and merged the two together. second, musically was a Chinese company and was invented by Chinese people.
tik tok就是抖音，国际版叫 tik tok。
@Shaq Attack Musically was also chinese
Shenzhen suddenly became a popular city, and its popularity in the world has increased.
what's also scary to me is that a country that was a third world country just 20 years ago is now in many ways more technologically advanced than us. British colonialism nearly destroyed China, but I guess the old adage what doesn't kill you makes you stronger may sometimes hold true
dude i live in shenzhen and I still use cash. it's inconvenient but you can still use it. why does everything the east do have to be a dystopia for americans
You said it yourself. It's "inconvenient" to use PAPER CASH. That is very diferent from what has been happening in the world for the last 200 years.
why on earth is not accepting visa card a trait of dystopia? using cards and cash are slower and more stuff to carry.... using phones to pay is OBJECTIVELY better in every single way.
Shenzen is living in the future
At least china does this openly
i'm supposed to be scared but now i'm interested in visiting Shenzen... thanks, i guess?
Whelp, if I ever want to visit china i better not saying anything bad about it online, they may put me in some database
So sour and salty feeling in many TV shows made by Western media, Do you know, you can use WeChat to pay for groceries in Australia? In Industrial revolution era, people blamed Walter's engine, claimed that machines robbed job from human. It is the same thing mentioned here
I lived in Shenzhen China for 2 years. Yes, the technology is growing, yes wechat is the main way of paying for everything, yes there is face-recognizing software...but you know what? Google and Facebook has all my data as well. In America, unless I live under a rock, I need Facebook or Google to log into major websites. My US car has a GPS that connects to my google phone and logs my most visited locations so that it makes traveling easier...
Bloomberg is right about the automation, I've seen the inside of car factories in Canada and there's only humans at the end where they test the product by driving it.
Already this is happening in India for last 10 years... Most of the car manufacturing is automated by robots made in Germany
@Stefan Frunza true... In 70s India, bank employee unions went on a massive strike to protest computerization, they felt that clerks will lose their job. See now as very few people are interested in clerk jobs and now you can do banking from your pocket friendly mobile phones.
South Korea is much a better model of a high tech country.
south korea is only 40 million while china is 1.4 billion people
SK only being 50 million makes it even more impressive that such a small country became what it is today, just incredible. slow clap
As of about six months ago, cash was still accepted in Shenzhen, but increasingly rare to see it being used. I was able to use ATMs to get cash using my American credit/debit cards.