So I saw him in a conversation with a coworker and he was about TikTok and.
his primary point was that he had heard there was a conspiracy theory.
that TikTok’s algorithm within China was designed to promote science and.
technology and knowledge and try to improve sort of the sense of what is.
cool is being knowledgeable and smart and you know functional in society.
whereas the algorithm in America was designed specifically to promote you.
know Booty shaking and dumb stuff the overall intent being that Chinese kids
grow up thinking that being smart is cool whereas American kids grow up
thinking being dumb is cool.
and I had heard that conspiracy theory before but it’s pretty easy to debunk
and the way you can debunk it is go look at the countries and the economics
and what it is to run an app.
so I want to make my video sharing app I’m a Chinese company I therefore
want to start in my home country I want to start making my app in China.
no basically every app in China is going to have to be approved by the
Chinese government the Chinese government is not going to approve an app.
that promotes deviant behavior and activity according to the government.
so your algorithm within China is going to have to promote stuff that the
Chinese government likes or the Chinese government is just not going to
approve your app now your app is proven to be very popular you want to
promote your app in America
you are restricted by the American government in the same way the American
government doesn’t tend to dictate what kind of comment content gets
promoted on your app you can promote anything you want so what you want to
do is promote what kids like in America
you promote what kids like what kids like well they like Booty shaking and
they like jackass dumb stuff and they like people getting hit in the nuts
that’s just the jackass stuff
they like pranks I mean these are kids in their dumb and they like dumb
stuff so you start promoting the dumb stuff so more kids get on your app and
they make more dumb stuff and the cycle continues indefinitely
so for each region you introduce your app to it would actually make sense to
have an algorithm designed to promote something within that region.
we all know that apps algorithms they’re specific to the individual like we.
did a little experiment in my office where everyone installed tiktok fresh
and we wanted to see how quickly it could figure out we were meant and start
like promoting basically girls to us
and it was really really quick because one of the interesting aspects of
tiktok is it has a couple of points of reference so like a post on Facebook.
really has how many people like it.
so it’s one point of reference tiktok keeps track very much so who likes it
who interacts with it how long people spend on the video so if it’s a 30
second video how do you watch the full 30 seconds do you see it and then
move on really quickly
do you watch multiple loops in the same video so let’s say there’s a really
attractive woman I’m going to end up watching
that loop let’s say three four times.
tiktok now has a sense that I like that woman so let’s find more women like
that and stick it on chunk of beef chest timeline he’s going to look at
those I didn’t even like it because I don’t want anyone to know that I like
women I don’t want people to know that I’m being creepy and old and looking
at these women
but tiktok knows that if they put the right woman in front of me I’m going
to watch that loop multiple times and that’s what they want they want you
stuck in their loop.
so the conspiracy theory aspect of this can actually be explained way by
economics the economics of running an app in China and the economics of
running an app in America are going to be totally different entities with
different possibilities and different things you can do to make the app
but within China you have to do these things to be successful otherwise the
Chinese government is going to shut down
your app you just won’t have an app anymore.
this led me on to thinking about other conspiracy theories and could they be
sort of more explained away by simple stuff.
and primarily when I was looking at conspiracy theories because if you go
search conspiracy you get the same like 10-15 so I’m really just going to
talk about those for a little bit.
the moon landing is the most famous conspiracy theory ever that the moon
landing was faked.
and the only problem I have with that so like the stuff they point out the
reflections this was on the soundstage
they don’t move right all this other stuff.
the issue I have with that is the sheer volume of people involved in that
level of conspiracy means there are that many people that would be leagues.
so the fact that so many people are involved so you have all the people are
in this case pretending to be technicians who
work for NASA which is maybe a fake agency.
you have all the people on the soundstage you have the actors themselves the
pretend astronauts you have all the people
who are filming stuff and making stuff
all the people who made all the stuff the engineers who made the fake ship.
that fake shot off into space.
all of those people like we’re talking now hundreds and hundreds and
hundreds of people none of them leaked it none of them brought out
definitive proof that the moon landing was fake.
all of it comes from documentary evidence so like I have this picture and I
found this one thing in this picture that convinces me that’s not real
but I’m not saying that humanity is moral but there is a certain amount of
people who would be like this is hard for me to live with and now we’re
getting to the point where a lot of the
people who were involved in that project.
