- Hosted by hacker Josh Klein, the series spotlights China’s most ingenious innovations and some of its greatest minds -
Mumbai, 29th August, 2016: This September, join hacker Josh Klein as he explores some of China’s most innovative experiments, technologies, and teams that are pushing the boundaries of human ingenuity, in a new series from Discovery. Find out how China is leading a wave of global innovation on SMART CHINA, premiering on Discovery on September 3, airing every Saturday at 11 PM.
Josh Klein is a hacker. He loves examining things – from systems to processes to animal behavior – then, taking them apart and putting the pieces together again to produce something better and more efficient. On each episode of SMART CHINA, Josh delves into how China – once known as the world’s biggest factory – transforms into the world’s biggest laboratory of entrepreneurship and invention, to help us live cleaner, greener, and smarter as we move into the next century.
The series will introduce unique new products and technologies such as the supercapacitor tram, food safety tracking systems, visible light communication, a price comparison app, and autonomous drive technology. It will also examine how these innovations could help address a number of environmental and lifestyle challenges faced in China, such as air pollution, water scarcity, traffic congestion, and food safety.
Josh travels thousands of kilometers to meet with some of China’s smartest minds, learn about their unique innovations, and joins forces with a panel of experts to search for innovations that could radically solve the world’s transport problems. A super powered tram packed with supercharged capacitors is capable of travelling almost ten kilometers on only ten seconds of charge. An incredible innovation has the potential to transform commercial air travel. An innovative travel tool could make daily commutes more convenient. The future of transportation is here!
In this episode, Josh unearths innovations that could radically transform our lives. An incredible tech uses naked light to transmit digital data 10,000 times faster than today’s Wi-Fi and it’s near impossible to hack; an advanced food safety tracking system ensures safety of produce from farm to table; and when self-propelled liquid metal robots find their feet and walk into our daily lives, this could well usher in a new century where science fiction becomes science fact.
Creating a smarter planet for the future does not mean negating the past. In fact – quite the opposite, combining traditional wisdom plus future tech equals a smart future. Josh investigates technology that could transform our lives and create a clean, green Smart Planet. This episode unveils groundbreaking futuristic projects: an elegant innovation harnesses the power of the sun like never before, maximizing plant growth and generating solar energy; a vehicle connected to the smart world around could make our futuristic life safer and more efficient; coal – an ancient energy – is being revolutionized and transformed into a clean green power source; and a living, breathing, cleaning machine has the ability to filter up to 2,400 cubic meters of polluted water a day.
SMART CHINA is produced by Discovery in cooperation with the China Intercontinental Communication Center (CICC).
Discovery, the flagship network of Discovery Communications, is devoted to creating the highest quality entertainment in the world and remains one of the most dynamic networks on television. First launched in 1985, Discovery reaches 210 million subscribers in Asia Pacific. It offers viewers an engaging line-up of high-quality non-fiction entertainment from blue-chip nature, science and technology, ancient and contemporary history, adventure, cultural and topical documentaries.
Josh started as a hacker in his parent's basement and ended up working with leaders at the upper echelon of business, government, and internet security.
Along the way it became clear that a tipping point in new technology was changing commerce as we knew it in a myriad of ways. From black market economies to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, from the radical departures in exchange and marketing enabled by Big Data to the as-yet-unrealized analytic capabilities of Cloud Computing, Josh has specialized in translating these insights into actionable strategies for business leaders.
Josh is a passionate hacker of all things. He examines systems, he takes them apart, and he puts different pieces together to produce something new and more effective. He hacks. Everything. His list includes social systems, computer networks, institutions, consumer hardware, animal behaviour, and many more. Josh knows that the greatest innovations come from rethinking ordinary situations, or hacking; a do-it-yourself movement with roots inside the engineering community. A hacker is someone who is willing to take a system apart to create new opportunities. A “hack” in the traditional engineering sense is a clever re-use of technology or systems to achieve a superior result. It’s also increasingly the most common means of innovation available to any organization or individual.
Josh has been heard on radio stations around the world – from NPR in the USA to India Today in India. He has written for numerous publications such as the Guardian, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and has been interviewed by The New York Times, Wired Magazine and countless others, on topics ranging from cybersecurity to alternative publishing models to crows. He is also a published author and television host.