Behind the Blog: Overhyped Tech and Valuing Journalism
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Overhyped Tech and Valuing Journalism

This is Behind the Blog, where we share our behind-the-scenes thoughts about how a few of our top stories of the week came together. This week, we discuss journalism that has value, the business ballgame, and soft AI boosters.
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'LOL No:' Maker of 'FUCK THE LAPD' Shirt Laughs at Cops' Copyright Threat
LAPD

'LOL No:' Maker of 'FUCK THE LAPD' Shirt Laughs at Cops' Copyright Threat

The LA Police Foundation claims to own the acronym "LAPD."
Behind the Blog: Overhyped Tech and Valuing Journalism
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Overhyped Tech and Valuing Journalism

This is Behind the Blog, where we share our behind-the-scenes thoughts about how a few of our top stories of the week came together. This week, we discuss journalism that has value, the business ballgame, and soft AI boosters.
LinkedIn Descends Into Madness Over ‘WORK From HOME’ Copypasta
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LinkedIn Descends Into Madness Over ‘WORK From HOME’ Copypasta

A viral LinkedInfluencer post about WORKing from HOME has devolved into a strange meme subculture.
Spy Site Selling Discord Messages Linked to Kiwi Farms
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Spy Site Selling Discord Messages Linked to Kiwi Farms

A site that is scraping Discord en masse and selling access to some users’ server messages and activity is linked to notorious harassment site Kiwi Farms.
We Can, and We Must, Clown on the Humane AI Pin Forever
AI

We Can, and We Must, Clown on the Humane AI Pin Forever

The Humane Ai Pin joins a rich tradition of terrible tech products that includes the Juicero, Coolest Cooler, and Magic Leap that we must remember forever.
Netflix Doc ‘What Jennifer Did’ Uses AI Images to Create False Historical Record
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Netflix Doc ‘What Jennifer Did’ Uses AI Images to Create False Historical Record

Documentary filmmakers were publishing guidelines on how to ethically use generative AI right as Netflix’s true crime doc was adding fake images to the historical record.
Gamers Are Renting Their Idle GPUs to Generate AI Porn
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Gamers Are Renting Their Idle GPUs to Generate AI Porn

Salad, a company that pays gamers in Fortnite skins for their idle PCs, also generates AI porn.
Facebook’s AI Told Parents Group It Has a Gifted, Disabled Child
AI

Facebook’s AI Told Parents Group It Has a Gifted, Disabled Child

Facebook’s chatbot eventually apologized and said it doesn’t have “personal experiences or children.”
Institute That Pioneered AI ‘Existential Risk’ Research Shuts Down
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Institute That Pioneered AI ‘Existential Risk’ Research Shuts Down

The Future of Humanity Institute, which along with philosopher Nick Bostrom taught the world to fear existential AI risks, is finished.
Podcast: The 'Com World War'
Podcast

Podcast: The 'Com World War'

This week we cover a 'world war' inside nebulous crime culture the Com; Google's miss on AI science; and a sex box.
A Spy Site Is Scraping Discord and Selling Users’ Messages
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A Spy Site Is Scraping Discord and Selling Users’ Messages

404 Media tested the service, called Spy Pet, and verified it is collecting information on Discord users, including the messages they post across usually disparate servers.
This Man Wants to ‘Save the World’ By Letting You Jerk Off Into a Computer
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This Man Wants to ‘Save the World’ By Letting You Jerk Off Into a Computer

The creator of the gimmicky DIY sex sleeve says any criticism against the Orifice is “gene warfare."