China is living its technological momentum.
The country’s Internet giants, once hailed as engines of economic viability, are now being scorned for exploiting user data, abusing employees and paying for innovations. Alibaba co-founder Jack e Man Man is an e-commerce title. His companies are under government control for ways to gain control of the world’s second-largest economy.
But there is one technological figure who has managed to keep the Chinese society in his society, the mixture of the industry captain’s courage to throw a timeless bomb seems to be adapted to this moment of shattered dreams երազ disappointment. Elon Musk.
“He can fight the institution, become the richest man on Earth, avoid being beaten in the meantime,” said Shang Yin hang, CEO of ShellPay, founder and CEO of the Shanghai blockchain company. “He is everyone’s hope.”
Whether hope, jealousy, or morbid curiosity, like spectators hoping to see one of its missiles fall from a blast, China cannot be satisfied with Musk. Tesla electric cars are big sellers in the country, and the government’s growing space ambitions have sparked a community of fans who follow every SpaceX launch.
Social media platforms are full of videos և articles that think whether a South African-born billionaire is a trace or a scam և examines everything from his upbringing to his taste in Beijing. The founders of Startup swear by its belief in “first principle thinking”, which seeks solutions by studying problems at their most basic level. A series of books by Chinese authors promises to reveal the secrets of the “Iron Man of Silicon Valley”, a nickname that seems to have remained in China, rather than the King of Mars or the Rocket Man.
Question and Answer In a long post about Musk on Zhihu, a user named Moonshake wrote that most people start out full of hope but gradually accept the “mediocrity” that is their destiny.
“Only a superman like Musk can go through infinite mediocrity to the infinite to see the splendor of the universe,” wrote Munsheik.
Another user on the same topic said that he named his son Elo to express his admiration. The user did not respond to a request for comment.
Tesla, the giant plant near Shanghai, started production in 2019, contributing to the growth of the company’s production capacity. When Tesla shares rose to new heights in January, making Musk the richest man on the planet, Chinese fans demanded credit. (Musk’s response to the news: “Well, let’s go back to work…” – liked 22,000 times on the Chinese social platform Weibo).
At the end of that month, when Musk approved a rise in GameStop shares, many in China exaggerated, and the drama sparked the same distrust of big financial institutions.
“Occupy Wall Street can never be copied in China,” said Shanghai businessman and investor Suji Yang.
Many Chinese techies associate their industry with a sense that it is no longer truly inventive or innovative. While Musk refuses to build futuristic cars or colonize the universe, they see the best ideas of their generation designing mobile games, figuring out how to place more ads on social media and manipulate real estate.
“China has no other Silicon Valley lunatics,” said Yang. “Everyone has become a piece of cardboard,” he said. “Investors will not touch on ideas that seem ‘crazy’ from a distance.”
Musk acolytes are a passionate bouquet everywhere. But its popularity in China has been helped by the adoption of Tesla by an authoritarian government, in contrast to the United States and China, which have never trusted each other less in high-tech companies.
Musk praised the intelligence of Chinese officials, which he met in preparation for the opening of the Shanghai plant. The company was allowed to operate its plant without a local partner, primarily for a foreign automaker based in China.
In China, people were amazed at how Musk treated the country’s hard-nosed authorities. They were more critical of how he sometimes treated his own employees. Last year, he attacked California health officials who demanded that the Tesla plant be closed due to coronavirus problems. The company’s also focused on racial discrimination in the workplace.
“He’s a real dreamer, a creator, but he’s also a cold-hearted megalomaniac,” said Hong Bon, a longtime tech commentator in China who writes under the name Keso. “I admire his courage in breaking the old-fashioned conventions; yet I do not like his violation of the lower echelons of humanity.”
Musk and Tesla did not respond to requests for comment.
Big Tech frustration is part of a bigger problem in China. For many young people, decades of disgraceful economic growth seem to have only led to opportunities for fierce competition, less stability, less talk about the direction of their lives.
The term “involution” on the Chinese Internet is an “involution” that anthropologists used to use to describe agrarian societies that grew in size or complexity without becoming more advanced or efficient.
The feeling among Chinese youth that they are struggling more for a slim chance of material gain gives them hope of “reorganizing life in a different way.” said Biao Xiang, who studies social change in China and is director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany.
Despite criticizing the high-pressure work culture of the tech industry աշխատանքային the abuses of economic growth, Chinese youth are more skeptical of the huge impact that online platforms like Alibaba have on trade և finances. However, Xiang believes that people in China have not turned to businesses that offer more tangible technological advances, which is why Musk’s industrial optimism is still attractive.
“They are not really against technology,” Xiang said. “They are more against such platform manipulations of social relations.”
There are no obvious technology tycoons in China. It’s just that their careers never seem to go very far without getting into trouble.
There is Just Astin Sun, the cryptocurrency whistle, who paid $ 4.6 million to dine with Warren Buffett but later apologized for “excessive self-promotion.” Or Jia Yueting, who launched Apple’s best smartphone smartphone և was in debt. Even Alibaba’s Ma seems to have helped catalyze violence against the government by speaking a little too frankly at an event about its nervousness with regulators.
Still, Muskie’s style of caring for the devil would probably have received little attention in China if it had not seen him trying to solve great problems for civilization, such as sustainable energy. In a country where most people have seen new technologies greatly improve their lives, there is less cynicism about the distant future than in the West.
“Young Chinese see media as Mai և Pony Mai, head of social media giant Tencent, ‘more like rich men և successful entrepreneurs’ than visions like musk,” said Flex Yang, co-founder of Babel Finance cryptocurrency financial services :
The two unrelated parts were just “in the right place at the right time,” Ian said.
Jack you Man Ման Musk shared the stage at the 2019 Shanghai Technology Conference. It is possible that there has never been a more inappropriate couple. Ma was seriously involved in the role of the conference grandmother. Musk was graceful and joking. They both talked a lot right before each other. Ma said the answer to supercomputers is a better education for people. Musk just laughed at that.
Comments on the collection of awkward moments from the event posted on the Bilibili video site are harsh, mostly on Ma.
“This is the man who was once considered a god in China,” one man wrote. “In the presence of a real master, he is like a performing monkey.”
Alibaba declined to comment.