Posts Tagged ‘China’

China: State TV News Eliminates Human ‘Error’

February 6, 2019

China’s largest news network has replaced HR with AI. In November, state-run Xinhua News Agency demoed a software-based TV news anchorman.

“Developed by Xinhua and Chinese search engine company Sogou, the anchor was designed to simulate human voice, facial expressions and gestures.
The AI news reader ‘learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,’ according to Xinhua.”
— “China has developed a virtual anchor to deliver the news,” Helen Regan, CNN

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Jade Rabbit on the Dark Side of the Moon

January 3, 2019

Jade Rabbit on the Dark Side of the Moon

The landing and rover phases of China’s Chang’e-4 unmanned spacecraft have landed on the dark side of the moon, in a crater named for a Hungarian-American JPL director. The Queqiao radio relay satellite orbiting above the moon enables the space robots on the moon’s far side to communicate with mission control in China. The mission’s rover, exploring the surface of the moon’s far side, is called Yutu-2, “Jade Rabbit.”

In Chinese myth, Chang’e is the Moon Goddess, and the Jade Rabbit (Yu Tu) is her pet. The China National Space Administration plans to land non-mythical personalities – astronauts – on the Moon by 2020, and set up a moon base in 2030.

More:

“Chang’e-4: China space mission lands on Moon’s far side,” BBC News

“Chang’e 4 landing: China probe makes historic touchdown on far side of the moon,” Kate Lyons, The Guardian

“‘New Chapter’ in Space Exploration as China Reaches Far Side of the Moon,” Steven Lee Myers and Zoe Mou, New York Times

“China’s lunar probe sends first photo of dark side of the moon after historic soft landing,” Catherine Wong, South China Morning Post

“China just made history by landing on the far side of the Moon,” Echo Huang, Quartz

“China lunar probe sheds light on the ‘dark’ side of the moon,” Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press

“China just landed on the far side of the moon: What comes next?” Michael Greshko, National Geographic

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The Wild Mushrooms of Yunnan

November 26, 2018

In the markets of Yunnan Province in southwest China, you can find more than 40 kinds of mushrooms and fungi. Mushrooms thrive in the mountainous terrain, and so do mushroom hunters. A Goldthread video.

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Noodle School

October 30, 2018

Hand-pulling noodles looks like magic, but the Gansu Dingle Noodle School in Lanzhou teaches this culinary art. A short film by Jia Li.

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Night Time In Old Shanghai

April 15, 2018

“Night Time In Old Shanghai,” by Whitey Smith and the Majestic Hotel Orchestra. The song was released on a 1928 Victor recording.

“When it’s night time in dear old Shanghai
and I’m dancing, sweetheart, with you.
Then it’s bright time in dear old Shanghai
with our lips, oh, felt so true.
In my arms, dear, long way from home, dear
we’ll let the rest of the world go by.
While the moon shines bright we will make love
when it’s night time in old Shanghai.”

More:

“Our leading man in Shanghai jazz, Whitey Smith, will soon be ready with his next hit.” Shanghai Modern, 13 April 1927.

“Jazz Bandleader Whitey Smith, ‘The Man Who Taught China to Dance’ in Shanghai, 1920s-1930s,” Andrew Field, Shanghai Sojourns

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Starbucks in Shanghai

December 8, 2017

Starbucks in China
Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room opened Wednesday in the HKRI Taikoo Hui luxury shopping complex at 789 West Nanjing Road in Shanghai. It’s the world’s largest Starbucks, 30,000 square feet, with more than 400 employees, and can serve up to 550 people at a time, according to the company. Customers can use Augmented Reality technology to see the coffee making process and use mobile payment via Alibaba.

The first Starbucks Reserve opened in Seattle in December 2014, and the company plans to open a 43,000 square foot location on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue in 2019. More Reserve Roasteries are scheduled to open in Milan, New York, Chicago and Tokyo by 2020.

Starbucks has more than 600 coffee shops in Shanghai, more than any other city in the world, and has committed to operating 5,000 stores on the Chinese mainland by 2021.

More:

“World’s largest, most lavish Starbucks opens in Shanghai,” Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post

“Honestly, Let’s All Just Go Live in the Brand New Biggest Starbucks in the World,” Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan

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China’s Cities Devour Farms

December 6, 2017

“Village in the City,” a short documentary by Tom Ford of BAMM about urbanization in Guangzhou, China.

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China Claims the Southern Sea

October 31, 2017

China is building islands in international waters, and claims they’re not military platforms, despite the weapons emplacements.

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China Launches ‘Space Truck’

April 25, 2017

China Launches 'Space Truck'

Last Thursday a Long March-7 Y2 rocket took off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre on Hainan carrying an unmanned Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft, which will dock with the “Heavenly Palace 2” Tiangong 2 space laboratory. Billionaires Jeff  Bezos and Elon Musk were not involved, so you heard nothing about it.

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Sichuan Spice

February 15, 2017

Older chefs and diners in Chengdu, capital of China’s Sichuan Province, are concerned that the popularity of their region’s distinctive cuisine is dragging down its quality. Video produced by Jonah M. Kessel.

More:

“Sichuan Cuisine, Imperiled by Success,” Chris Buckley, New York Times

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