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Michael Calore: In one phrase?
Lauren Goode: I’ll offer you a phrase.
Michael Calore: Elon Musk.
Lauren Goode: Oh, actually? It’s like a correct noun.
Michael Calore: Yeah.
Lauren Goode: It’s like an improper noun.
Michael Calore: I imply, he looms massive. What about you?
Lauren Goode: I went with a dictionary phrase, so I selected inauspicious.
Michael Calore: Inauspicious.
Lauren Goode: Inauspicious.
Michael Calore: That’s darkish.
Lauren Goode: Look it up. It is darkish. It is, but it surely’s been a bizarre yr.
Michael Calore: It has been a really unusual yr. I imply, all years are unusual, however I believe this yr is off the charts.
Lauren Goode: We ought to speak about it.
Michael Calore: Let’s do it.
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Lauren Goode: Hi, everybody. Welcome to Gadget Lab. I’m Lauren Goode. I’m a senior author at WIRED.
Michael Calore: I’m Michael Calore. I’m a senior editor at WIRED.
Lauren Goode: This is our final Gadget Lab episode of the yr. Now prior to now, we might normally publish a rerun episode round this time of yr, however we heard that you simply all really actually like listening to Gadget Lab in December, perhaps since you’re searching for a bit escape from the household otherwise you’re touring and also you want some pods for the lengthy experience. So we’re right here taping this in mid-December and hoping you will see a bit pleasure on this episode. So Mike and I’ve been doing quite a lot of reflecting and a few debating over the most important tech information of 2022. As journalists, we’re typically overlaying the information, however a giant a part of the job can be being an avid information client, and we have each been completely steeped in all issues metaverse, Web3, Zuck, Apple, Twitter, SBF.
Michael Calore: Elon.
Lauren Goode: Elon Musk. Mike, I’m simply going to get straight to it. What do you suppose was the most important tech information story of 2022?
Michael Calore: Well, after we ready for this episode, we compiled our personal lists of the issues that we wished to speak about, after which we shared our lists with one another. I’ve one thing that I need to speak about, however I believe the factor that you simply need to speak about is extra essential. So we must always speak about that first, and that is Tweelon.
Lauren Goode: Tweelon.
Michael Calore: Mr. Tweelon.
Lauren Goode: Yeah. I imply, you just about hinted this within the intro to our present that this was going to be a giant matter for us at this time. So this one first began again in April when Elon Musk mentioned he would tackle a 9.2 p.c stake of Twitter and train his affect over the corporate by its board. Then he rapidly mentioned he would not be becoming a member of the board, after which a couple of days later introduced his intention to only purchase Twitter, simply purchase it for someplace round $44 billion. Now, a complete bunch of stuff occurred within the following months, the place Musk then accused Twitter of getting an even bigger bot downside than initially disclosed. Twitter buyers sued Musk on and on and on. Musk gave the impression to be looking for a means out of the deal whereas the remainder of us had been making an attempt to determine what an Elon-owned Twitterverse would seem like. Then on the finish of October, it really occurred. The deal closed and Tweelon, as we have been calling it right here at WIRED, was an actual factor, however in fact, it isn’t just like the chaos went away—fairly the other. Musk fired half of Twitter employees. He introduced after which held again on plans for a brand new verification scheme and an elevated subscription price for Twitter Blue. He reinstated some outstanding accounts on the platform. He blocked some others. He launched a batch of recordsdata about content material moderation that appeared to quantity to quite a lot of performative transparency. Most lately, he stoked conservative trolls by tweeting one thing derogatory about folks’s most popular pronouns. Yeah, and that is, by the way in which, simply in mid-December as I discussed.