they’re getting old and they’re gonna die there’s no reason for them to hide
anymore I’m gonna be dead in five years I mean the government can’t come
after me and kill me if you think the conspiracy goes that far.
there’s absolutely no reason for me not to just tell the truth before I die
and they’re not doing that none of the astronauts have come forward and do
that none of the engineers have come forward and do that none of the people
who are working on the supposed soundstage have done that.
all those people are just keeping their mouth shut and it just doesn’t make
sense anymore because living with that
lie the entirety of your life is a burden
and someone sooner or later statistically is going to have that burden is
going to be too much for them and they would crack and since that’s not
happening that in itself convinces me it is more likely that it really
happened than not I’m not saying it did or didn’t
but I’m thinking it’s more likely it did happen secondary to that there’s
all the technology that we’ve got gained from all the stuff they’ve used to
design spaceships and living on spaceships and stuff like Velcro
is one of the more classic examples but why do we have Velcro because they
needed something that would hold stuff down in space and you couldn’t you
know tape everything to everything it would be too wasteful to do too.
difficult Velcro is a product of the space program
now that could also have been developed by people on the ground but why why.
go through the effort of developing Velcro if you’re not actually going to
use it in space.
so then I got into some other I have three more so I thought it would be
more fun to do when covid was introduced to the world it’s now three to four
years ago so I remember reading about it four years ago and then it came to
Japan where I live and it was a problem.
covid kills old people and it’s not you know designed to do that is this old
people have weaker immune systems the more
susceptible to disease that kind of stuff.
covid could be quite rough if you had underlying conditions which old people
are those underlying conditions are more likely to exist.
but the conspiracy theory in Japan was that covid was designed by the
government to kill off all the old people so
they wouldn’t have to pay out the pension.
so that the the this would basically essentially save the economy in Japan
and across Asia there are like too many China and Japan are all suffering
from low birth rates they have more old people than young people
this is going to be more of more of a burden on health care on the pension
it causes a lot of problems because you need young people to support old
people and we just don’t have enough people to do that so one solution
create a disease that doesn’t have a big impact on young people
and will actually kill off old people and off you go you have your new
conspiracy theory that falls apart to me only because pretty much every
disease just the flu
the cold the common cold any disease you come up with is going to kill old
people in larger numbers than young people so you don’t need a conspiracy
theory to explain why that’s happening is this older people are more
susceptible to diseases.
that’s just the problem with getting old one of the ones that came out
was 5G towers so the introduction of 5G was around the same time as covid.
this would cause covid I found that interesting because a lot of the people
who were saying 5G causes covid were also the people who were saying that
covid doesn’t exist so they had the little
sort of dichotomy issue in their thinking.
because they were saying that covid is not a thing but then 5G causes covid
so either those people hated each other because one of them saving covid is
real but 5G is causing it
the other group is saying that covid is not real at all it’s just a fake I
had someone come at me on Twitter for a video I did talking about covid and
they said it’s just a flu
I’m like well you could actually say yes covid is just a flu but it’s a flu
that’s more communicable it’s a flu that kills more people.
so I mean calling it just a flu doesn’t reduce the number of deaths as a
result of this just a flu.
but the interesting idea that 5G towers were causing covid because the 5G
towers undermine your immune system
I was just sitting there going wanting like I don’t see how those waves do.
it like I guess I don’t know I’m a little stuck on that one.
because they never explained how the 5G towers are weakening your immune
system they were just this is one of the problems with conspiracies in
general is the lack of specificity
is they’re saying a causes b and if you ask how does a cause b they can’t.
answer so I can’t argue the point because I don’t have enough knowledge of
how the points are supposed to be connected
I don’t have enough knowledge of science to be able to explain away the.
thing they’re saying I know I’ve had 5G in
my pocket for years and years and years
and I don’t believe it’s affected my immunity or maybe I’m particularly
robust or who knows what happened there
they then took it a step farther and said the vaccine so 5G is causing covid
so that you have to get the vaccine
so the vaccine will have a tracking implant in it that will then go into
your body so the government can track you
the government can already track you there’s no reason to put 5G chips into.
your body and they can track you because you have a smartphone.
if you’re reading like these a lot of this stuff comes
from Twitter if you’re reading this stuff on Twitter.
