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Bard Fork + How to Talk So Chatbots Will Listen

By The New York Times/Fri, 24 Mar 2023 09:00

Google has unleashed its A.I. chatbot, Bard, to the world. And, Spotify’s A.I. D.J. knows your taste – perhaps a little too well.

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BONUS: Hard Fork Live! Big Tech’s Arch Nemesis + Bot, or Not?

By The New York Times/Mon, 20 Mar 2023 20:00

Jonathan Kanter, who heads up the Justice Department’s antitrust division, believes that antitrust laws are critical for innovation — from ad tech to A.I. The assistant attorney general is bringing a new philosophy to enforcing those laws. So, how is

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GPT-4 Is Here + The Group Chat Bank Run

By The New York Times/Fri, 17 Mar 2023 09:00

It’s acing standardized tests, building websites and hiring TaskRabbits — GPT-4 is “equal parts fascinating and terrifying.” OpenAI has released its latest model, alongside A.I. announcements from Meta, Google and other industry players. The A.I. arm

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A Congressman Goes to A.I. School + How to Ban TikTok

By The New York Times/Fri, 10 Mar 2023 10:00

Representative Don Beyer thinks artificial intelligence is “the most amazing technology since fire.” So what does it mean that most of Congress seems not to understand it? Then our colleague David McCabe discusses a bill that could dramatically expan

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Everyone Pivots to A.I. + Bad News for Crypto

By The New York Times/Fri, 03 Mar 2023 10:00

Snapchat launches a chatbot. Meta plans to “turbocharge” its A.I. work. Elon Musk explores “BasedAI.” At this point, who isn’t making an A.I. play? Plus: Is crypto finally dead? Also, a new TikTok filter is making people terrifyingly hot.

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Kevin Killed Sydney + Reddit’s C.E.O. Defends Section 230

By The New York Times/Fri, 24 Feb 2023 10:00

Bing AI isn’t sentient. But it’s more than glorified autocomplete. How do we talk about — and understand — the power of today’s large language models? Then, Reddit’s C.E.O., Steve Huffman, on Section 230 and why the future of the internet lies with t

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The Bing Who Loved Me + Elon Rewrites the Algorithm

By The New York Times/Fri, 17 Feb 2023 10:00

“I’m Sydney, and I’m in love with you. 😘” A conversation with Bing AI (aka Sydney) turns romantic and bizarre. Why Microsoft’s AI search tool appears more powerful — and unsettling — than we thought. Then, inside Elon Musk’s quest to be the most pop

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Bing’s Revenge + Google’s AI Faceplant

By The New York Times/Fri, 10 Feb 2023 10:00

Microsoft’s release of a ChatGPT-powered Bing signifies a new era in search. Then, a disastrous preview of Bard — Google’s answer to ChatGPT — caused the company’s stocks to slide 7 percent. The A.I. arms race is on. Plus: What “Nothing, Forever,” t

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A Trip to TikTok + ChatGPT’s Origin Story + Kevin Systrom’s Comeback

By The New York Times/Fri, 03 Feb 2023 10:00

TikTok is opening up a “Transparency and Accountability Center” to try to win over skeptics. Is the company’s strategy working? Then, the origin story of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and how the company kicked off an A.I. arms race. Plus: The co-founder of Inst

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Meta’s Trump Calculus + Regime Change at Netflix

By The New York Times/Fri, 27 Jan 2023 10:00

What does Donald Trump’s reinstatement on Facebook and Instagram mean for our politics and platforms? Then, Netflix in its post-Reed era. Plus: How the Bored Ape Yacht Club went from being the Disney of Web3 to handing out sewer passes for their new

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Elon's Crumbling Empire + Generative A.I. Goes to Court

By The New York Times/Fri, 20 Jan 2023 10:00

Nearly three months into Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter, things are in a "shambolic" state. Is the rest of Elon’s empire also in trouble? Then, an artist fighting generative A.I. sets the stage for a legal clash. Plus: what goes wrong when A.I. bec

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A Teacher Who Loves ChatGPT + Is 'M3GAN' Real?

By The New York Times/Fri, 13 Jan 2023 10:00

A high school teacher on how the new chatbot from OpenAI is transforming her classroom — for the better. And, “M3GAN” may be closer than you think. Plus: Why Gen Z is chasing the digital camera aesthetic.

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ChatGPT Transforms a Classroom + Is 'M3GAN' Real?

By The New York Times/Fri, 13 Jan 2023 10:00

A high school teacher on how the new chatbot from OpenAI is transforming her classroom — for the better. And, “M3GAN” may be closer than you think. Plus: Why Gen Z is chasing the digital camera aesthetic.

