In the near future, a lack of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to support tech companies could lead to “brownouts” or inability to “deploy certain technologies,” creating big problems across a variety of fields in China.

According to Peter Thimmesch, chairman and CEO of US-based Addrex, this lack of IP addresses could affect fast-developing fields like artificial intelligence.

“[If] you want to add additional services or add additional customers … you cannot do so without additional address space,” he said.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.