What is the Chinese government doing?

Jordan Harbinger AI:

The Chinese government is involved in a variety of activities.

  1. They're implementing a social credit score system, as discussed with Laowhy86 in episode 643. This system rewards or punishes citizens based on their behavior, including things like not showing up for online dinner reservations or having a poor academic record.

  2. They're also involved in managing the country's response to crises, such as lockdowns. However, as Laowhy86 pointed out in episode 763, this has led to issues like corruption and people being unable to meet their basic needs.

  3. On a more strategic level, the government is investing in key areas of technology and infrastructure, as discussed with Kai-Fu Lee in episode 139. They're not necessarily picking winners, but they are providing support to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and building infrastructure to enable new technologies like autonomous vehicles.

However, it's important to note that there's a significant amount of propaganda and control involved in these activities, and criticism or dissent is often not tolerated.