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Elon Musk opens up about having ‘Asperger’s’ on SNL

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Tech guru Elon Musk revealed he has ‘Asperger’s syndrome’ during his debut appearance on SNL.

Tesla and Space-X founder Elon Musk revealed he has ‘Asperger’s syndrome’ during his recent Saturday Night Live appearance. He said he’s the person openly on the spectrum to host the program.

“I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s [syndrome] to host SNL. Or at least the first to admit it.”

TESLA CEO ELON MUSK AT SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

“I don’t always have a lot of intonation or variation in how I speak… which I’m told makes for great comedy,” he joked in his opening monologue. “I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL.”

This claim has since been challenged, with social media users pointing out that past SNL hosts Dan Aykroyd and Jerry Seinfield also ahves Asperger’s syndrome.

“Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?”

Musk went on to say, “To anyone who’s been offended, I just want to say I reinvented electric cars, and I’m sending people to Mars in a rocket ship. Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?”

“Look, I know I sometimes say or post strange things, but that’s just how my brain works,” he said.

However, many advocates in this area are concerned about Musk’s use of labelling, and what it will mean for the neurodivergent community.

This criticism has been echoed on social media, pointing out that professionals no longer use the term ‘Asperger’s’ as a diagnosis.

One Twitter user, @wpetruziello writes, “Elon Musk does not represent the autistic community.”

Dogecoin Plummets

Musk also took his cameo as an opportunity to plug the meme crypto, Dogecoin.

Shortly after, stocks fell by nearly 30% to $0.5 from around $0.7.

The price then rebounded from its low to around $0.57 after SNL finished.

During his appearance, the Space-X CEO said the cryptocurrency would “take over the world,” calling himself the “Dogefather.”

This comes after prices soared amid anticipation of Musk’s much-anticipated cameo during the past week.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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TikTok launches Instagram competitor ‘Notes’

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TikTok Notes has launched in Australia & Canada as a formidable competitor to Instagram, offering a unique platform for content creation, text and sharing.

“TikTok Notes is a lifestyle platform that offers informative photo-text content about people’s lives, where you can see individuals sharing their travel tips and daily recipes,” reads the official App Store description.

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The app allows users to create content by combining short videos with text-based notes, closely resembling that of Meta’s Instagram.

Whether it’s sharing a quick tutorial, a personal anecdote, or a thought-provoking message, TikTok Notes is positioned to be a formidable social media platform.

Currently, the app is only available for download and “limited testing” in Australia and Canada.

As it gains momentum, the platform is poised to contest Instagram’s established reign in the social media landscape.

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Ramifications of a TikTok ban to impact Open Internet

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The United States’ longstanding advocacy for an open internet faces a critical juncture as Congress considers legislation targeting TikTok.

The proposed measures, including a forced sale or outright ban of TikTok, have sparked concerns among digital rights advocates and global observers about the implications for internet freedom and international norms.

For decades, the U.S. has championed the concept of an unregulated internet, advocating for the free flow of digital data across borders.

However, the move against TikTok, a platform with 170 million U.S. users, has raised questions about the consistency of America’s stance on internet governance.

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Critics fear that actions against TikTok could set a precedent for other countries to justify their own internet censorship measures.

Russian blogger Aleksandr Gorbunov warned that Russia could use the U.S. decision to justify further restrictions on platforms like YouTube.

Similarly, Indian lawyer Mishi Choudhary expressed concerns that a U.S. ban on TikTok would embolden the Indian government to impose additional crackdowns on internet freedoms.

Moreover, the proposed legislation could complicate U.S. efforts to advocate for an internet governed by international organizations rather than individual countries.

China, in particular, has promoted a vision of internet sovereignty, advocating for greater national control over online content.

A TikTok ban could undermine America’s credibility in urging other countries to embrace a more open internet governed by global standards.

 

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BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says AI leads to higher wages

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Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock Inc., has outlined his vision for the impact of the firm’s investment in artificial intelligence.

During the company’s recent earnings call, Fink emphasized the connection between productivity gains driven by AI and the potential for rising wages among BlackRock’s workforce.

He explained the firm’s ambition to leverage AI technology to enhance efficiency, enabling employees to accomplish more with fewer resources.

Fink’s remarks underscore BlackRock’s strategic approach to harnessing AI as a tool for optimising operations and driving organisational growth.

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By leveraging AI-driven productivity enhancements, the company aims to empower its employees to deliver greater value, thereby paving the way for wage increases across the organisation.

The CEO’s statement reflects a broader trend in the intersection of technology and labor dynamics, where advancements in AI and automation have the potential to reshape workforce dynamics and compensation structures.

Fink’s optimism about the transformative impact of AI investment on employee wages highlights BlackRock’s commitment to embracing technological innovation as a catalyst for sustainable business growth and employee prosperity.

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