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Atlas China Top 8 #13 - Innovation with Chinese Characteristics

How do innovators in China see the future? This question gets more important every day. Let's see wha

Atlas China Top 8

April 7 · Issue #13 · View online
China + global technology, business, and innovation trends, 8 items at a time.

How do innovators in China see the future? This question gets more important every day. Let’s see what we can learn from the headlines: 
–Jack Ma suggests we can see the future of a society in the 30-year old internet generation. Forbes 30 Under 30 in China are pioneering cutting edge technology applications in AI, robotics and blockchain
China’s booming e-sports industry looks like a curious (albeit large) niche now, but the expertise Chinese firms are developing in O2O, tech-powered events with AR/VR applications will extend beyond gaming.
MIT Technology Review spoke to Chinese AI founders who will personalize offline experiences with tech curation and replace human doctors.
–St.Gallen’s BMI Lab has a two-part primer on China’s innovation environment and the forces that mold business models here, aimed at anyone who still thinks China is a copycat or can’t innovate. 
–Matt Sheehan’s take on the current U.S.-China trade row focuses on tech leadership rather than trade deficits – a more fundamental contention. 
–Whatever the U.S. does, it’s clear China controls its own tech destiny. Innovator Kai-Fu Lee is opening an AI school to close the expertise gap and lay infrastructure for the next generation of technical leadership. 
–IDEO CEO Tim Brown shared impressions of a visit to China earlier this year, including that while China can learn tools like design thinking from the West, the end goal is not to become more like the States, but rather “to become a better version of China.” I agree.
Have a great holiday! I’m leading a training on WeChat for the Personal Power User this weekend, if you’re interested in learning more or potentially hosting at your organization, hit reply and let me know.  

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Atlas China helps SMEs and multinationals in China find talent and grow revenues through recruitment, events, and strategy. Contact Abe Sorock. 
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