If you’ve spent any time in a coffee shop in China, you’ll know just how popular social media is becoming in our culture, so it shouldn’t be surprising that things are looking good for WeChat, with more than half of China’s mobile users connected, putting it ahead of social media giant Facebook globally. As Facebook have discovered after the US presidential election, fake news is a real problem. Chinese social media is tackling this problem head on, by creating an AI that will detect any misinformation. We can’t see Donald Trump doing the same in the US anytime soon. It isn’t just our culture that seems to be falling for social media, it seems to be equally popular with the citizens of Thailand. This week it has been revealed 40% of Thai travellers take their reviews of locations in China from social media before travelling, choosing to trust real world opinions over those in glossy brochures. It’s good to know our opinions matter.
To celebrate its fourth anniversary, Chinese smartphone vendor OnePlus unveiled the OnePlus 5T in lava red. Demand is set to be high, as there will only be a limited number of handsets available in this colour, and we all like a bit of exclusivity. With China’s homegrown smartphones proving the most popular, OnePlus are probably on to a winner. Meanwhile, China smartphone maker Xiaomi wants to win over the Indian market, and is investing heavily in Indian start-ups to help improve its image, and speed up growth outside of China. Tencent has already secured the deal to bring Player Unknown’s Battleground (PUBG) to China, but now the popular PC game is being developed for smartphones, and Tencent is working on bringing the game to our smartphones soon. So if you enjoy fighting for your survival, soon you’ll be able to battle to the death wherever you go.
China understands the importance of technology education and is spending billions to ensure children and students of all ages have access to innovative teaching. STEMedu is authorised by the Ministry of Education, and is leading the charge to introduce science and technology into the education system, including training teachers to provide a more technology-focused education. With the rapid growth of China’s tech companies, there will be no shortage of opportunities, as proven by Alibaba and Tencent quickly moving up the league of the worlds largest companies. Overtaking Google, Apple, and Amazon will attract even more global attention, and help to secure China’s position on the global economic stage. Agriculture in China is being revolutionised by technology. No longer the domain of straw hats and hand tools, or long days spent labouring, graduate programs in topics like Protected Cultivation are smashing old stereotypes, and allowing farmers to become more efficient and profitable.
Israel has opened a China Cultural Center in Tel Aviv, to showcase clay-sculpting skills, as well as hosting art performances, cultural exhibitions, and academic seminars. It is hoped the center will help to strengthen the ties between the two countries by creating a better understanding of our culture in Isreal. While we try to strengthen future relationships on an international scale, our leaders in maritime archeology are looking to gain a better understanding of the past, and using shipwrecks to weave together the history of seaborne trade. At the same time as we are gaining a better understanding of the history of seaborne trade, we are also trying to preserve our cultural history. The launch of a website just for information about lost cultural relics is designed to help gather clues about missing artifacts, while at the same time deterring criminals from trying to steal any of our remaining artifacts.