“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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Breaking Bard + Who Owns Your Face? + Gamer News!
Hey Bard, can you take a look at my Gmail and psychoanalyze me?
Turns out, that’s not a question Google’s chatbot, Bard, can answer with any veracity despite new features that allow it to plug into your Gmail, Google Drive and more . Kevin and Casey on why Bard isn’t answering all their questions correctly — and why Google is OK with that.
Then, the New York Times reporter Kashmir Hill on the dangers of facial recognition that are already here.
Plus: GAMER TIME! Our new segment on the latest in gaming news.
Casey v. Kevin on US v. Google + Walter Isaacson on Two Years With Elon Musk
Is Google allowed to spend billions of dollars to make its search product the default browser? That is the question at the center of U.S. et al. v. Google — the most important tech trial of the modern internet era — and Kevin and Casey disagree on the answer.
Then, a conversation with the journalist who spent the last two years shadowing Elon Musk.
Escape From Burning Man + Musk vs. the A.D.L. + Listener Questions
This week: How tech executives’ favorite place to take their pants off turned into a muddy hellscape. We talk to one executive who couldn’t just call a helicopter to escape.
Then, Jonathan Greenblatt, C.E.O. of the Anti-Defamation League, on how his organization went from having a “productive” meeting with X’s C.E.O., Linda Yaccarino, last week to being threatened with a lawsuit by Elon Musk on Monday.
Plus, Kevin and Casey answer your questions.
The Secretive Billionaires Building a Tech Utopia + Casey’s External Brain + HatGPT
A group of tech titans is gobbling up land north of San Francisco with aspirations to alleviate the Bay Area’s housing crisis, promote innovation, and experiment with new forms of governance. It’s not the first time ultra-wealthy people have tried to build the place of their dreams. Will this time be any different?
Then, note-taking apps claim to make us smarter. Usually, they don’t. Casey Newton, a productivity cult member, on how A.I. could change that.
Plus, Kevin and Casey play HatGPT.
N.Y.C. Says Airbn-bye + How Far Would You Go for a GPU? + The A.I. Songs of the Summer
Are New York City’s new rules for short-term rentals like Airbnb effectively a ban? And will they accomplish what proponents want them to? Then, The New York Times tech reporter Erin Griffith on Silicon Valley’s mad dash for GPUs. And finally, we take stock of the A.I. songs of the summer and discuss YouTube and Universal Music Group’s plan to make synthetic voices profitable.
S.B.F Goes to Jail + Back to School with A.I. + Self-Driving Car Update
When Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested in December, he was confined to his parents’ house — but he was left free to roam the internet. Today, the New York Times reporter David Yaffe-Bellany talks about how access to the cyberworld allowed Mr. Bankman-Fried to violate his bail terms and land himself in jail.
Then, how universities can manage a generative A.I. world.
Plus: another look at autonomous vehicles.
I look forward to Fridays because of this awesome podcast. The interchanges are hilarious and the information is wonderful. I am always quoting info as if i know what I’m talking about. The guests are knowledgeable but Kevin and Casey don’t let them get too haughty in their descriptions of what’s going on.
Funny and Informative
I look forward to this show every week! They’re so funny and break down the stories in a very thoughtful way.
There is way too much laughing over serious topics. The show would be a lot more informative if the hosts didn’t insist on adding unnecessary humor in every single conversation.