Radiolab

The Wubi Effect

55:02 | Aug 14th

7 recommendations

When we think of China today, we think of a technological superpower. From Huawei and 5G to TikTok and viral social media, China is stride for stride with the United States in the world of computing. ...Show More


Recommendations

gustborges recommended:Sep 4th

Loved this episode. I'd never thought about the Chinese keyboard system and the discussions in the end of this episode are fascinating... And daunting.

I thought this episode was:

😲 Fascinating
💡 Educational
🤔 Thought-provoking
🕵️‍ Well-researched

rmmiller364 recommended:Aug 22nd

Super fascinating episode! I have studied Japanese and it’s similar in that there are several ways to input Japanese, kana (syllabic phonetic characters) or Rōmaji (the Latin alphabet). The latter is similar to the pinyin method for Chinese. Being a native English speaker studying Japanese as a fore...Show More

I thought this episode was:

💡 Educational

jennx recommended:Aug 20th

On how China’s tech renessaince almost didn’t happen because the Chinese language (with over 70K characters) could not fit into a keyboard

I thought this episode was:

🕵️‍ Well-researched

danny recommended:Aug 16th

A really fun / educational story.

I thought this episode was:

😊 Delightful
💡 Educational
🕵️‍ Well-researched

mm recommended:Aug 16th

Fascinating story about how Chinese writing almost went into extinction because technology couldn’t handle the characters, and how it’s about to go extinct again for nationalism. I’m a Pinyin typer vs Wubi and the professor is 100% correct that you forget how to write the letters once you reduce it ...Show More

I thought this episode was:

😲 Fascinating
💡 Educational
🤔 Thought-provoking
🤯 Unbeliveable
🕵️‍ Well-researched

phocks recommended:Aug 15th

Go into a Starbucks in China and everyone will be typing using a different keyboard system. Find out why in this episode. Fascinating stuff.

I thought this episode was:

👍 Well-produced
🕵️‍ Well-researched
📝 Well-written