Posted on November 22, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Technology   Leave a comment on What to know about OpenAI’s failed coup

What to know about OpenAI’s failed coup

He’s back! | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Sam Altman is back at OpenAI. What happens to its safety mission? So, OpenAI had a weird week. The hottest company in tech just saw the removal, replacement, and reinstatement of its superstar CEO, Sam Altman in the span of five days. It also saw, as a result of that Altman drama, the removal and replacement of most of its board of directors. In the middle of this, almost every OpenAI employee threatened to … Continue reading “What to know about OpenAI’s failed coup”

Posted on November 22, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Technology   Leave a comment on OpenAI’s board may have been right to fire Sam Altman — and to rehire him, too

OpenAI’s board may have been right to fire Sam Altman — and to rehire him, too

Sam Altman, the poster boy for AI, was ousted from his company OpenAI. | Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images The alternative — a mass exodus of OpenAI’s top talent to Microsoft — would have been worse. The seismic shake-up at OpenAI — involving the firing and, ultimately, the reinstatement of CEO Sam Altman — came as a shock to almost everyone. But the truth is, the company was probably always going to reach a breaking point. It was built on a fault … Continue reading “OpenAI’s board may have been right to fire Sam Altman — and to rehire him, too”

Posted on November 21, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Technology   Leave a comment on The race to optimize grief

The race to optimize grief

Janna Morton for Vox Startups are selling grief tech, ghostbots, and the end of mourning as we know it. In the spring of 2023, Sunshine Henle texted her mother. She asked where she had gone, told her that she missed her, and soon received a response: “Honey, I wish I could give you a definite answer, but what I do know is that our bond and our love transcends physical boundaries. In some ways, I’m everywhere. I’m in the memories … Continue reading “The race to optimize grief”

Posted on November 17, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Technology   Leave a comment on The controversy over TikTok and Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America,” explained

The controversy over TikTok and Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America,” explained

A still from a 1998 interview with Osama Bin Laden. | CNN/Getty Images Why bin Laden’s 2002 letter became the latest TikTok moral panic. This week, videos featuring former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s 2002 missive “Letter to America” were posted to TikTok, leading a wide swath of politicians, families of 9/11 victims, and influencers to condemn users creating the clips — and the app itself. The story goes like this: TikTokers are “going viral” for sharing bin Laden’s arguments, … Continue reading “The controversy over TikTok and Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America,” explained”

Posted on November 17, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Your phone is the key to your digital life. Make sure you know what to do if you lose it.

Your phone is the key to your digital life. Make sure you know what to do if you lose it.

A terrifying image, especially if you haven’t prepared for the prospect of suddenly losing your phone. | Peter Cade/Getty Images Preparing yourself for the worst is easier than you might think — and it’s never been more important. The night before I was supposed to go on a long and well-deserved vacation, something very, very bad happened: I lost my phone. I had a friend over and, I decided, he must have accidentally taken my phone with him when he … Continue reading “Your phone is the key to your digital life. Make sure you know what to do if you lose it.”

Posted on November 17, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Is the green texting bubble about to burst?

Is the green texting bubble about to burst?

Those notorious green Android texts will stick around for a while yet. | Javier Zayas Photography/Vox Apple is adopting Google’s texting standard, but blue bubble elitism will probably continue. The story is sad, yet so familiar to iPhone owners. You meet someone new and give them your number, only to receive a green (harsh, unwelcoming), not blue (peaceful, comforting), text bubble. If you deign to respond, you’re confronted with restrictive character limits, pixelated photos and videos, and nothing to tell … Continue reading “Is the green texting bubble about to burst?”

Posted on November 16, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Technology   Leave a comment on The secrets Google spilled in court

The secrets Google spilled in court

Google’s New York City office. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images What we learned (and didn’t learn) from the big Google antitrust trial. The Google search antitrust trial is expected to wrap up by Thanksgiving. And while we’ll have to wait until next year for a verdict, there are a few things we learned over the last two months of the first big test of the limits of Big Tech’s power. The Department of Justice is accusing Google of using its monopoly … Continue reading “The secrets Google spilled in court”

Posted on November 16, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Technology   Leave a comment on The best place for product reviews is … Reddit?

The best place for product reviews is … Reddit?

Reddit is good for more than just memeing. | Tim Goode/PA Images via Getty Images The hive mind of the internet is good, for once. Do you know how many different high-quality yet affordable 4K TVs there are out there? Do you know, based on thousands of reviews across dozens of websites, how unnervingly difficult it is to tell them apart and pick the right one to serve as the centerpiece of your shoebox-size New York City apartment? I do. … Continue reading “The best place for product reviews is … Reddit?”

Posted on November 9, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Technology   Leave a comment on The new Meta whistleblower adds to an uneven year for online safety laws

The new Meta whistleblower adds to an uneven year for online safety laws

Arturo Bejar, a former Facebook employee and consultant for Instagram, is sworn in during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law hearing to examine social media and the teen mental health crisis, on November 7, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. | Stephanie Scarbrough/AP Photo Meta knows its platforms are harming children, whistleblower Arturo Béjar says. What now? There’s a new Meta whistleblower in town: Arturo Béjar, a longtime employee who came forward to the Wall Street … Continue reading “The new Meta whistleblower adds to an uneven year for online safety laws”

Posted on November 8, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Technology   Leave a comment on What happened to Airbnb?

What happened to Airbnb?

In the past few years, Airbnb prices — and guest complaints — have sharply risen. | Getty Images/iStockphoto Financially, the sharing economy darling is thriving, but guests, hosts, and cities have had enough. Airbnb knows people are unhappy. Its CEO, Brian Chesky, has acknowledged the “tens of thousands” of complaints across social media about the platform’s growing costliness. It knows that hosts’ expenses — like home insurance, property taxes, and the cost of labor for cleaning and maintenance — have … Continue reading “What happened to Airbnb?”