- 27 Jan 2021 00:28
China has a major advantage in this field because its technology provider infrastructure is so unified and the user pool is so large couipled with the fact that apps are so all encompassing and centralized. Integration is the norm. 1.2 billion Chinese spend an average of 3-4 hours every day on wechat for example, that's far more than the rest of the planet spends on any one service combined. Wechat can pay your water bill, order you lunch, a taxi, an airline ticket, transfer your money between bank accounts, pay for something anywhere at any time, send a loved one a message or video, you can hold a conference over it, you can donate money to a charity, sign up for classes at a school, use it on a facial recognition vending machine, etc etc the list is endless.
And they all coordinate their incoming data in state run centralized datacenters. This leads to a massive amount of iteration and deep learning for their search engines and payment system goods/advert recommendations. This leads to faster AI development. The only coordination that occurs between apple, facebook google and twitter is the government mandated surveillance regimes (for different countries) that demands access to specific user segments and the advertising data they sell to Indian and Chinese firms.
So no, nothing to do with stolen tech. Everything to do with putting such technologies to use on a much greater scale and centralizing the ensuing resource called user activity. Tik Tok is so valuable because its mainland chinese branch Douyin has 800 million users which over the course of 3-4 years trained the recommendation algorithms far beyond anything instagram, facebook or twitter could replicate in 20 years.
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