Everyone Pivots to A.I., and Bad News for Crypto

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Hosted by Kevin Roose and Casey Newton

Produced by Davis Land

Edited by Jen Poyant

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Original music by Dan Powell, Elisheba Ittoop, Marion Lozano, Sophia Lanman and Rowan Niemisto

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: the latest with FTX and the great crypto crackdown. 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.

Additional reading:

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.


“Hard Fork” is hosted by Kevin Roose and Casey Newton and produced by Davis Land. The show is edited by Jen Poyant. Engineering by Alyssa Moxley and original music by Dan Powell, Elisheba Ittoop, Marion Lozano, Sophia Lanman and Rowan Niemisto. Fact-checking by Caitlin Love.

Special thanks to Paula Szuchman, Pui-Wing Tam, Hanna Ingber, Nell Gallogly, Kate LoPresti and Jeffrey Miranda.

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