Innovation

  • Apr 30 , 2021 | Innovation
    Tracking Steps | China's Smart Farms
  • Mar 29 , 2021 | Innovation
    Rethinking Our Approach to Food
  • Mar 25 , 2021 | Innovation
    Big Data Footprints
  • Feb 20 , 2021 | Innovation
    Wealth gaps are widening in many communities during this ongoing pandemic. In this episode, we take a look at how tech and business innovations push the world forward, but can often hold others back. Our Host James Chau explores companies like Tesla, whose success made its founder the wealthiest person in the world this year.
  • Feb 19 , 2021 | Culture
    Next Horizon How We Live
  • Jan 20 , 2021 | Innovation
    Amidst a pandemic that continues to shake the world, we sometimes need reminding that we really are “all in this together.” Astronaut Ron Garan knew he wanted to be an astronaut since he was a child when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. Now, after 178 days in space and completing four spacewalks, he offers us an “orbital perspective” on the unity of humanity that becomes clear when looking at our planet from afar. Our Host James Chau speaks with Colonel Garan about the awe and wonder of space — and the contrast with the fear and anxiety in the world today.
  • Jan 03 , 2021 | Innovation
    Solar power has been around for decades, and now there's a new way to make solar panels work 24 hours a day. One of China’s newest and largest solar installations is in the Kubuqi Desert of Inner Mongolia—employing breakthrough molten salt technology to create energy even in the dead of night. Our Host James Chau explores this new technology and the innovate it offers.
  • Dec 11 , 2020 | Innovation
    China’s Xi’an is known around the globe for its terracotta sculptures. But that’s not the only story hidden beneath the city’s surface. Xi’an is set to become the world’s next leading smart city with underground infrastructure at the forefront of its innovation. In ancient China, the city was a beginning point of the Silk Road. Now, Xi’an is home to nearly 12 million people, and is a landmark spot on China’s new Belt and Road Initiative. Our Host James Chau explores the history of the city and its infrastructural plans to lead China into the future.
  • Dec 04 , 2020 | Innovation
    The Chang’e 5 lunar vessel has landed on the moon—gathering samples from the moon's surface for the first time in 44 years. It’s a scientific feat and testament to human ingenuity. And it’s a symbolic mission for China, where people look to the moon to guide their calendar and holidays. Our Host James Chau describes the technology onboard the spacecraft and what the mission could teach us about the moon.
  • Nov 02 , 2020 | Innovation
    Technology has revolutionized banking and business, changing how we spend and think about money. Across the Pacific, China is on track to be the first nation to use a new currency, that is both digitally encrypted and also decentralized. Our Host James Chau unpacks this technology and the impact it could have.
  • Oct 07 , 2020 | Innovation
    While museums and historic parks around the world have been closed, China’s renowned Terracotta sculptures exhibit has announced a new virtual experience thanks to a 29-year-old coder and gamer. Hu Wengu uses artificial intelligence to transform still images of the famed sculptures, which date back as early as 200BC, into futuristic moving digital, interactive figures. Our Host James Chau details Wengu’s creation process, which is often time-consuming and involves quite a bit of trial and error.
  • Sep 30 , 2020 | Innovation
    ‘Made in China’ is something we see a lot on the products we purchase and enjoy—and most of these are manufactured in China’s cities. But the piano industry is a different story. China produces most of the world’s pianos, with one-fifth of that output coming from a small town called Luoshe. Our Host James Chau tells us his own history with the instrument that has the power to uplift our humanity in difficult times, and how Luoshe and its 10,000 people have trasnformed their craft into a global center for music.
  • Sep 29 , 2020 | Innovation
    Our Host James Chau explores the industry of Zhejiang province, which stakes its reputation on its manufacturing prowess. Its thriving Zhouxiang district has become synonymous in China with household appliances, as brand names from around the world come to source products. But now the production hub is embracing its own innovative technology, and paving the way for the future of Chinese manufacturing.
  • Aug 14 , 2020 | Innovation
    Despite the new challanges and an unfamiliar future, the world is on track to add a record-breaking amount of wind farms. In 2019, China accounted for 40% of the global growth in wind farming. Our Host James Chau goes into detail about the process of expanding wind farms and why it is imperative to prioritize a green development and recovery.
  • Aug 07 , 2020 | Innovation
    Developing effective public transportation is a major challenge for many countries, but China’s high-speed rails are giving regional flights a run for their money. For just $10 USD, you can go from Shenzhen to Hong Kong in 10 minutes. These bullet trains bridge Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, and Hong Kong in record time, connecting people, culture, and economy. Join our Host James Chau as he makes the trip from Futian to the heart of Hong Kong.
