"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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Is WhatsApp safe?
WhatsApp had a crazy hack! Hackers were able to get on your phone just by calling it. That's been patched but it's a reminder nothing is ever completely safe in 2019.
Why didn't Uber's IPO perform as promised?
Because they're losing tons of money. Because Lyft didn't do that well. Because their expansion into international markets, where they planned to go, has been harder than expected. Tough times at Uber.
Will cutting Huawei off from American technology hurt?
Trick question! Will it hurt Huawei? Yes, definitely. Will it hurt the American companiesthat supply Huawei? Yes definitely. Will it hurt consumers everywhere? Probably. Unless it changes the dynamics of the U.S. - China trade relationship in such a way that helps everybody, which is possible.
Should more cities ban facial recognition technology?
There's a tradeoff between privacy and safety. San Francisco just blocked facial recognition technology to help privacy but I think most cities are going to care more about their police departments being maximally effective and will choose safety.
Should Sri Lanka have blocked social media following the terror attacks?
That's a hard one. Misinformation spreads on social media and there's an instinct to say, "Wait, stop it!" But a lot of useful information also spreads and people get in touch with each other. So I would say no they should not have blocked it.
Should Amazon stop selling its facial recognition technology to law enforcement?
Probably. There's a big problem with its facial recognition technology where it has a harder time identifying people of color and women. It should surely solve that problem before it sells it to law enforcement or else it's going to get a lot of trouble.
Will Snap's move into games be a success?
Hard to say. So the problem with Snapchat is that they make really good products. They see the future, but they have a hard time building stuff that Facebook and Instagram can't copy. So, my guess? This is probably going to be a good product. Will they be able to make money off of it? We'll see.
Should I turn off Bluetooth when I'm not using it? Why?
Yes! Turn it off. Bluetooth is very susceptible to hackers. So there is a real risk. Toggle the little switch. Turn it off.
Is Instagram influence just as good as cash?
No. If you are a hotel or a restaurant and somebody shows up and they have two thousand Instagram followers and they say, "I'm an influencer give me a free meal! Say no."
And go deeper on topics like cybersecurity and artificial intelligence at Microsoft Today in Technology.