China, Technology & the 2008 Summer Olympic Games

china olympics China has been gearing up for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing for almost a decade. IEEE Spectrum has charted some of the most significant issues facing this burgeoning technology powerhouse, from building a sustainable showcase city outside of Shanghai to creating the country’s very own digital television standards. And over the next three weeks, Spectrum contributing editor Kieron Murphy will blog about the events and devices that are making this Olympics the testing ground for the most sophisticated sports technology ever devised.

Tech Talk Blog Coverage

Olympic Tech in China
At the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, the challenge for the world’s athletes will be to embody the creed Citius, Altius, Fortius (Swifter, Higher, Stronger) through their physical and mental abilities. Still, in some cases, there are going to be instances where technology will offer a helping hand. We’ll take a look at such cases in a special blog during the games.

Special Report

Spectrum cover June 2005 China’s Tech Revolution
June 2005
As their country is remade, the people of The People’s Republic look to a future of opportunities and unknowns

Recent China Coverage

How to Build a Green City
June 01, 2007
Shanghai hopes to build the world’s first truly sustainable city


Syn City
June 01, 2007
Could Zaozhuang’s hybrid chemical and power plants help clean up China’s energy sector?


Why China Wants Its Own Digital Video Standard
June 01, 2007
A new A/V compression standard aims to free China’s consumer electronics industry from high licensing fees

Running Against The Wind
A double-leg amputee and his high-tech prosthetics are blazing a trail into able-bodied sports. Will they be welcomed?