After criticizing A.I. companies for liberal bias, programmers started envisioning right-wing alternatives, making chatbots a new front in the culture wars.
Turing Award Won by Co-Inventor of Ethernet Technology
In the 1970s, Bob Metcalfe helped develop the primary technology that lets you send email or connect with a printer over an office network.
Pulling the Plug on TikTok Will Be Harder Than It Looks
The tensions over the Chinese-owned social media app will come to a head on Thursday, when the company’s chief executive testifies on Capitol Hill.
William A. Wulf, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Dies at 83
One of the first people to receive a graduate degree in the field, Dr. Wulf helped to adapt an early Pentagon communications web into the network that eventually grew into the internet.
How Parents Can Talk About AI and ChatGPT With Their Kids
Artificial intelligence can make adults nervous, but experts say exploring it as a family is the best way to understand its pros and cons.
Google Releases Bard, Its AI Chatbot, a Rival to ChatGPT and Bing
The internet giant will grant users access to a chatbot after years of cautious development, chasing splashy debuts from rivals OpenAI and Microsoft.
What Google Bard Can Do (and What It Can’t)
Google has released a new chatbot to a limited number of people in the U.S. and Britain. How does it compare with what is already out there?
Strains Emerge Inside the Union That Beat Amazon
Nearly a year after its victory on Staten Island, the Amazon Labor Union is grappling with election losses and internal conflict.
Inside the 3 Months That Could Cost Fox $1.6 Billion
The decision by Fox News executives in November 2020 to treat the more hard-right Newsmax as a mortal threat spawned a possibly more serious danger.
Amazon Plans to Lay Off Another 9,000 Employees
The cuts follow a round of layoffs announced several months ago that affected more than 18,000 jobs.
Crypto Wants Its Shine Back
After a miserable year, cryptocurrency companies are looking for ways to rebrand products that many consumers no longer trust.
Falling Lithium Prices Are Making Electric Cars More Affordable
An unexpected decline in the price of an essential battery material, along with those of other commodities, is good news for buyers. But experts disagree on how long low prices will last.
BONUS: Hard Fork Live! Big Tech’s Arch Nemesis + Bot or Not?
Live from the South by Southwest festival in Austin, a conversation with the assistant attorney general Jonathan Kanter.
Book Review: ‘Meganets,’ by David B. Auerbach
Who’s really in charge of our online behavior? No one, David Auerbach argues in “Meganets.”
Silicon Valley Bank’s Deep Ties to the Tech Industry
More than many other banks, SVB catered to how risky tech start-ups and their backers do not adhere to normal business practices.
YouTube Restores Donald Trump’s Account Privileges
The Google-owned video platform became the latest of the big social networks to reverse the former president’s account restrictions.
Justice Dept. Investigating TikTok’s Owner Over Possible Spying on Journalists
The inquiry appears to be tied to an admission by the app’s owner, ByteDance, that employees had inappropriately obtained Americans’ data. The company said it had fired the workers involved.
WeWork Reaches a Debt Restructuring Deal With SoftBank
The agreement will reduce the unprofitable office space company’s debt, giving it more financial breathing room.
Twitter’s Talks Over Licensing Music Are Said to Stall Under Elon Musk
Twitter didn’t move forward with the music licensing deals because of costs, people with knowledge of the matter said.
GPT-4 Is Here, and the Silicon Valley Bank Fallout
Then, Mark Zuckerberg rethinks Meta’s strategy.
Microsoft and Google Unveil AI Tools for Businesses
New artificial intelligence technology is roiling Silicon Valley. For now, the most obvious ways to use it are in software like Microsoft’s suite of products.
China’s Answer to ChatGPT Gets an Artificial Debut and Disappoints
The promised “live” demonstration of the bot had, in fact, been recorded. Shares of Baidu, the company behind the technology, tumbled in Hong Kong.
Twitch’s Chief Executive Says He Is Resigning
Emmett Shear was a co-founder of the Amazon-owned streaming service and managed it for 16 years.
U.K. Bans TikTok on Government Devices
The move reflects fears in Britain and elsewhere in the West that the popular app’s Chinese ownership could share user information with Beijing.
TikTok Pushed by U.S. to Resolve National Security Concerns
The demand hardens the White House’s stance toward the popular video app, which is owned by the Chinese internet company ByteDance.
How ChatGPT and Generative AI Could Change the Way We Travel
Powerful new artificial-intelligence software is already shaking up the travel industry, but it has a long way to go until it can plan a seamless trip. For now.
Stripe Raises New Funding That Values It at $50 Billion
The payments processing start-up was valued at $95 billion in 2021, but private company dealmaking has been hurt by souring global economic conditions.
GPT-4 Is Exciting and Scary
Today, the new language model from OpenAI may not seem all that dangerous. But the worst risks are the ones we cannot anticipate.
How Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant Lost the AI Race
The virtual assistants had more than a decade to become indispensable. But they were hampered by clunky design and miscalculations, leaving room for chatbots to rise.
Russia’s Spring Offensive in Ukraine Could Include Cyberattacks, Microsoft Says
Moscow also appears to be stepping up influence operations to weaken European and U.S. support for sending more aid to the Ukrainian government.