  • Aug 04 , 2020 | Innovation
    For millennia, societies and civilizations have looked to the sky for answers, including the Chinese people. From Confucian teachings to astrological belief systems, what goes on above—and how it impacts us on the ground—has been a part of their cultural fabric since ancient times, and on the 50th anniversary of China’s entry into the space race, they are now on a seven-month journey to Mars. Our Host James Chau tells the story of China’s relationship with space and its Mars mission launch.
  • Jul 16 , 2020 | Innovation
    China recently broke its own record for the deepest dive in the Pacific Ocean. Achieving 10,907 meters, the dive took place in the Mariana Trench—the deepest area of ocean in the world. In collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Shenyang Institute of Automation deployed the Haidou-1, a Chinese-developed underwater vessel, to collect samples and capture high-definition images that will shed more light on some of our oceans’ biggest mysteries. What we discover from this mission can help us better understand the world we live in.
  • Jun 22 , 2020 | Innovation
    From alternative milks to insect-based snacks, our supermarkets are changing amidst a global shift to sustainability. However, many are still not able to obtain the most basic of food supplies. Today, there remains a global food crisis, where 113 million people around the world suffer from extreme hunger. In this story, we dive into a world that is hungry for change and the innovations that could bring a new era of food.
  • Jun 18 , 2020 | Innovation
    Technology shapes the way cities worldwide handle municipal services. From public health to traffic congestion, the age of “smart city” tech is changing the way we live and has proven to be a key factor in containing health crises. Our Host James Chau explains how China’s mega-cities have integrated digital measures to enhance daily life for its citizens.
  • Apr 03 , 2020 | Innovation
    Millions of us rely on satellite technology every day, whether it be ordering food for delivery, checking the weather, or routing our way home on our smartphones. With China’s launch of its Beidou satellite system, global navigation technology is about to get an upgrade. Beidou, named after the Big Dipper constellation in Chinese, is a group of satellites positioned on different orbits that will allow clearer communication and better coverage around the world. Watch our story to learn more about its impacts on our daily lives.
  • Dec 19 , 2019 | Innovation
    After reshaping the American skyline with some of the most striking architecture of the modern era, renowned architect Zaha Hadid's vision for a spectacular transportation hub has sprung to life in Daxing, China.
  • Sep 17 , 2019 | Innovation
    Surgeons in China have achieved a medical ‘first’, successfully performing three simultaneous operations using the precision of robots and the speed of 5G networks.
  • Aug 05 , 2019 | Innovation
    Chinese scientists recently flooded two islands in southern China’s Guangdong province with hundreds of millions of mosquitoes... and then successfully cleared them all out.
  • Jul 29 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    Ever worried about taking your medicine on time? One entrepreneur in China has an innovative solution. Nick Zeng is based in Shenzhen, where he's created a smart pill box that reminds you what medicine to take, at what time - and also reminds your family and caregivers via a mobile app. Inspired by his grandmother, who suffers from a chronic disease, Nick invented a device that not only solves her problem, but can be applied more widely in a world that is advancing - and ageing.
  • Jul 11 , 2019 | Innovation
    Once known for manufacturing cheap toys and textiles, China is increasingly known for developing innovative technology that's transforming the world and how we interact. But what triggered this change, and what opportunities does this innovation provide for everyone? With a growing pool of engineers, massive investment in infrastructure, and an expanding network of suppliers, China is positioned at a fascinating global crossroads. James Chau dives into the story.
  • Jul 11 , 2019 | Innovation
    Huawei is one of the world's leading technology brands. It is introducing 5G to international markets, reshaping mobile communications, and transforming the way we interact with one another.
  • Jul 03 , 2019 | Innovation
    Three Chinese telecoms have been awarded 5G licenses, that could see the fifth generation of mobile communications roll-out to consumers as early as 2020. It will usher in an entirely new digital era of high speed and low latency, that will enable us to live and work ‘smart’ – and at a time when 55 per cent of the world's population lives in cities.
  • May 10 , 2019 | Innovation
    45 seconds could be enough time to wash the plates that have been piling up in your sink, wipe off the front of your refrigerator, or send that one email you've been avoiding. But, thanks to a streamlined immigration process, it's also the time it now takes travelers to enter or leave China. In this latest video, we explore how China is seeing a massive growth in the movement of people across its borders, and is responding by enhancing mobility and connecting people like never before.
  • Apr 23 , 2019 | Innovation
    A surprising 20-year-long data record from NASA has come out just in time for Earth Day, showing that the world has gotten greener within the past two decades. The greening is thanks to China and India’s efforts in forest conservation and expansion.
  • Apr 09 , 2019 | Innovation
    Bill Gates says she's changing the game. So does Al Gore. Tech teen Emma Yang, who grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in New York, loves her grandmother so much, she's created an app that uses facial-recognition technology to ensure that her family - and potentially millions more - can communicate meaningfully with people with Alzheimer's. James Chau met Emma in New York, where she gave him a preview of her Timeless app and discussed how humanizing technology can help create a better world.