VR Tops the List of China’s Top 5 Tech News Searches In 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, Baidu has announced the most searched news in China. Based on data collected in the first eleven months of this year, a total of 26 lists on a wide range of topics like international and domestic affairs, “in” words, poplar apps were complied by leveraging data from various services under Baidu’s brand.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 searches about tech.

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VR is also taken very seriously by mainland tech companies. Nearly all leading domestic internet companies released VR devices or VR-related services: Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Xiaomi, LeEco, Sougou, Baofeng, as well as many small companies. At the same time, business use of VR technology is opening more opportunities in this booming market.

Detecting Gravitational Wave

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Recruitment show Only You with Guo demonstrating his equations

For decades, scientists have been attempting to detect the gravitational waves that Albert Einstein predicted in his general theory of relativity. The first observation of gravitational waves was finally made on 14 September 2015 and was announced in February this year.

In China, this news went even further with calls for Fang Zhouzi, an outspoken critic and science writer, to apologize. Five years ago, Fang appeared on 非你莫属 (Only You, a job hunting show) as a judge. During the show, he went on to ridicule Guo Yingsen, a 55-year-old who had been recently laid off, for his belief in gravitational waves. Fang and Zhang Shaoshang, host of the show, were both roasted online for their harsh and, more importantly, erroneous words.

AlphaGo Beats Go Master Lee Se-dol

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In a competition in March 2016, Google’s AlphaGo program beat Lee Se-dol 3-0 in a best-of-five match of Go, considered to be much more challenging for a computer than chess due to its complexity. The event was seen as a landmark moment for artificial intelligence, and hence, triggered concerns that AI will doom human race in the future. Scientists and engineers have taken sides on what are the future prospects for AI and human race. But one thing is for sure, the technology is receiving the attention it has never obtained before from both entrepreneurs and investors.

Shenzhou 11 Crewed Spacecraft

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China launched Shenzhou-11 spacecraft on October 17th, sending with the Long March Rocket two astronauts who spent a 33-day stay in the space station. That was the longest Chinese astronauts have spent in space. It is China’s sixth manned space mission since 2003. A source of enormous national pride for China, the space program has been receiving lots of public attention linking is with the country’s economic and technological progress.

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