you’re probably reading people who have posted this stuff from their phone
is very likely I mean maybe they have a
computer and stuff but people have computers
they probably have smartphones too smartphones have GPS the government of
almost every country the companies that make these smartphones they can turn
on the GPS whenever they want and find you
and the fact is everyone who has a smartphone is carrying around that
smartphone 99% of the time maybe you don’t have it on you when you sleep is
probably right next to your bed
which means the government knows when
you’re in bed sleeping very interesting
sidebar is in Japan they have love hotels love hotels are where couples go.
to have personal relationships which is fine
it primarily was set up because a lot of young people don’t have apartments
they live with their parents and stuff like that.
which causes issues when you want to get intimate with your partner maybe
you have a family and you have grandparents and kids in the same house and
it’s not conducive to a romantic relationship
you can go to a love hotel of course these are also used by a lot of people
who cheat on a lot of other people.
so those are dead zones when it comes to cellular things so basically my
phone will not track me if I go into a love hotel
but I actually think that’s just as bad because if suddenly I’m in the area
of a love hotel and my phone signal
drops out for let’s say two or three hours
and then my signal picks up again two three hours later as I walk away from
the area with the love hotel in it
I think that’s telling you all the information you need technically it’s not
a lie it’s a lie of a mission which is a very interesting kind of lying to
do or kind of interversion block so if you
go to court you can say this is just saying
that I was not being tracked it doesn’t say I was in a love hotel
so how can you you can’t draw that conclusion but I think any logical person
can draw the conclusion if you’re in a dead zone and that dead zones only in
a love hotel for two hours
we know exactly where you are and we can
therefore extrapolate what you were doing
the chips there is no chips small enough to
go through the head of a needle right now
then I know but of course conspiracy theorists will say that that’s been
developed maybe the vaccine itself is some kind of nanotechnology
I’ll give them that I’ll be fine with that but there’s no need to go to that
extreme if you have a cell phone in your pocket
and any government agency can just be like please show us where that person
is this with his phone number and they can show it’s in this car driving it
this fast at this area.
we’ve just pinged it off three self-towers we triangulated this position we
now know exactly where that person is oh wait they’re in a dead zone they’re
probably in that love hotel
so it was the fact that it’s not necessary so I believe in laziness of human
nature we’re going to actually not find the most efficient way to do
something because it’s the most efficient way.
we’re going to find the most efficient way to do something because we don’t
want to do that much work
why go through the trouble of creating 5G that creates corona virus that
means people then have to get a vaccine that you can then inject a tracking
system into when you can just track their phones
there might be a few people who don’t have phones but we have surveillance
systems everywhere I do Ninja News
Japan and on Ninja News Japan regularly I.
talk about a crime and the crime was solved by just following the person who
committed the crime.
on by tracking them on surveillance video so they go from place to place to
place there’s a camera here camera in the subway camera at this door
and then the police just follow them all the way home and then they show up
they’re housing go like high you’re under arrest.
you don’t need to inject people to keep track of them it’s actually very
easy to keep track of people already.
which takes us to sort of one of the bigger ones the flat earthers now flat
earthers I’m not going to get too harsh on flat earthers I do find it
difficult to accept that every planet in
the solar system is a globe except earth.
that’s the bit that that would be my sticking point as a non flat earther is
like if you’re going to convince me you have to convince me why everything
else is a globe and this is not a globe
because that in itself doesn’t make sense to me but flat earthers there’s a
large group of them who do not believe Australia exists
and this is related to the previous 5G corona virus injecting you with a
vaccine to track you why are you making it that complicated so I’m making my
I’m making my conspiracy we’re going to try to convince everyone that the
world is round so the world is actually
flat we’re going to like give you that
we’re going to take the time to convince everyone the world is round what
we’re going to do is add into that roundness an entire continent of people to.
just add that layer of complication to our conspiracy theory which that part
makes no sense to me
so the flat earthers will tell you that Australia doesn’t exist if you meet
someone who’s taken a trip to Australia
what they’ve done is gotten an airplane flown around in a circle in the air.
then landed like somewhere in Texas where
every Australian person they meet as an actor
and then the question comes up again this hits the two points that we’ve hit
previously why why would I make it that complicated if I was going to
convince you the world was round.
