Nicholas Thompson is Working From Home

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, provides his perspective on technology in the age of the coronavirus pandemic:

Will an extended pandemic make the already vulnerable movie theater industry defunct?

It is going to hurt the movie industry. It is going to hurt every industry. It will put a lot of movie theaters out of business because for at least the next few months, very few people are going to go. On the other hand, I do think we will get over this. And I do think once we are over it, people will start to go back. So, it will be a moment of serious transition, and then I hope recovery.


Outside of coronavirus, what's the big tech story I should know about?

Well, the EU just passed rules about the right to repair gadgets. I think that's great. All gadgets should be designed so that you can repair them. So, they last longer. It's sustainable. It's really, it's better for everything.

How is the work from home lifestyle going so far?

Well, I'm working from home. My kids are here, but they've completely learned that they should never distract me. And that's not a problem at all. So, things are good.

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It's the decision that could kickstart intra-Afghan dialogue, and pave the way to ending the US occupation in Afghanistan after 20 bloody years.

On Sunday, after days of deliberations that involved thousands of Afghan delegates packing into one tent (what's COVID again), President Ashraf Ghani agreed to release hundreds of Taliban prisoners from government jails. The move opens the way to intra-Afghan dialogue under a deal that the US brokered directly with the Taliban earlier this year.

The Trump administration has touted this development as a major step towards peace, but after nearly two decades of war, the relevant players are still miles apart when it comes to laying out a common vision for the conflict-ridden country. What do they all want?

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"Go ahead, take it," President Putin says to you.

"Take what?" you ask.

"This Covid vaccine," he continues, turning a small syringe over in his hands. "It's safe. Trust me. We… tested it on my daughter."

Would you do it? Russian President Vladimir Putin is betting that a lot of people will say yes. On Tuesday he announced that Russia has become the first country to register a COVID-19 vaccine, and that mass vaccinations will begin there in October.

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20.4: The UK economy is now officially in a recession for the first time in 11 years, after British economic growth plunged by 20.4 percent quarter-on-quarter from April to June 2020. The quarterly decline — attributed to the economic crisis fueled by the coronavirus pandemic ­— is double that of the US and second only to Spain's in Europe.

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