Everyone Pivots to A.I. + Bad News for Crypto
Snapchat launches a chatbot. Meta plans to “turbocharge” its A.I. work. Elon Musk explores “BasedAI.” At this point, who isn’t making an A.I. play?
Plus: Is crypto finally dead? Also, a new TikTok filter is making people terrifyingly hot.
On today’s episode:
- David Yaffe-Bellany, a cryptocurrency and financial technology reporter for The New York Times.
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- Snapchat launched “My AI” to paid subscribers.
- Mark Zuckerberg announced a high-level group to “turbocharge” Meta’s work with generative A.I.
- Meta AI released LLaMA to researchers.
- The science fiction and fantasy magazine “Clarkesworld” was flooded with chatbot-generated submissions. The writing is “bad in spectacular ways,” its editor said.
- Elon Musk is considering starting his own A.I. company.
- An FTX co-founder pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors investigating Sam Bankman-Fried.
- A “flurry” of fines, lawsuits and policy statements are spooking crypto executives.
- Gary Gensler, the chair of the S.E.C., said that in crypto “everything other than Bitcoin” should be treated as a security.
- Some TikTok users are worried by how realistic its new filters can seem.