“Hard Fork” is a show about the future that’s already here. Each week, journalists Kevin Roose and Casey Newton explore and make sense of the latest in the rapidly changing world of tech.
A Trip to TikTok + ChatGPT’s Origin Story + Kevin Systrom’s Comeback
TikTok is opening up a “Transparency and Accountability Center” to try to win over skeptics. Is the company’s strategy working? Then, the origin story of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and how the company kicked off an A.I. arms race.
Plus: The co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom, hopes to make a “TikTok for text.”
Meta’s Trump Calculus + Regime Change at Netflix
What does Donald Trump’s reinstatement on Facebook and Instagram mean for our politics and platforms? Then, Netflix in its post-Reed era.
Plus: How the Bored Ape Yacht Club went from being the Disney of Web3 to handing out sewer passes for their new video game.
Elon's Crumbling Empire + Generative A.I. Goes to Court
Nearly three months into Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter, things are in a "shambolic" state. Is the rest of Elon’s empire also in trouble? Then, an artist fighting generative A.I. sets the stage for a legal clash.
Plus: what goes wrong when A.I. becomes a reporter.
ChatGPT Transforms a Classroom + Is 'M3GAN' Real?
A high school teacher on how the new chatbot from OpenAI is transforming her classroom — for the better. And, “M3GAN” may be closer than you think.
Plus: Why Gen Z is chasing the digital camera aesthetic.
TikTok’s Spying Scandal + ChatGPT Puts Google on Notice + Phone Jail
Calls to ban TikTok or force its sell-off from its parent company ByteDance are gaining momentum, especially after reports of ByteDance’s surveillance of several U.S. journalists. And could Microsoft’s investment in OpenAI mark the end of Google’s search monopoly?
Plus: New Year's resolutions, including locking up your phone.
SBF Arrested + 2023 Predictions + Your Questions Answered
The year of the “mini-Musk” chief executive, the end of homework as we know it, a crackdown on TikTok and other predictions for 2023.
Also, Sam Bankman-Fried’s arrest and answers to our listener questions.
Fab podcast. Just what I need to keep up to date with tech stuff. Will keep listening.
Great content, but either Casey needs to be less shouty or the mix needs to be better. When he gets animated it’s like having ice picks shoved in my ears.
Really good in depth with JS. Great questioning, easy format. Very much enjoyed. Cheers!