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Feb 2, 2024 • 1h 14min

We Tried the Apple Vision Pro + Can Congress Protect Kids Online? + Cruise’s Crash

Tech journalists Kevin Roose and Casey Newton try out Apple's Vision Pro headset and discuss its potential impact. They also delve into the congressional hearing on child safety and social media, featuring Mark Zuckerberg's apology. The collapse of Cruise, an autonomous vehicle company, and its implications for self-driving cars are also explored.
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Jan 26, 2024 • 1h 16min

Mediapocalypse Now + a16z’s Chris Dixon Defends Crypto + HatGPT

In this podcast, Kevin Roose and Casey Newton discuss the challenges faced by newsrooms and publishers due to tech platforms and AI. Chris Dixon, an influential investor in crypto, reflects on the broken promises of the industry while still emphasizing the future of blockchains. The hosts also delve into investing in crypto, the potential of NFTs, and question HP's printer practices.
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Jan 19, 2024 • 1h 15min

The AI Election + Bitcoin’s Wall Street Debut + TikTok’s Doodad Era

David Yaffe-Bellany, a crypto industry reporter, and John Herrman, a technology reporter, discuss OpenAI's plan to combat disinformation in elections. They also talk about the debut of Bitcoin ETFs and the impact on the crypto industry. Additionally, they explore the emergence of TikTok as a platform for selling items and TikTok's venture into e-commerce. The podcast offers insight into the intersection of AI, cryptocurrency, and social media trends.
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Jan 12, 2024 • 1h 28min

Why Casey Left Substack + Elon’s Drug Use + A.I. Antibiotic Discovery

Guest Kirsten Grind from The Wall Street Journal talks about Casey leaving Substack due to pro-Nazi content controversy. The podcast also discusses Elon Musk's use of drugs and concerns from board members. Additionally, the discovery of a new class of antibiotics using AI is explored.
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Jan 5, 2024 • 1h 8min

The Times Sues OpenAI + A Debate Over iMessage + Our New Year’s Tech Resolutions

The podcast discusses The New York Times' lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement, the challenges in funding and legal issues for AI chatbots, the debate over iMessage and Android users, the development of a universal chat app called Beeper, and the vision for seamless communication. The hosts also share their tech resolutions for the new year and discuss organizing phone screens and setting tech goals.
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Dec 22, 2023 • 1h 38min

Our 2024 Predictions + Jenny Slate Answers Your Hard Questions!

Podcast discusses predictions for 2024, an interview with Jenny Slate, tech interest and fear, children using AI chat, leaving reviews, implications of using chat AI in learning, balancing engagement and connectivity, and a festive holiday song.
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Dec 15, 2023 • 1h 13min

Google’s Epic Loss + Silicon Valley’s Curious New Subculture + How 2023 Changed the Internet

Google's monopolistic practices on the Play Store are discussed, along with a counterculture advocating for rapid AI progress. The CEO of Cloudflare explores the changing internet, while also touching on content moderation and its exceptions. The podcast concludes with holiday wishes and an ad for Audi e-tron.
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Dec 8, 2023 • 57min

Google's Next Top Model + Will the Cybertruck Crash? + This Week in A.I.

Google's new AI model, Gemini, is discussed and compared to OpenAI's GPT-4. The hosts debate whether Elon Musk's recent behavior has affected pre-orders for the Cybertruck. Various AI news is mentioned, including an enterprise chatbot's hallucination problem and Mountain Dew's AI marketing stunt.
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Dec 1, 2023 • 1h 5min

What’s Next for OpenAI + Binance Is Binanceled + A.I. Is Eating the Internet

This episode discusses the drama at OpenAI, including the firing and rehiring of the CEO, the money laundering violation case against Binance and its CEO, and the impact of AI-generated content on the online news ecosystem.
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Nov 22, 2023 • 14min

(Yet Another) Emergency Pod: Sam Altman Is Back

Sam Altman, former and reinstated CEO of OpenAI, discusses his unexpected return and the changes to the board of directors. The podcast also covers the dispute with Anthropics, Microsoft's involvement, and increased scrutiny on the company.

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