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Atlas China Top 8 #23 - Different Dreams

Whatever field you're in, Chinese vision and imagination around the future of tech is unique and impo

Atlas China Top 8

November 8 · Issue #23 · View online
China + global technology, business, and innovation trends, 8 items at a time.

Whatever field you’re in, Chinese vision and imagination around the future of tech is unique and important. The case is getting stronger:
–How might the Chinese cultural framework around consciousness relate to the development of AI capabilities?
–Tencent’s Pony Ma recently posed the possibility of creating a VR WeChat. It’s currently limited by the phone interface but could move its functionalities to glasses or a headset easily.
–SCMP reports that China’s central bank is recruiting cryptocurrency experts to develop a sovereign virtual currency. Hainan has opened a blockchain pilot zone to attract talent and resources and explore new use cases.
–But don’t expect blockchain tech to promote anonymity and decentralization. Longhash translates draft regulations and predicts a development path similar to the internet in China.
–While Chinese entrepreneurs and analysts are aware of Western tech trends, the reverse is not true, writes GGV’s Zara Zhang. And language barriers present a growing challenge, observes Steve Levine in Axios.
–Foreign companies face a difficult task to balance the economic, technological, and political. Search engine aside, Google is helping launch a flagship online store. Microsoft plans to open a VR incubator in Jiangxi.
–The importance of cooperation and engagement seems clear. The market is attractive, writes China Tech Roundtable founder Lionel Sim, and China’s new retail model is likely to spread.
–China’s 800+ million internet users are mostly using locally developed solutions with deep roots in their culture and society, as Radii illustrates in this article and infographic.
Hosting a few events in Beijing this month – speaker talks, dinners, and skills/innovation trainings for corporate teams. If you’re interested in joining, let me know!

Who writes this newsletter?
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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