Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside

Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

"A brilliant and empathetic guide to the far corners of global capitalism." --Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing

From FSGO x Logic: stories about rural China, food, and tech that reveal new truths about the globalized world

In Blockchain Chicken Farm, the technologist and writer Xiaowei Wang explores the political and social entanglements of technology in rural China. Their discoveries force them to challenge the standard idea that rural culture and people are backward, conservative, and intolerant. Instead, they find that rural China has not only adapted to rapid globalization but has actually innovated the technology we all use today.

From pork farmers using AI to produce the perfect pig, to disruptive luxury counterfeits and the political intersections of e-commerce villages, Wang unravels the ties between globalization, technology, agriculture, and commerce in unprecedented fashion. Accompanied by humorous “Sinofuturist” recipes that frame meals as they transform under new technology, Blockchain Chicken Farm is an original and probing look into innovation, connectivity, and collaboration in the digitized rural world.

FSG Originals × Logic dissects the way technology functions in everyday lives. The titans of Silicon Valley, for all their utopian imaginings, never really had our best interests at heart: recent threats to democracy, truth, privacy, and safety, as a result of tech’s reckless pursuit of progress, have shown as much. We present an alternate story, one that delights in capturing technology in all its contradictions and innovation, across borders and socioeconomic divisions, from history through the future, beyond platitudes and PR hype, and past doom and gloom. Our collaboration features four brief but provocative forays into the tech industry’s many worlds, and aspires to incite fresh conversations about technology focused on nuanced and accessible explorations of the emerging tools that reorganize and redefine life today.

Title:Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780374538668
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    Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside Reviews

  • Meike

    Xiaowei Wang is a Chinese-American artist, researcher and activist working on technology-related issues. In this book, they describe their travels through the Chinese countryside, searching for the so...

  • Gabriel Nicholas

    I Went to Rural China and All I Got Was This Valuable New Perspective on the Relationship Between Technology and Geopolitics....

  • Vipassana

    AI is not the balm to any problem—it is just one piece of the ever-hungry quest for scale. The purchase of Halloween costumes in suburban United States fueling the replacement of growing wheat wi...

  • Julie

    i just read a very angry review of this book by an ayn rand fan about how it's too ideological haha. i'm mulling it over... regardless the facts alone in this book are so interesting. and the ideology...

  • Tanuj Solanki

    Xiaowei Wang does the tough task of critiquing tech-religion while being a tech-optimist. The marvelous part is that the book works as a travelogue, as a short survey, and as a general critique of the...

  • Chris

    3.5 stars...

  • Marks54

    This is a fun and hugely informative book of essays on the state of technology in rural China. The author is very smart Chinese-American woman who seems to combine the skills of a software engineer wi...

  • Rollin

    This was the book I looked forward to the most this year.It is a deeply empathetic work that pulls no punches. The book is both meandering and deliberate where every personal aside and theoretical div...

  • Allison

    life really is mr. worldwide2 quotes i loved:- A once complex relationship to nature has flattened and been diminished to cash cropping, the earth becoming factory, once rich soil becoming dirt.- My l...

  • Ula

    A very insightful, beautifully written book about technological advances in rural China. For some time, I am convinced that this country is like Japan in the 80s - they are at least a couple of years ...