The rubric “Made in China” contains weekly news from the Middle Kingdom, not included in the main stream of 4PDA: announcements, rumors and simply interesting events from the life of the main supplier of electronic goods in the world. From this issue you will learn about the construction of a new Xiaomi headquarters; the secret of success from the founder of Alibaba and plans for the development of nuclear fusion.
Xiaomi completed the construction of a new headquarters
Xiaomi continues to expand rapidly and therefore began construction of a new headquarters in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, last year. It is expected that the office will accommodate about 10,000 new employees who will be engaged in artificial intelligence, the Internet of things, processing large amounts of data, cloud technologies, e-commerce, etc. Company representatives said that the building will be fully operational by the fourth time. quarter of this year.
At the moment, the campus is divided into two parts: the main building with office space and a low annexe, which will house a large exhibition hall and a dining room.
“Wuhan is ideal for a research and development center because it is conveniently located in central China and has a rich talent pool thanks to famous universities in this region. With plans to build a headquarters with up to 10,000 employees, Xiaomi wants to make Wuhan a new center in the era of artificial intelligence, ”said the founder and head of the corporation Lei Jun.
To encourage relocation of valuable employees from other regions of China to the new headquarters, Xiaomi offers high salaries at the Beijing level, as well as various privileges and bonuses for relocation. At the same time, the company asks to remain in the new workplace for at least two years.
Alibaba chief considers overtime as the norm
A scandal broke out in China a few weeks ago: local IT companies started blocking access to the repository on GitHub, in which users complained about working conditions and made a black list of organizations. Quite unexpectedly, the founder of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, who had previously announced his retirement from the corporation , defended overtime. During a speech to Alibaba employees, he called the opportunity to work from 9 am to 9 pm 6 days a week (996) “a huge blessing” for young people.
“I personally believe that the opportunity to work 996 is a great blessing. Many companies and people do not have the opportunity to work in this mode. If you are not working 996 when you are young, when can you work like this? In this world, everyone wants success, a good life and respect. But let me ask you all if you do not spend more time and energy than others, how can you achieve the success you want? ”Said Jack Ma.
As a confirmation of his words, the founder of Alibaba cited the example of the IT industry, in which some people who want to get a comfortable eight-hour working day do not have a job at all, are constantly in search of income or face layoffs. Ma noted that at one time he himself worked hard for 12 hours a day to succeed, and would not trade it for simpler working conditions.
The Chinese intend to "curb" nuclear fusion by 2040
Mastering nuclear fusion should be a revolution in the field of energy – this will allow obtaining energy on an almost unlimited scale, pushing particles together without the threat of a nuclear explosion. But at the moment, the energy costs of starting the synthesis process itself are too high and not justified. Therefore, China began to actively develop tokamak capable of conducting controlled thermonuclear fusion.
Last year, the Chinese managed to successfully set a temperature record of more than 100 million degrees Celsius. The next stage should be the construction of a superconducting tokamak, code-named "EAST", which will be ready by the end of the year . On its basis, in five years, they will begin construction of the world's first stable thermonuclear fusion reactor. It is expected that it will take about 10 years. Then the researchers intend to start creating a generator that will work in tandem with the reactor. And only by 2040 should receive energy from nuclear fusion.
Interestingly, by 2025 the launch of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is planned, in the development of which 35 countries from all over the world, including China, are taking part. The estimated project cost is 19 billion euros. China spent nearly $ 1 billion on creating its own tokamak; plans to allocate another $ 893 million for the construction of another one.