Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware (Full Documentary) | Future Cities | WIRED

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Future Cities, a full-length documentary strand from WIRED Video, takes us inside the bustling Chinese city of Shenzhen.

We examine the unique manufacturing ecosystem that has emerged, gaining access to the world’s leading hardware-prototyping culture whilst challenging misconceptions from the west. The film looks at how the evolution of “Shanzhai” – or copycat manufacturing – has transformed traditional models of business, distribution and innovation, and asks what the rest of the world can learn from this so-called “Silicon Valley of hardware".

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Agreed about the legal nonsense here in the USA - we focus more on lawyers, suing, etc. than actually making stuff, working together, and building our future.

Author — Arcade Matt

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A saying in China:
If you want to see the history go to Beijing.
If you want to see the present go to Shanghai.
If you want to see the future go to Shenzhen.

Author — Lazarus Wang

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it is amazing where utube autoplay brings me when i fall asleep!!!

Author — Mohammad Faisal

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They found a really good guy to have as the main interviewee - what a resource, he puts together the big picture so well.

Author — Jonas C

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This concept is both terrifying as an engineer and one of the best things to happen for humanity. As an engineer, I would be terrified to live there. To think that I would need to stay one step ahead of everyone else for the rest of my life in order to make any money is a scary concept. Sure, it promotes constant improvement of technologies which is great for the common good, but the concept of having to be the best to stay afloat is a very stressful one. Here in the US, it takes one real great invention or advancement to guarantee someones' financial future. In Shenzhen, you would need to do that every day. It's like having to find gold every time you swing a pickaxe.

Author — ashiha

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This was in 2016. I can't imagine today in 2020

Author — Antonio Maldonado

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Oh my god! A Kardashian mute program! Love it!

Author — Geraldine C

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"You can fix your Iphone here"
Apple tears drop ....

Author — Jhony Bighorn

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43:03

"I forgot who signed this.... It's somebody famous.... I forgot. "

Author — R Yarbrough

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It's always a funny thing that as a Chinese, I learned quite a lot about China from these kinds of documentary produced by foreigners.

Author — Ryan Yao

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Your right once we reach the pinnacle of use everything in use ends up going off the cliff meaning the whole platform will eventually fail.

Author — andre swanson

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That early ATM machine had me laughing. That was funny.

Author — patricia poston

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This is happening so fast” imagine being here in a 100 years time to see the Massive difference! It’s horrifying I’ll not see this then!!

Well I say well done!!

👍👍👍👍👍THUMBS UP👍👍👍👍👍

Author — high1voltage1rules

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Amazing ...taken the Yang and assembled Ying Bling

Author — Wally B Jr

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In 2002 - 2003, I was a tech rep for my US company in China (and Singapore). Our Chinese manufacturing partner was in Hangzhou, but our Chinese offices were in Shenzhen and Hong Kong where most of our Chinese sales were, so I had a chance to see the start of the development and innovation process this film so ably explains. What I saw back then blew me away, but when I got back Stateside no one would credit what I saw developing. The misunderstanding and complacency among my friends and business acquaintances was striking. Today we see the consequence of that sort of thinking. This film ought to be required viewing in our schools and communities. Thanks!

Author — angeleum

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I see pony tails back at it again, this time in the tech scene

Author — America The Hero

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How eco friendly is that city? That would be an interesting aspect to look at. How is the water and air quality?

Author — Xez1919

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8 years old and already programing hardware. That's awesome!

Author — Brett Nelson

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This was a great documentary. I watched it till the end.

Author — Gerard van Oeveren

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From 3:23, "ALL PROPRIETARY AND NO OPEN SOURCE MAKES INNOVATION A SLOW PROCESS."

Author — Martin