Dr Li Zi gave a keynote speech “"Online Urbanization: Historical Retro through InformationalTechnology " to The Internet Think Tank Singapore Summit 2017 (Old Congress House, Singapore):
'While Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are continuing to evolve, capital is poured into virtual world expeditions. As a result, a new production and consumption cycle is about to come into being, or we may say that it has already been formed. Since the establishment of capitalist production relations, humans, once one of the productive forces, has been regarded as a fugitive and disruptive factor (men tend to feel uncertain about their future and have unrealistic expectations) that should be excluded from production means and forces. The newborn capitalism will become a closed cycle without the participation of men, establish new production relations, and generate a steady and constant flow of productive forces.
While the lives of the vast majority are transformed by technology and capital, they also lost the game. More and more people believe that their fate is doomed and out of control. They are somewhat aware of the plight. But how do they think of their role in this plight? Nowadays, more and more elites and grassroots share a pessimistic attitude toward the future. Have they foreseen the embarrassing tomorrow of their children? ' －“Oline Urbanization"(Dr Li Zi, 2019.1. https://www.springer.com/us/book/9789811336027)