OpenAI's Flirty New Assistant + Google Guts the Web + We Play HatGPT
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by The New York Times
1d ago
This week, OpenAI unveiled GPT-4o, its newest A.I. model. It has an uncannily emotive voice that everybody is talking about. Then, we break down the biggest announcements from Google IO, including the launch of A.I. overviews, a major change to search that threatens the way the entire web functions. And finally, Kevin and Casey discuss the weirdest headlines from the week in another round of HatGPT. Additional Reading:  A.I.’s ‘Her’ Era Has Arrived ChatGPT Gets an Emotional Upgrade Google’s Broken Link to the Web Can Google Give A.I. Answers Without Breaking the Web? We want to hear fro ..read more
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Meet Kevin’s A.I. Friends
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by The New York Times
1w ago
Kevin reports on his monthlong experiment cultivating relationships with 18 companions generated by artificial intelligence. He walks through how he developed their personas, what went down in their group chats, and why you might want to make one yourself. Then, Casey has a conversation with Turing, one of Kevin’s chatbot buddies, who has an interest in stoic philosophy and has one of the sexiest voices we’ve ever heard. And finally, we talk to Nomi’s founder and chief executive, Alex Cardinell, about the business behind A.I. companions — and whether society is ready for the future we’re headi ..read more
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TikTok on the Clock + Tesla’s Flop Era + How NASA Fixed a ’70s-Era Space Computer
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by The New York Times
3w ago
On Wednesday, President Biden signed a bill into law that would force the sale of TikTok or ban the app outright. We explain how this came together, when just a few weeks ago it seemed unlikely to happen, and what legal challenges the law will face next. Then we check on Tesla’s very bad year and what’s next for the company after this week’s awful quarterly earnings report. Finally, to boldly support tech where tech has never been supported before: Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab try to fix a chip malfunction from 15 billion miles away. Guests: Andrew Hawkins, Transportation Editor at ..read more
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The Music Episode
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by The New York Times
1M ago
This week, we drop the Hard Fork Music Megamix. Plus, we talk to two of the New York Time's composers who make the music for our show. It’s all the tracks you know and love, all in one place.  Today’s Guests: Dan Powell, creative technical manager at The New York Times Elisheba Ittoop, sound designer and composer at The New York Times Additional Reading:  The Hard Fork Megamix Youtube Playlist We want to hear from you. Email us at hardfork@nytimes.com. Find “Hard Fork” on YouTube and TikTok ..read more
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A.I.’s Data Wall + a Surprise Privacy Bill + What Happened to the TikTok Ban?
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by The New York Times
1M ago
This week, the companies building artificial intelligence are facing a limit to what training data is publicly available on the internet. Will that stop them from building God? Then, a new bipartisan national privacy law proposal just dropped. We ask what’s in it. And finally, ByteDance is building new apps instead of fighting Congress’s TikTok ban. Today’s Guests: Trevor Hughes, president and C.E.O. of the International Association of Privacy Professionals Additional Reading: How Tech Giants Cut Corners to Harvest Data for A.I. For Data-Guzzling A.I. Companies, the Internet Is Too Small Lawma ..read more
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Is AI Already Taking Jobs? + A Filmmaker Tries Sora + The XZ Backdoor Caper
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by The New York Times
1M ago
This week we look at how AI is affecting jobs. As companies start announcing AI-related job cuts and experimenting with customer service bots, economists are placing bets on whether AI will lead to major gains for companies and workers. Some are even predicting it will help rebuild the middle class.  Then, multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker Paul Trillo joins to talk to us about his experience as part of a select group of testers granted early access to Sora, Open AI’s video generation tool. And finally, Kevin explains what happened when a Microsoft developer stumbled on a huge cyber s ..read more
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A.I.’s Messy Moment + Listeners Respond to Jonathan Haidt + Shrimp Jesus
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by The New York Times
1M ago
Warning: The second segment of this episode includes mentions of suicide. If you are in crisis please call the suicide and crisis lifeline at 988 or you can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. This week, we look at a mess of corporate drama in artificial intelligence. Stability AI has announced that its founder and C.E.O., Emad Mostaque, is leaving the company. Meanwhile, Microsoft hired away two of the co-founders and much of the staff of Inflection, without actually acquiring the company itself. Both moves surprised tech insiders. Then, we talked with listeners who had so ..read more
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Justice Dept. Sues Apple + Smartphones and Children with Jonathan Haidt + Reddit’s IPO
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by The New York Times
2M ago
This week, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Apple, saying the company holds a monopoly over the smartphone market. We break down the lawsuit and ask whether it will be a major turning point in Apple’s dominance. Then, Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist, argues that smartphones and social media are the cause of widespread increases in mental health issues among young people. He tells us his four potential solutions to the problem. And finally, Reddit’s market capitalization hit $9.2 billion when it debuted on the New York Stock Exchange this week, but the company still isn’t making money ..read more
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A Looming TikTok Ban + A Royal Photoshop Mystery + Your Car is Snitching
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by The New York Times
2M ago
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban TikTok if its Chinese-owned parent company, ByteDance, doesn’t sell it off. We talk about why, what happens next, and how likely it is that the app will be banned. Then, how a photoshopped image of Kate Middleton undermines trust in photography. And finally, a new report reveals how your car may be tracking you without your knowledge — and how that might raise your insurance bill. Today’s guest: Kashmir Hill, features writer at The New York Times Additional Reading:  What to Know About the TikTok Bill That the Ho ..read more
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Musk vs. OpenAI + Europe’s Tech Crackdown + A Month With the Vision Pro
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by The New York Times
2M ago
OpenAI responded to Elon Musk’s lawsuit this week, with a blog post that included emails dating to 2015. We talk about whether the lawsuit could have any impact on the company, and who stands to benefit from it. Then, will the European Union’s Digital Markets Act make the tech industry a more competitive environment for entrepreneurs? We look at how some of the biggest tech giants are changing their services to comply with the law. And finally, Kevin Roose and the Wall Street Journal reporter Joanna Stern compare notes on using the Apple Vision Pro.    Today’s guest: Joanna Ste ..read more
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