Jason Koebler

Jason Koebler

Jason is a cofounder of 404 Media. He was previously the editor-in-chief of Motherboard. He loves the Freedom of Information Act and surfing.
162 posts
AI Is Poisoning Reddit to Promote Products and Game Google With 'Parasite SEO'
Reddit

AI Is Poisoning Reddit to Promote Products and Game Google With 'Parasite SEO'

A market for manipulating Reddit using AI have emerged.
Typewriter Community Braces for Influx of Taylor Swift Fans Inspired by Tortured Poets Department
Taylor Swift

Typewriter Community Braces for Influx of Taylor Swift Fans Inspired by Tortured Poets Department

"I, for one, welcome our new Taylor Swift overlords."
'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."
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.
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.”
The Dystopian Future of TV Is AI-Generated 'FAST' Garbage
TV

The Dystopian Future of TV Is AI-Generated 'FAST' Garbage

TCL's new AI-generated movie "Next Stop Paris" is the next evolution in the algorithmification of TV.
OpenAI Training Bot Crawls 'World's Lamest Content Farm' 3 Million Times in One Day
AI

OpenAI Training Bot Crawls 'World's Lamest Content Farm' 3 Million Times in One Day

"If you were wondering what they're using to train GPT-5, well, now you know."
Is Google's AI Actually Discovering 'Millions of New Materials?'
AI

Is Google's AI Actually Discovering 'Millions of New Materials?'

"In the DeepMind paper there are many examples of predicted materials that are clearly nonsensical."
Apple Announces Half Measure to Make iPhones More Repairable Immediately After Law Banned Its Repair Practices
repair

Apple Announces Half Measure to Make iPhones More Repairable Immediately After Law Banned Its Repair Practices

Apple will partially ease its "parts pairing" policy on the same day Colorado is considering a right-to-repair bill that would ban parts pairing, and weeks after Oregon banned the practice.
Paper-Crumpling Study About the Nature of Anger Is the Best Thing I've Read in a Long Time
science

Paper-Crumpling Study About the Nature of Anger Is the Best Thing I've Read in a Long Time

Science has found that writing down your feelings and performatively disposing of them can make you less angry.
‘AI Instagram Influencers’ Are Deepfaking Their Faces Onto Real Women’s Bodies
Instagram

‘AI Instagram Influencers’ Are Deepfaking Their Faces Onto Real Women’s Bodies

AI 'influencers' on Instagram have racked up hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of views by stealing reels from real women to make the AI seem more "believable."
Introducing the First 404 Media Fellow: Jules Roscoe
Announcements

Introducing the First 404 Media Fellow: Jules Roscoe

Jules will be covering labor and automation and helping our stories show up on all platforms as our first 404 Media fellow.