The Rise of the Chinese Internet, featuring Google. A case study in politics, access, censorship, social control, and states vs mega-corporations.
The failed bike sharing revolution in China left behind tens of thousands of abandoned bicycles. The pictures have to be seen to be believed. Some look like tulip fields.
China wants to shape the global future of artificial intelligence and one way it plans to do that is by setting the technical standards.
With a military base and a free trade zone, Djibouti is China’s gateway to Africa.
China has a proposal to clean up space debris using pulsed lasers. The US is not amused.
IoT sensors track water quality, detect intruders, and check for structural damage on the South-to-North Water Diversion Project in China.
The Chinese Chang’e lunar mission program will be sending plants and insects to the moon. The experiment will see if these will be able to thrive in the moon’s gravity. Likely they will only be in a self-contained biome, but the story possibilities are certainly intriguing.
History, Space, and Ethnicity: The Chinese Worldview is a relatively short article on how the pre-contact Chinese viewed their place in the world. From the introduction:
(1) What was the Chinese perception of the world, or world history, before China came into close contact with the rest of the world in the nineteenth century? And (2) how did this perception affect the work of historians from the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220) onward?
I am just about to finish a book on Islamic history, bookmarking this for future reference.
Think piece on the next stage of development in China, touching on AI and entrepreneurship.