"Decoupling." It's a word more closely associated with celebrities than global politics. But when it comes to the United States and China, it represents the biggest geopolitical shift to happen since the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the latest episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer examines the implications of the two giants going their separate ways in technology. What will it mean for consumers, and will other countries be forced to pick sides in the cyber battle?
Can Huawei survive the US-China tech cold war?
That is one of the questions of the year. They are on the defensive. ARM pulling their chip designs. A very big blow. Google saying they can't work with them. A big blow. I think Huawei will survive. But this is going to be a very fierce debate for the next few months.
Are Silicon Valley employees overpaid?
They are certainly paid a lot. The average employee at Google makes something like $250,000. On the other hand, does that mean they're overpaid? There's a lot of competition. Google makes money. The money has to go to someone. They give it to their employees and the shareholders.
Can AI be a fair judge in court?
It's a good question. Would you trust a judge that's actually a computer system? Certainly for some simple things like adjudicating parking tickets. 100% Complex cases? I don't know. We're gonna have humans involved for quite a while.
Will Uber's delivery drones take off?
This is a weird one. Definitely a lot of stuff will be delivered by drone. People don't really like drones. They don't really like Uber, so bad combination. I'm not sure they're going to lead the market.
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It's been a momentous few days in the US-China tech cold war. The confrontation between the world's sole superpower and its biggest geopolitical rival is still more economic and technological than ideological or military, but it's shifting fast. Here's a quick rundown.