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TikTok’s Spying Scandal + ChatGPT Puts Google on Notice + Phone Jail

By The New York Times/Fri, 06 Jan 2023 10:00

Calls to ban TikTok or force its sell-off from its parent company ByteDance are gaining momentum, especially after reports of ByteDance’s surveillance of several U.S. journalists. And could Microsoft’s investment in OpenAI mark the end of Google’s se

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SBF Arrested + 2023 Predictions + Your Questions Answered

By The New York Times/Fri, 16 Dec 2022 10:25

The year of the “mini-Musk” chief executive, the end of homework as we know it, a crackdown on TikTok and other predictions for 2023. Also, Sam Bankman-Fried’s arrest and answers to our listener questions.

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Can ChatGPT Make This Podcast?

By The New York Times/Fri, 09 Dec 2022 10:00

It’s writing podcast scripts, finishing students’ homework and correcting mistakes in computer code: ChatGPT, the A.I. chatbot from OpenAI, is suddenly everywhere. Who should decide how it’s built? What could go wrong? And what could go right?

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Elon’s Two-Day War with Apple + How to Beat an A.I. Censor + S.B.F.’s ‘Bad Month’

By The New York Times/Fri, 02 Dec 2022 10:00

Elon Musk accuses Apple of trying to sabotage Twitter. But after his visit with Apple’s C.E.O., Tim Cook, things are … good? Then, the New York Times reporter Paul Mozur on the tactics Chinese protesters are deploying to avoid the most sophisticated

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A Hard Fork in the Road: FTX’s Unraveling and Elon’s Loyalty Oath

By The New York Times/Fri, 18 Nov 2022 10:00

The balance sheet contains an apology, the in-house coach is concerned that company executives are “undersexed” and billions in customer funds remain in jeopardy. The wreckage at FTX goes from bad to worse. Plus: Elon’s “extremely hardcore” plan for

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A Verified Mess: Turmoil from Twitter to FTX

By The New York Times/Fri, 11 Nov 2022 10:00

This week, we go inside Elon Musk’s “dire” warnings, FTX’s spectacular collapse and Meta’s big layoffs. Has the tech industry lost its mind? “Hard Fork” listeners: We want to hear your questions about the tech industry. Send them to hardfork@nytimes

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Life Under Musk: Two Twitter Employees Speak Out

By The New York Times/Fri, 04 Nov 2022 09:00

“We cross our fingers and hope to make it through another day.” Twitter hasn’t spoken publicly since Elon Musk bought the company a week ago. But inside, employees describe a mood of fear, chaos, stress and bizarre requests to print out code.

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Emergency Pod: Elon Musk Owns Twitter

By The New York Times/Fri, 28 Oct 2022 09:00

We look into the company’s weird new future with Times tech reporter Kate Conger. Plus, how Apple is single-handedly deciding the future of the digital economy, and a social media death watch.

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Generative AI is Here. Who Should Control It?

By The New York Times/Fri, 21 Oct 2022 09:00

We sit down with the founder of Stability AI, Emad Mostaque, on the heels of his $101 million fund-raising round. His open-source Stable Diffusion image generator is the key to unlocking creativity, he says, and “one of the ultimate tools for freedom

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Legs Are Coming + $36 Burritos + Shocking AI News

By The New York Times/Fri, 14 Oct 2022 09:00

Meta is in the fight of its life — and Mark Zuckerberg hopes VR is the answer. Hmmm. Plus, an existential threat to the gig economy and the wildest news in artificial intelligence.

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Elon’s Hidden Motives + A Meetup in the Metaverse

By The New York Times/Fri, 07 Oct 2022 10:00

The $44 billion Twitter deal is back on the table — and Casey isn’t buying it. Kevin looks for friends in the Metaverse. And the “Hard Fork Transparency Report” debuts.

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What’s a Hard Fork?

By The New York Times/Tue, 27 Sep 2022 14:00

Hosts Kevin Roose and Casey Newton explore stories from the wild frontier of tech. What’s real? What’s hype? “Hard Fork” is here to help you make sense of it. Tune in on Friday, Oct. 7.

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We Interrupt This Program

By The New York Times/Tue, 27 Sep 2022 13:40

Stay tuned for “Hard Fork,” a new podcast from The New York Times that comes Friday, Oct. 7 to this feed. If you’re looking for “Sway” with Kara Swisher, you can search for older episodes in any podcast app or at nytimes.com/sway.

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