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

Future Cities, a full-length documentary strand from WIRED Video, takes us inside the bustling Chinese city of Shenzhen. Subscribe to WIRED▻▻ We examine the…


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  1. How is the fact that this is merely rearranging IP that was developed using investment and capital. Where protections ensure return on desirable products. These makers are takers and rearrangers. Apple is not copying these guys as a whole. Yes there is genius in the crowd, but the city as a whole would regress if capitalism wasn’t pushing forward with resources of scale.

  2. Poor planet! too much development and consumption! where do all those resources come from? all developed countries should gather at a teble and start a plan to reduce mass consumption, because otherwise nature won t be merciful!

  3. Very interesting documentary. I'd say they're a little self righteous about their counterfeiting. I wonder what they'll think once the manufacturers go to India and elsewhere where they then Shanzai schenzen. I'm not a fan of our late stage capitalism in the West but I do feel like it's a race to the top whereas this is almost certainly a race to the bottom. I hope it works out because this seems nicer but I just don't think it's sustainable. And as someone whose biz is constantly ripped off online there's only so much constant innovation you can do to stay ahead before you get burnt out and done with it. Maybe they have a better system in place to deal with that than we do (lower cost of living?).

  4. Thank you western civilization for enlightening my eastern city. No question here, anything of even moderate success in China has been due to Western Civilization and it’s greatness. Give credit to your gods and stop pretending like your ideas had anything to do with your success here. They have lots to say but little to no credit to the western world.

  5. "It costs €15 to change a phonescreen here"

    That's great, but he's replacing it with a cheap chinese knockoff screen with lower quality, less pixels, lower brightness and worse everything.

  6. 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!

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