Many Chinese tech firms are equipping the country’s farms with artificial intelligence, facial recognition, and blockchain technologies to monitor their pigs’ health.
But none of this has managed to curb the biggest epidemic facing Chinese farms today – the outbreak of the African swine flu, a gruesome and deadly disease that’s poised to leave 200 million pigs dead.
It shows the limit to China’s technological ambitions, which many observers consider dystopian and Orwellian.
China is the world’s largest consumer and producer of pork, and the swine flu is expected to affect the world’s supply, demand, and price of pork.
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