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Twitter bans QAnon; CRISPR gene tech

Nicholas Thompson, Editor-in-chief of WIRED, provides his perspective on technology news:

Twitter has said it will knockout QAnon. How will that work out?

QAnon is a strange, mysterious, far-right conspiracy theory. Twitter removing it will actually make a difference. It's very easy to say, "oh, we'll just migrate to Facebook or elsewhere," and that is partly true, but Twitter is a central node in how the conspiracy theory is spread. Remove it, and it will spread more slowly.

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Facebook civil rights audit; TikTok in Hong Kong

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, provides his perspective on technology news:

Will the new audit of Facebook civil rights practices change the way the company operates?

Yes. It came under a lot of pressure from civil rights activists who organized an advertising boycott. And then an internal audit on Facebook's effect on civil rights came out. It was quite critical. Those two things, one after the other, will surely lead to changes at the company.

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Can Facebook's algorithm remove hate speech? Meltdown-proof nuclear reactors

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, discusses technology industry news today:

Do some of the Facebook's best features, like the newsfeed algorithm or groups, make removing hate speech from the platform impossible?

No, they do not. But what they do do is make it a lot easier for hate speech to spread. A fundamental problem with Facebook are the incentives in the newsfeed algorithm and the structure of groups make it harder for Facebook to remove hate speech.

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The Great Decoupling

"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?

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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