Break It Down
Supercharge Your ChatGPT Prompts With Auto-GPT
The new tool basically transforms ChatGPT into a virtual assistant to help you manage projects, run a marketing campaign, and more.
I Finally Bought a ChatGPT Plus Subscription—and It’s Worth It
OpenAI’s new web browsing beta convinced me to upgrade my account. Here’s how to access it and make the most of the paid tier.
ChatGPT Now Has an iPhone App
Six months after OpenAI’s silver-tongued chatbot launched on the web and set off an AI arms race, you can put it in your pocket.
Politicians Need to Learn How AI Works—Fast
Tech regulation has often disappointed. Automation expert Missy Cummings hopes a course to teach policymakers about artificial intelligence can help.
Spooked by ChatGPT, US Lawmakers Want to Create an AI Regulator
At a congressional hearing, senators from both parties and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said a new federal agency was needed to protect people from AI gone bad.
Startups and Tech Culture
France Is Fighting to Save Your iPhone From an Early Death
With iPhones getting harder and more expensive to repair, French prosecutors have launched an investigation into the scourge of planned obsolescence.
This Is Catfishing on an Industrial Scale
Hired as customer service reps, these freelancers were instead tasked with luring in the lonely and lovestruck through a network of dating and hookup sites.
You’re Probably Underestimating AI Chatbots
Just as the first iPhone reviews mostly missed the device’s huge potential, it’s folly to draw conclusions from today’s unrefined technology.
Gary Marcus Used to Call AI Stupid—Now He Calls It Dangerous
The former professor's calls for more control over AI have made him a media darling of the ChatGPT era. Some top researchers aren't impressed.
Autonomous Worlds Aim to Free Online Games From Corporate Control
Multiplayer titles like Minecraft encourage creativity, but prototype games built on the blockchain claim to give players more meaningful independence.
FTX-ed Crypto Investors Are Moving Back to Hardware Wallets
The collapse of the exchange has pushed users back to “self-custody” products like Ledger. But those can be risky too.
An SEC Dissenter Says the Regulator Must Ease Off Crypto
The Securities and Exchange Commission has taken a hard line on digital assets. One of its own commissioners says it’s going too far.
China’s Metaverse Is All About Work
The government wants the metaverse to be less about having fun and shopping and more about health care and industry.
This European Satellite Giant Is Coming for Starlink
To compete with American rivals, Eutelsat’s Eva Berneke first has to navigate Russia’s war in Ukraine, Brexit politics, and jamming attacks by Iran.
Brazil Proposed Internet Regulation. Big Tech Dug In Its Heels
Lawmakers want to make online platforms more responsible for hate speech and misinformation. Google, Meta, and others are fighting back.
Reddit’s CEO Says Regulating Social Media Is Tyranny
Steve Huffman kicked Nazis and other trolls off the platform. He also argues that any government oversight of online content is authoritarian.
WhatsApp Has Started a Fight With the UK About Encryption
The head of the messaging app says a new law will undermine privacy. The government says it’s about protecting children.
You Can Now Claim a .Dad Domain for Your Site. Cue the Dad Jokes
Google’s new dedicated domain lets you join the growing sites dedicated to puns, pets, and mowing the lawn.
Microsoft’s New Campus Drove Up Home Prices. Where Are the Jobs?
The tech giant’s project in Atlanta is on an "indefinite pause," leaving locals with the inflated prices but none of the jobs and investment.
The Unbelievable Zombie Comeback of Analog Computing
Computers have been digital for half a century. Why would anyone want to resurrect the clunkers of yesteryear?
These Angry Dutch Farmers Really Hate Microsoft
Tech giants want to build massive, “hyperscale” data centers in the Netherlands. A popular political movement wants them stopped.
Pete Buttigieg Loves God, Beer, and His Electric Mustang
Sure, the US secretary of transportation has thoughts on building bridges. But infrastructure occupies just a sliver of his voluminous mind.
Truckers Are Caught on the Front Line of California’s EV Push
By 2024, trucks bought for use in the state’s ports and rail yards must be zero-emission. The struggle to electrify previews what must happen worldwide.
Self-Driving Cars Are Being Put on a Data Diet
Growing fleets, fancier sensors, and tighter budgets are forcing autonomous vehicle developers to get pickier about what stays on their servers.
Tesla’s Magnet Mystery Shows Elon Musk Is Willing to Compromise
The EV maker said it will expunge rare earths from its vehicles' motors, suggesting Tesla engineers will have to get creative.
How Humanity Can Avoid an AI Takeover
Gideon Lichfield and Lauren Goode
CNET Published AI-Generated Stories. Then Its Staff Pushed Back
In a Flap
More Penguins Than Europeans Can Use Google Bard
Morgan Meaker and Matt Burgess
The Curious Case of the Missing Google Assistant
The Boring Future of Generative AI
Google Just Added Generative AI to Search
Twitter’s Purge of Old Accounts Will Be Pure Chaos
Do No Harm
A Radical Plan to Make AI Good, Not Evil
You Trained the Chatbot to Do Your Job. Why Didn’t You Get Paid?
How To Delete Your Data From ChatGPT
What Really Made Geoffrey Hinton Into an AI Doomer
The Global Battle to Regulate AI Is Just Beginning
Morgan Meaker and Khari Johnson
Conflict of Interest
Doctors Behind Mifepristone Ban Called ‘Christians’ a Top Threat
Dell Cameron and Dhruv Mehrotra
The Seabed Empire Funding Britain’s New King
Morgan Meaker and Matt Reynolds
These ChatGPT Rivals Are Designed to Play With Your Emotions
All Grown Up
LinkedIn Turns 20. Its Next Career Move: A Big AI Push
Human vs. Machine
Joe Biden Wants Hackers’ Help to Keep AI Chatbots in Check
Twitter Rival Bluesky Has a Nudes Problem
Twitter Really Is Worse Than Ever
Slack’s CEO Wants You to Stop Slacking So Much
Gideon Lichfield and Lauren Goode
A New Lawsuit Puts the Online White Supremacy Pipeline on Trial
Twitter’s New CEO, Linda Yaccarino, Has a Fearsome To-Do List
Europe’s Moral Crusader Lays Down the Law on Encryption
Twitter Encrypted DMs Are Deeply Inferior to Signal and WhatsApp