I would just not include Australia it would just be easier to not have to
make a place where we have to fly everyone
to convince them the world is round
and I don’t see how having Australia makes you think the world is rounder
than a world without Australia in it.
and then we get to the same thing is the fake moon landing the sheer volume
of people so you need all the people who are in Texas pretending to be
Australian you need all the pilots all the people who work for airlines all
the people who do like engineering and stuff who organize all this stuff you
need all the cartographers
and all those people now we’re talking like I would say probably millions of
people need to all be included and agree with the conspiracy theory to hide
the fact that the earth is round and be tried to convince everyone that a
place called Australia exists when it doesn’t
I don’t see the benefit to that and I don’t see why no one over time would
crack like there’s been no one who works in cartography who goes oh you know
what I just put Australia down it was pretty awesome that day
there’s no there’s no pilots have come forward and said yeah I just flew
around in a circle for 14 hours and landed in Texas and everyone in this one
town in Texas uses an Australian accent which is why the Australian accent
is so ridiculous in the first place because
it’s not real it’s just been made up
the sheer volume of people who need
to be complicit makes it unreasonable so.
that is kind of my sticking point when you get to a saturation point of
numbers is when a conspiracy theory starts to fall apart
because some of those numbers would come forward sooner or later I’m not
saying right away but they would come forward sooner or later in an attempt
to say like look I’m now 80 years old I was part of the moon landing I was
part of like making a post
Australia I’m going to tell you the truth because I’m going to die in two
years and it doesn’t matter anymore and I think the world should know the
truth that has not happened in any real way.
we get one more conspiracy theory and it’s a little lighter one which I’m
glad because I didn’t want to end off with flat earth and COVID.
is new coke so for a while I think it was the 80s Coca-Cola corporation had
coke and then they made new coke and the conspiracy theory is they purposefully
made an inferior product to kind of wash away the memory of how good.
so that later on they could reintroduce coke classic with cheaper
ingredients and a therefore cheaper products but then everyone would like it
better because they’re comparing it to
new coke which went away a few years later.
the only reason I actually don’t believe that conspiracy theory is because
the president of coke coke corporation came forward and said we are neither
that stupid nor that smart
so as an advertising campaign to tank your own products that you could then
bring back your previous product at a cheaper price is a stroke of genius
because when everyone’s clamoring for all you know I like coke I’m the new
coke is not as good I would love coke classic we bring back coke classic at
the same price but it’s a little cheaper but now it’s been a year
I don’t remember what coke classic tastes like I’m just happy to have my.
coke classic back that’s a genius piece of marketing and he said just quite
frankly we’re not that smart but also the risk you would have to take to.
tank your own product and then know it’s going to be successful.
he said we’re also not that stupid and I agree with those both those points.
so only get to conspiracy theories.
I would actually say economics is really the thing that’s going to explain
whether it’s really not the economics of tick talk explain exactly why the
algorithm is different in different regions
I think there’s probably an Asian tick talk there’s a Chinese one
specifically because they have their internal Internet there’s an American
one probably America’s they probably they have their own algorithm
and that has nothing to do with the conspiracy theory to promote science in
China and degrade the western demon it’s just because we have to make the
Chinese government happy to sell our product and we have to make American
youth happy to sell our product
the moon landing again the sheer volume would be the first problem the
volume of people involved but also economically it doesn’t really make sense
to fake the moon landing like there’s no benefit to it that is so beyond
other than like we have gone to another planet.
there’s no value in that other than like is the again the moon landing was a
significant event and then people go like why hasn’t it been replicated but
hasn’t been replicated because there’s not that much there there’s nothing
to go get like if they found something worth bringing back I guarantee you
would have gone back a million times
it just turns out that it’s a big rock with not much on it
COVID designed to kill off people in Asia it hasn’t solved the problem so it
wasn’t successful so as a conspiracy theory I found that one really
interesting but it didn’t really do the thing it was supposed to do it’s
certainly not in the numbers not enough to actually change the economy in
Japan and other Asian countries.
tracking people there’s no reason to economically go through all that effort
like to create the vaccine with the tracking stuff in it why go through that
much money when you can just track people on their cell phones.
Japan probably much like America has like a 60 70 80% saturation rate with
their smartphones like Japan’s like 80 or 90 with phones and like 60% of
those are smartphones.
it’s just way cheaper to actually like people are already carrying a
tracking device around their pocket why would we go invent another one.
Flat Earth one again money why would we spend that much money creating a
system to to create a fake Australia when we don’t have to.
and then the effort involved doesn’t make any sense and then new coke I
think he explains it yeah we’re not that smart we’re also not that stupid
hopefully you’re not that smart and you’re not that stupid that you fall for
any of these conspiracy theories.