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Recent Episodes of Techmeme Ride Home


Tue. 05/21 – Now You’ve Pissed Off Scar-Jo

Tue. 05/21 – Now You’ve Pissed Off Scar-Jo

There are only 2 stories today, but they’re big ones. First, at an event yesterday, Microsoft showed off what they want the PC to look like in the AI era. Plus, this Recall app is super interesting. Then, look, it’s the Scarlett Johansson/OpenAI thing. It’s gotten weird. And more importantly, it’s continuing to highlight how OpenAI itself is… weird.

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The new, faster Surface Pro is Microsoft’s all-purpose AI PC (The Verge)Microsoft announces an Arm-powered Surface Laptop (The Verge)Microsoft unvei...

Episode 21 May 2024 17m and 26s


Mon. 05/20 – That GPT Voice Is NOT Scar-Jo

Mon. 05/20 – That GPT Voice Is NOT Scar-Jo

No, that ChatGPT voice is not Scarlett Johansson, stop asking. In fact, that voice is going away. What does it mean if OpenAI’s entire superalignment team has gone away? Is Apple News+ the partner publishers have been waiting for? And if you want to be a digital nomad, you’ve got a lot of options these days.

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OpenAI to Pull Johansson Soundalike Sky’s Voice From ChatGPT (Bloomberg)What We Lose When ChatGPT...

Episode 20 May 2024 15m and 49s


Fri. 05/17 – Reddit Embraces Its AI Role

Fri. 05/17 – Reddit Embraces Its AI Role

As telegraphed for the last year, Reddit is going all in on being an all you can eat buffet for AI companies. Will new batteries give iPhones longer battery life like I want, or will they just make the phones thinner? A subtle but important improvement to ChatGPT and in the Longreads, a deep dive into what happened at Cruise.

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OpenAI strikes deal to bring Reddit content to ChatGPT (Reuters)OpenAI strikes Reddit deal to train its AI on your posts (The Verge)Grand Theft Auto VI is launching in fall 2025 (The Verge)iPhone 16 Pro Max...

Episode 17 May 2024 17m and 36s


Thu. 05/16 – Instagram Founder To Anthropic

Thu. 05/16 – Instagram Founder To Anthropic

Some AI companies want to go after web search. But by hiring an Instagram founder, is Anthropic going in a social or app direction? Will AI kill the carbon neutral ambitions of the major tech players? Will tech companies now have to onshore EMPLOYEES from China? And Netflix with ads? Definitely working.

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EU launches probe into Meta over social media addiction in children (Financial Times)Instagram’s co-founder is Anthropic’s new chief product officer (The Verge)Android will be able to detect if your phone has been snatched (The Verge)Microsoft’s AI Push Imperils...

Episode 16 May 2024 15m and 28s


Wed. 05/15 – Google’s I/O Announces.

Wed. 05/15 – Google’s I/O Announces.

All the announces from Google’s massive I/O event yesterday, including, yes, generative AI summaries are fully coming to Google Search. Plus, the camera-based AI system they teased that looks really cool. Ilya Sutskever officially leaves OpenAI. And is crypto the only place left where you can raise a billion-dollar seed round?

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Google rolls out AI Overviews in US with more countries coming soon (SearchEngineLand)Can Google Give A.I. Answers Without Breaking the Web? (NYTimes)Google's Project Astra uses your phone's camer...

Episode 15 May 2024 15m and 37s


Tue. 05/14 – GPT-4o

Tue. 05/14 – GPT-4o

OpenAI unveils GPT-4o which makes Siri look like the technical cul-de-sac it very much is. But what does it mean that this was NOT GPT-5? What does it mean for the gaming industry that the PS5 might be underperforming? More streaming bundles. And the 2024 iPad refresh reviews.

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OpenAI debuts GPT-4o ‘omni’ model now powering ChatGPT (TechCrunch)OpenAI debuts new model with enhanced real-time voice abilities (Axios)Tom Warren's PS5 sales TweetComcast to Launch Peacock, Netflix and Apple TV+ Bundle at a ‘Vastly Reduced Price’ (Variety)The...

Episode 14 May 2024 16m and 43s


Mon. 05/13 – The Solar Storm Is Real (Ask Farmers)

Mon. 05/13 – The Solar Storm Is Real (Ask Farmers)

Well, looks like my worries about solar weather being a threat to technology wasn’t just in my head. Ask farmers. Squarespace to go private. Raspberry Pi to go public? Waymo is setting some impressive records. And the new type of deal Apple and the other streamers want to offer Hollywood.

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Solar Storm Knocks Out Farmers' Tractor GPS Systems During Peak Planting Season (404Media)Website-design firm Squarespace to go private in $6.9 billion deal with Permira (Reuters)British tech firm Raspberry Pi lines up £500m float...

Episode 13 May 2024 16m and 46s


Fri. 05/10 – Apple Apologizes For The “Crush” Ad

Fri. 05/10 – Apple Apologizes For The “Crush” Ad

Well that was fast. Apple apologized for the “Crush” Ad, saying they missed the mark on that one. Microsoft is launching a mobile game app store. Elevenlabs is getting into the music generating game. And of course, the Weekend Longreads Suggestions.

Links:

Apple apologizes for iPad ‘Crush’ ad that ‘missed the mark’ (The Verge)Apple doesn’t understand why you use technology (The Verge)Microsoft Plans Mobile-Game Store, Vying With Apple, Google (Bloomberg)Apple to Power AI Tools With In-House Server Chips This Year (Bloomberg)ElevenLabs previews music-generating AI model (VentureBeat)


Weekend Longreads Suggestio...

Episode 10 May 2024 16m and 17s


Thu. 05/09 – The Weird Apple Ad Backlash

Thu. 05/09 – The Weird Apple Ad Backlash

AlphaFold 3 is a new AI model to predict interactions and structures of proteins, the better to cure diseases and create medicine with. More cuts in Microsoft gaming. The community backlash erupting over at Stack Overflow. And that really weirdly tone deaf Apple commercial that has everyone so upset.

Links:

Google DeepMind unveils AI model for living cells (FT)Microsoft’s Xbox Is Planning More Cuts After Studio Closings (Bloomberg)Stack Overflow bans users en masse for rebelling against OpenAI partnership — users banned for deleting answers to prevent them being used to train ChatGPT (TomsHardware)Alphabet Progressing in Talk...

Episode 9 May 2024 16m and 22s


Wed. 05/08 – Bethesda Bloodbath

Wed. 05/08 – Bethesda Bloodbath

Multiple Bethesda studios are being shut down by Xbox and gamers are worried. The new Pixel phone announcement yesterday that probably nobody heard about. What if OpenAI decides to go after web search? And the surprising fact that FTX investors could be made whole, and then some. With interest!

Links:

Microsoft Closes Redfall Developer Arkane Austin, Hi-Fi Rush Developer Tango Gameworks, and More in Devastating Cuts at Bethesda (IGN)US revokes licences for supply of chips to China’s Huawei (Financial Times)Exclusive: In Tesla Autopilot probe, US prosecutors focus on securities, wire fraud (Reuters)Google’s New $...

Episode 8 May 2024 16m and 32s

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