Inside China's High-Tech Dystopia

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  • Published on:  Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • In part three of Hello World Shenzhen, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance heads out into a city where you can't use cash or credit cards, only your smartphone, where AI facial-recognition software instantly spots and tickets jaywalkers, and where at least one factory barely needs people. This is the society that China's government and leading tech companies are racing to make a reality, with little time to question which advancements are net positives for the rest of us.

    Part One - Inside China's Future Factory

    Part Two - China's High Stakes Robot Wars


    Creator & Host
    Ashlee Vance

    David Nicholson

    Diana Suryakusuma

    Ashlee Vance
    Alan Jeffries

    Director of Photography
    David Nicholson

    Alan Jeffries

    Jack Lam

    Camera Assistant
    Qi Yang

    Motion Graphics
    Sylvia Yang

    Yang Liu

    Audio Mix
    Cadell Cook

    Allie Ames


  • victor bruun
    victor bruun  a minute ago

    the end of low productivity jobs and replacement with robots is awesome, that is how living standards increase. Or fancy being tossed into the typist pool and making 15 pounds a year?

  • Coy
    Coy  10 minutes ago

    where the dogs at?

  • Lionel Johnson
    Lionel Johnson  6 hours ago

    Thinking about packing up my stuff and going to China to build my drone company. Any advice out there from people who did it?

  • sengchenteh
    sengchenteh  yesterday

    You don't like it,get the hell out!

  • FuncaliciousFeet
    FuncaliciousFeet  2 days ago

    I'd totally dig robot food though. Just clean food without sweat and filth which you get in most restaurants.

  • Stuart Otis
    Stuart Otis  2 days ago

    It's already 1984 in China. A Communist regime is literally monitoring your every action and movement. Scary

  • mi12no
    mi12no  2 days ago

    "...1984 can wait a few more decades to arrive"? Uhhh, let's hope that it never arrives.

  • Red Snow
    Red Snow  3 days ago +1

    Then psycho pass will happen

  • kagoon0709
    kagoon0709  3 days ago

    Lol and you think America is not doing this...

  • Zes
    Zes  3 days ago

    no such thing as full creativity or not, @Gex no such thing as foreign idea or not, cepu, think, can think any no matter what

    LOVE FOR ALL  4 days ago

    obidiant people

  • tiffsaver
    tiffsaver  4 days ago


  • XENTO 0007
    XENTO 0007  4 days ago +1

    Aliens: what world do you live in
    Chinese: China

  • Hans B
    Hans B  4 days ago

    If you think this is a dark future. Well, it's not. Machines were made to help us revolutionize the humankind. Not for our conveniences, so you can chill, and be lazier. No, you're totally wrong if you have that thought. It's so we can leverage machines instead of humans, and let those humans work on something else. That's more complex, and important right now. Therefore, please think ahead. For if you don't believe me, you'll get left behind. And soon, you'll be one of those laid-off workers.

  • Overstay
    Overstay  4 days ago +7

    Don't be jealous, Chinese is better than the US 100% at least they're police are not killing innocent people in their own home.

  • Rex Lastname
    Rex Lastname  4 days ago

    I clicked on this video just to see all the fights there might be in the comment section.
    I was not disappointed.

  • John Smith
    John Smith  4 days ago

    OK Bloomberg why don't you do a series on Edward Snowden and US monitoring and spying the whole world

  • kulturfreund66
    kulturfreund66  4 days ago

    0:35 - LOL. In Germany the minimum of distance between two (appartment-) houses has to be the sum of the half the height of each.

  • TM Kim
    TM Kim  5 days ago

    I am not Chinese, but I feel that our country is also entering the dystopian era.
    Since 10 years ago, many jobs have disappeared in our country, and the gap between rich and poor has increased by 20%. The government continues to regulate and control the media and press.
    What is surprising is that our country is never a poor country. Nevertheless, we looks at the dystopian era.
    I don't know who can solve this huge problem.

  • Mojazzz
    Mojazzz  5 days ago

    Bloomberg have got it wrong with their reporting many many many times.. this one reporting is not different