“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.
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The State of A.I. + Will Perplexity Beat Google or Destroy the Web?
A special Valentine’s Day look back.
Bluesky’s Big Bet + Are Deals Dead in Silicon Valley?
Plus, more ancient scrolls deciphered using artificial intelligence, Google’s chatbot updates, and a fight between record labels and TikTok.
We Tried the Apple Vision Pro + Can Congress Protect Kids Online? + Cruise’s Crash
Introducing DJ TaskRabbit.
Mediapocalypse Now + a16z’s Chris Dixon Defends Crypto + HatGPT
Strangely a lot of pro wrestling in this episode.
The AI Election + Bitcoin’s Wall Street Debut + TikTok’s Doodad Era
“Two truly terrible ways to make money this week.”
Why Casey Left Substack + Elon’s Drug Use + A.I. Antibiotic Discovery
It’s a drugs episode.
NY Times Lawsuit
Canadian content news outlet material is banned from META and GOOGLE because our Federal Gov't required payment for the material provided by our newspapers and television products. Simply, this is because advertisers pay for public news. META cuts and pastes for free and yet it presents itself as a news source. Instead, we use the News apps, bypassing Goggle and Meta. Newspapers can't afford to operate without paywalls and advertisers. The alternative is that AI produces our news. That will be the end of our public news information system as we know it, thereby being the end of freedom of information. AI is truly a challenge to intellectual property.
Better than Pivot
I’m a big fan of this pod. Pivot is probably their biggest competition - but this pod is consistently great reporting, professional, informative and insightful. They also make me laugh - they obviously like and respect one another as well as the reporting and views of the other … and they make each other laugh. And that is just delightful in a world where you don’t see much of that.
I find Pivot’s (specifically Kara’s) self aggrandizement dull, and the extended “mean girl” comments of Kara and Scott (e.g. around Bezos and Vogue spread) very “Us” magazine teenager; not tech pod adult.
Look forward to the weekly drop!
Influencers in sheep clothing
Paid for by the content they are reviewing equals just another advertisment. Dont listen to this show unless you like watching ads. It’s total bias malarchy!