Someone just tweeted about this feature in WeChat that sounds almost as appealing as it is incredibly scary. Here’s how it works:
- Upload your selfie to WeChat official account
- Run Shanghai half-marathon
- Within hours get back photos of yourself (from thousands of pictures made by freelance photographer)
- Pay $1 to buy unwatermarked images
The best summary of why this could be problematic was by @donohoe:
It sounds like this could be from a popular sci-fi book but it’s real. Welcome to the future!
2018, a world where you can compliment the president of the United States to get anything done. Twitter link
Techcrunch has a good summary of why this is so strange, after the US installed a seven-year ban on selling to ZTE a month ago.
China Xinhua News on Twitter
Chinese researchers successfully cloned a monkey. So it begins.
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China is the surveillance state that we think we’re trying to prevent. Plot twist: China already has all the data and makes money with it.
World’s largest factory for animal cloning to be built in Tianjin, China
China is building an animal cloning factory to produce amongst other “things” a million beef cattle by 2020.