The End of Vice
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1M ago
VICE may be over, but Cyber is still here at the end of it all. Matthew, Emily, Anna Merlan, Tim Marchman and Mack Lamoureux are here to eulogize the company and explain what the fuck just happened. Thanks for listening over the years. And don’t worry—we’re not logging off for good. Matthew and Emily will be back sometime soon with a new podcast project. Stay tuned. Vice’s New Owners Prepare to Slash What’s Left of Its Work Force Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information ..read more
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Why Congress's Fears of Russian Space Nukes Is Political Theatre
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by VICE
2M ago
Cyber is a show covering a diverse range of topics. We’ve covered everything from crypto to AI to online cults. If it touches technology or online culture, we’ll talk about it. That’s how you get an episode like today’s, which is both a deep dive into professional wrestling’s latest scandal and a discussion of the latest existential threat: nuclear weapons in space. Vice features editor Timothy Marchman can do it all. First, Marchman walks us through the newest allegations against WWE boss Vince McMahon. It’s a civil case that may have wider ramifications for how the U.S. handles non-disclosu ..read more
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AI Deepfakes Are Everywhere and Congress is Completely Out of Their Depth
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by VICE
2M ago
An AI-generated Biden called voters in New Hampshire ahead of the primary and told them to stay home. X locked down the search term “Taylor Swift” after AI-generated nudes of the pop giant flooded the platform. In the wake of both scandals, Congress has struggled with how to fight back against the flood of fake bullshit. Keeping the world from drowning in fakes affects all of us, but some of the cures sound worse than the sickness. This week on Cyber, Motherboard Senior Editor Janus Rose and Fight for the Future’s Lia Holland come on to talk about the limits of legislation around AI-generated ..read more
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How to Read Leaked Datasets Like a Journalist
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by VICE
2M ago
We live in a golden age of data. Every day, hacktivists release terabytes of data on sites like DDoSecrets, but sorting through it all requires some technical knowledge. What if you don’t know XML from SQL let alone how to write a simple Python script? Micah Lee is the director of information security for The Intercept and he’s on Cyber today to talk about his new book: Hacks, Leaks, and Revelations. The book is a manual for people who want to learn how to parse and organize hacked datasets. It also contains stories of how Lee and others handled famous cases such as Blueleaks, neo-Nazi Discor ..read more
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What a Novel About an AI Documenting the Last Human Says About Our Real Dystopia
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by VICE
3M ago
The unreliable narrator of After World, the new novel from author Debbie Urbanski, is an AI tasked with writing a book about Sen, the last human on Earth. In this world, humanity is done. The world is moving on without us and Sen was born for a purpose: to watch the planet change itself without humanity. After World is a story about artificial intelligence, climate change, and what we can hope to leave behind for our children in a doomed future.  On today’s episode of Cyber, Emily and Matthew sit down with Urbanski to discuss all of it. Stories discussed in this episode: The original s ..read more
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The Future of Nukes Involves AI and Nobody Knows What Happens Next
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by VICE
3M ago
According to the hype, artificial intelligence is changing everything. The truth is more complicated, but that doesn’t mean that companies and governments aren’t rushing to embrace the new technology. It’s even being used to update an old and destructive technology: nuclear weapons. America is modernizing its force, Russia is building new kinds of nuclear weapons, and China is increasing its nuclear stockpile. At the same time, all three countries are looking to AI to outsource the dangerous and deadly work of apocalyptic destruction. But what, exactly, does that look like? When it comes to ..read more
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OpenAI’s Make or Break Lawsuit and the Golden Idol of AGI
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3M ago
The New York Times kicked off the holiday season by suing OpenAI and Microsoft. The paper of record believes that ChatGPT is violating various copyrights by using its articles as training data. It’s a landmark case that may end up before the Supreme Court and might change copyright law in America forever.  This week on Cyber, Sharon Goldman of VentureBeat sits down with us to discuss the lawsuit, the coming presidential election, and all the other big AI stories she’s watching in 2024. Stories discussed in this episode: Why NYT vs OpenAI Will Be the Copyright Fight to Watch in 2024 The ..read more
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The Great American Train Wreck Isn’t Going Away
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by VICE
4M ago
On February 3, a train crashed in East Palestine, Ohio releasing toxic chemicals into the air. Almost a month later, another train owned by the same company also derailed in Ohio. That’s not all. Trains in Charlotte are running slower than they should. NYC can’t fit trains into its new station. The list goes on and on. What the hell is going on with mass transit in America? If you’re a long time Cyber listener, you might already know some of the answers to this question. That’s thanks to returning champion, Motherboard senior writer Aaron Gordon. ‘It’s Going to End Up Like Boeing’: How Freig ..read more
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The Old Internet Is Dying, and Something Worse Is Being Born
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by VICE
4M ago
As we slide into the winter holidays, Cyber is taking some time to relax with old friends and discuss the things that truly matter: the decline of the internet, creator culture, and the transcendent power of movies.  This week on Cyber, Aftermath co-founder Gita Jackson stops by to talk about “Napoleon,” the death of film criticism, and what happens when a big name on YouTube plagiarizes you. Stories discussed in this episode: Please Stop Asking Me To Sue James Somerton Cyber Live is coming to YouTube. Subscribe here to be notified. Subscribe to CYBER on Apple Podcasts or wherever yo ..read more
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How Online Fights Affect Real World Battlefields
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by VICE
4M ago
Your posts matter more than you think. Social media has changed the way wars are fought and the internet has become a new battlefield.  Twitter may be dying, but it still matters an awful lot to policy makers. TikTok is ascendent, but often because its content can be repurposed on other platforms. Telegram can give you the news on the ground, but only if you trust the sources. With all this information flowing and everyone motivated by personal politics, who can you trust? This week, Emerson T. Brooking joins Matthew and Emily to explain how online discussion shapes the reality on the ..read more
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