Samantha Cole

Samantha Cole

Sam Cole is writing from the far reaches of the internet, about sexuality, the adult industry, online culture, and AI. She's the author of How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex.
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FBI Arrests Man For Generating AI Child Sexual Abuse Imagery
AI

FBI Arrests Man For Generating AI Child Sexual Abuse Imagery

He allegedly used Stable Diffusion, a text-to-image generative AI model, to create “thousands of realistic images of prepubescent minors,” prosecutors said.
AI Chatbot Credited With Preventing Suicide. Should It Be?
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AI Chatbot Credited With Preventing Suicide. Should It Be?

A recent Stanford study found that some people credit Replika for saving their lives. But chatbots can be unpredictable, and users have also blamed the chatbot app for throwing them into mental crises.
Behind the Blog: Screwed-Up Telecoms and Tech Sermons
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Screwed-Up Telecoms and Tech Sermons

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 screwed-up telecom systems, tech exec sermons, and TikTok trends.
Revolutionary New Google Feature Hidden Under 'More' Tab Shows Links to Web Pages
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Revolutionary New Google Feature Hidden Under 'More' Tab Shows Links to Web Pages

If you're looking for search results from the search engine, you'll need to navigate to a new filter and bypass all the AI-generated junk.
OpenAI’s GPT-4o Isn’t ‘Her,’ It’s ‘Metropolis’
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OpenAI’s GPT-4o Isn’t ‘Her,’ It’s ‘Metropolis’

With OpenAI’s latest model, GPT-4 Omni, all anyone can talk about is how AI girlfriends are going to end the world. But they've been seen as a harbinger of chaos for a long, long time.
Behind the Blog: Killing Stories and Copyright Hypocrisy
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Killing Stories and Copyright Hypocrisy

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 killing stories, CEO saying wild things, how the OpenAI copyright story came together, and tech-powered shortcuts out of discomfort.
'Kendrick's Pool:' People Are Tagging Drake's House With Insults on Google Maps
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'Kendrick's Pool:' People Are Tagging Drake's House With Insults on Google Maps

The Drake versus Kendrick beef enters the Google Maps arena.
Behind the Blog: Learning to Code and How the Merch Gets Made
Behind The Blog

Behind the Blog: Learning to Code and How the Merch Gets Made

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 learning to code, merch, and gaming journalism.
An Open Database Leaked Submissions to Utah’s Transphobic ‘Bathroom Bill’ Snitch Form
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An Open Database Leaked Submissions to Utah’s Transphobic ‘Bathroom Bill’ Snitch Form

House Bill 257, "Sex-Based Designations for Privacy, Anti-Bullying, and Women’s Opportunities," requires the state to investigate reports of people and institutions violating the "bathroom bill" law, but they left the submissions database wide open.
Flood of AI-Generated Submissions ‘Final Straw’ for Small 22-Year-Old Publisher
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Flood of AI-Generated Submissions ‘Final Straw’ for Small 22-Year-Old Publisher

“The problem with AI is the people who use AI. They don't respect the written word,” the founder of Bards and Sages said.
Bike Lock NYPD Insists Is 'Industrial' Protest Tool Is a Normal Lock Recommended by Columbia University
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Bike Lock NYPD Insists Is 'Industrial' Protest Tool Is a Normal Lock Recommended by Columbia University

Columbia University allowed police to storm campus Tuesday night, and Wednesday morning, the NYPD Deputy Commissioner accused student protestors of using an "industrial" chain to barricade doors.
Long Lost Song Hunted By Thousands Found in 80s Porno
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Long Lost Song Hunted By Thousands Found in 80s Porno

The search is over for 'Everyone Knows That,' also known as 'Ulterior Motives' by Christopher Saint Booth, when it was found in the pornographic film "Angels of Passion."