Let me explain this slowly…

“News Corp’s new five-year deal with OpenAI is reportedly valued at as much as $250 million in cash and OpenAI credits.”

News Corp partnering with OpenAI is a no-brainer if you have an ideological desire to be the hegemonic political philosophy threading through the most easily accessible and digestible content. OpenAI is the high-processed food of information and only those without the means to pay for or time to look for better options (which is increasingly more and more of us) will be able to access nuanced and researched discourse.

The “fatal error” is News Corp forgetting that it makes it largest profits as the Adversary.

Publishers Striking AI Deals Are Making a Fatal Error

Think of it as concentrated family trauma…

I think part of that ire comes from jealousy, thinking that only children have some sort of gilded life, with doting parents and space to thrive. Yeah, no.

Although, I believe that only children are much more comfortable with their own company, which can mean they’re less likely to continue with toxic relationships out of fear of being alone. Granted, those are just my takes on being an only child, but I’ve more than once been told “well, that makes sense” in regards to my particular behavior or attitude.

Are Only Children Worse Off Than Kids With Siblings? – The Atlantic

I made the mistake of adding tech feeds to my RSS reader and now I’m just mad all the time.

There was a time, back in the 00s or so, when I kept up to date on a lot of tech news. I spent the time trying to follow trends in web development and mobile technology and apps. It was important to my work, but part of my overall interest in how the Internet was being integrated into our daily lives.

Once I moved away from tech focused work and into education, I let those news feeds go. I purged myself of latest developments and relied on larger, mainstream news outlets to inform me about the technology that would impact my daily life. Yet, as I started teaching first-year composition, I realized (we all realized) that being up-to-date on the technology our students were using (not always by choice either) would make our discussions surrounding critical thinking that much more relevant. Trust me, when ChatGPT burst on to the scene, I suggested we lean into it, teaching it as a new tool that students can use in their ever increasing arsenal of technological apps that can help them… wait. Help them what exactly? What was I supposed to be teaching them? More on that in a moment.

As I’ve reinstated my tech RSS feeds, I find myself getting more and more suspicious about the proliferation of AI. While I’ve not been totally receptive to the computerization of our automobiles, nor the subscription model of everything, I still want to be able to glean the direction personal technology is headed, and, if Microsoft’s recent announcements are any indication, the future is AI.

If you follow my links of interest at all, you can see where this is going?

Who wants this? Why are we being told that we want this? Every time I read about another AI-enhanced laptop or an app that’s I’ve been using suddenly wants me to incorporate their AI model into my workflow, I get frustrated.

If I’m not building up the critical skills to summarize an article (and most public-facing articles are woefully short and simplistic already), what am I doing with the time AI is saving?

What’s the point of learning discernment and curation if I never skip over Google’s AI-created search summaries at the top of its results page? (Shouldn’t have made Google suck, yeah?)

How am I supposed to teach critical thinking skills if all the little ways in which we think every day are being eaten up by language learning models that have dubious bias built in and don’t have an understanding of a ham sandwich outside the fact that sometimes it’s mentioned next to mustard?

More and more I feel like we’re heading into a direction where we will teach two ways of existing cognitively in our technological future: 1) a way to prompt AI to yield results that save us from doing labor or gaining mastery; and 2) a way to avoid the AI altogether and create bare bones text and art in a way that hides it from the upcoming singular cloud. Both feel exhausting.

Meanwhile, a bunch of narcissistic shitheads are at the controls of the future.

The photos. The deleted photos. The long-time-ago deleted photos. Those photos?

So, Engadget, did you ask where those old photos are stored that they were able to reappear? What does delete mean now?

Is technology “journalism” just SEO for Silicon Valley?

Honestly, I need to post about something else!

iOS 17.5.1 fixes reappearing photo bug

Would they have asked Tom Cruise for permission?

This is the problem. When a group of people, confident that smart = right, decide they want something and can’t have it, they do it anyway because smart = right. This consistent peril of technology is the Ian Malcom Law – too busy seeing if you could, that you didn’t think if you should.

Again, outside of the tech mind virus, who wants AI in everything?

Scarlett Johansson wants answers about ChatGPT voice that sounds like ‘Her’ : NPR