Discovering gut drones, riding with senior bikers and becoming a
drinking water guided the government to direct enterprises toward green and innovative sectors such as IoT.
I rode along with a club of biker grandpas and a few grannies in Chongqing.
The improved roads in the notoriously hilly city — where journeys from its center to its most-difficultto-reach district used to take around 26 hours — mean the elderly motorcycle enthusiasts (the oldest is 87) can reach the municipality’s border from downtown in four hours. The China Knights even ride their hogs to such destinations as Russia, Laos and Nepal.
I also joined the bangbang, who are vanishing as Chongqing’s transportation sector improves. I was the youngest bangbang that day — and perhaps for decades — since young people aren’t willing to do the hard work of these porters, who carry goods uphill on bamboo poles.
Indeed, I discovered that balancing loads dangling from both ends of the stick on my shoulders to be tricky — to the point that I seemed to dance down the street, initially swaying back and forth as much as heading forward, as if I were drunk.
I was almost run over by a robot in a car factory in Shanghai, where I also rode in an intelligent
Thirty years ago, the infrastructure at Saihanba was underdeveloped. No water or electricity was supplied to their building, but Zhao and his wife, Chen Xiuling, lived there without those essentials for about 10 months every year.
They maintain a daily log. One of them scouts for fires every 15 minutes — that’s 96 times a day
numbers of people understand small groups of people.
A responsible anthropologist will not pass judgment on what ways of living are “right” or “wrong”, “good” or “bad”, but by thoroughly exploring what lies behind those ways of living, informs people about the social structures, history and even power relations that underpin them. vehicle. Automation and artificial intelligence are advancing in an automobile industry that had to import nearly all of its parts decades ago.
Most of these unanticipated experiences are linked to innovation, especially technological, in the relatively underdeveloped cities in the central and western parts of China that I visited during my 35-day journey.
I used a phone app that relies on big data to water a field of kiwifruit in Shuicheng, Guizhou province.
Topographically treacherous, Guizhou is a telling specimen of the unexpected contours of the most-recent advances of reform and opening-up.
The province has long been one of the country’s poorest because its karst landscape has obstructed development.
But Guizhou is transforming its geology from a disadvantage into an advantage by using innovation — namely, big data.
The area’s undulating terrain is seismically stable. And its elevation means steady air temperatures year-round.
This makes it ideal for storing big data hardware, such as servers that are sensitive to earthquakes and changes in weather.
At one point, I wondered why we’d stopped in front of a forested mountainside along a road wriggling through Guizhou’s wilderness.
Turns out, a big data center operates inside the mountain. The temperatures in caves are especially steady, and the province’s dissolvedlimestone landscapes are naturally pocked with these sorts of caverns.
Some data centers are located in man-made tunnels bored between two peaks. Guizhou’s data economy grew by more than 37 percent last year, and its added value is expected to account for 30 percent of the province’s GDP by 2020.
The Yangtze expedition offered a new perspective on many things I already knew but hadn’t fully put together — like exactly how the cities in the economic belt complement one another through specialization and integration to maximize their geological conditions and geographical positions.
The journey offered unique perspectives on how coordinated development within the context of reform and opening-up has transformed the Yangtze — broadcast by a gut drone, seen from inside a selfdriving car or viewed from the back of a retiree’s motorcycle.
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and more than 28,000 times a year, when their vacation is taken into account.
The stories went on, and I was deeply moved. How did China grow so quickly in the past 40 years?
I believe the success belongs to people like Zhao and his wife, who have sacrificed so much to build China and have been willing to work in all conditions for years. Their unstinting efforts and devotion went into building up their country. I think they exemplify why China’s growth has become a miracle.
In this film project I was keen to tell the story of these people — whether they were father and son, employers and employees, or some other social class — through an anthropological eye.
For ultimately, of course, we all belong to one social class: humanity. When we study and understand the world of others, we understand the biases of our own cultures, indeed our own biases and illusions.
I believe that this may have been the kind of thing the
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