Year in review, and the big problem with ChatGPT

I’ve scoured the Internet to find you today’s most interesting/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 ChatGPT doesn’t always tell the truth
But it says things so confidently that it is easy to be fooled. (NYT $)
+ It is proposing a number of disturbing counter-terrorism measures, including torture. (intercept)
+ For some users, it doesn’t matter if it’s accurate or not. (WP $)
+ ChatGPT won’t be stealing the work of stand-up comedians any time soon. (WSJ $)
+ ChatGPT is OpenAI’s latest fix for GPT-3. It’s slick but still spits out nonsense. (Technology Review MIT)

2 Investors are rapidly withdrawing from cryptocurrencies
They panic over the crash of FTX and are taking record levels of bitcoin from crypto exchanges (FT $)
+ Chinese police have busted a giant crypto money laundering gang. (SCMP $)
+ FTX boss Sam Bankman-Fried will testify before the US Congress this week. (Guard)

NASA’s Artemis I Moon Mission Completed
After 26 days, it hit the ground again. (new scientist $)
+ The mission paved the way for returning humans to the moon. (WSJ $)
+ Looking down at Earth from space is an emotional experience. (Atlantic $)

4 Twitter’s subscription service has relaunched
iPhone users are being asked to pay more, possibly in retaliation for App Store availability charges. (Reuters)
+ The company’s Community Notes misinformation service has also been revamped. (participation)
+ Elon Musk knows exactly who he is attracting. (Atlantic $)
+ Elon Musk has created a toxic mess for the LGBTQ+ community. I will know. (Technology Review MIT)

5 Maybe it’s time to remove your photos from the internet
It’s getting easier and easier to implement deepfakes. (Ars technique)
+ A terrible new AI app that swaps women into porn videos with a single click. (Technology Review MIT)
+ Lensa’s AI avatar is relevant, especially for women. (WSJ $)

6 Amazon does not fulfill its promise to help the residents of Tijuana
It is committed to developing the area around its fulfillment center, but workers say nothing has changed. (The rest of the world)

7 This year has been a bit messy
But hard data can help us understand why—and what to prepare for next year. (Vox)

8 tech graduates jostling for too few jobs
Talented graduates are job-ready, but hardly anywhere is hiring right now. (NBC)

Looking at the 9-star star is in danger
Light pollution is to blame – and a lot of it is completely unnecessary. (Guard)

10 What Learned About Love
This is the first major dating site to apply the scientific method to calculate a couple’s compatibility. (Atlantic $)
+ Here’s how the newest matchmakers out there help you find love. (Technology Review MIT)

Quote of the day

“It makes me feel better. Happier; freer.”

—Julian Gough, an Irish writer who wrote a poignant poem that displays as players complete Minecraft, explaining the decision to put it in the public domain for everyone to use, motherboard report.

big story

Minneapolis police used fake social media profiles to spy on black people

April 2022

According to a damning report from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, the Minneapolis Police Department violated civil rights laws through a model of racist police practice. The report found that much higher rates of police stopping, searching, arresting, and using force against people of color than whites, while secretly monitoring Blacks who aren’t suspects, are reported. crime through social networks.


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