The following is a short post about AI

Who wants this? With the consolidation of media companies over the last three decades perhaps there’s no distance between journalism and tech any more. Companies that produce software that people have to be sold that they want are intertwined with the media companies that will hype up the usefulness and turn a novelty into a necessity.

I assure you a good copy editor could write this summary (and fast, too) but news outlets have pretty much abandoned good editing of most of their content because 1) it will be replaced immediately, and 2) they don’t want the labor costs. If only someone figured out how news media could monetize without being beholden to social media or browser-breaking ads.

Newspaper conglomerate Gannett is adding AI-generated summaries to the top of its articles

“I see you’re trying open the pod bay doors…”

I’ve gone back-and-forth about whether or not to get a camera doorbell for the house, but it was only a matter of time before third parties we’re gonna be able to get access to our own personal surveillance. Also, starting to regret giving away that 5-million-pound tube television.

I don’t need all the things around me to be smarter than I am. Granted that includes things like the cheese grater and butter knife, all immeasurably smarter than I am, but they don’t actually hook up to the Wi-Fi and broadcast how much Parmesan cheese I use to the world. (It’s a lot.)

Google lets third-party developers into Home through new APIs

Hey Siri. Siri?

Matthew Wong’s overview of OpenAI’s introduction into the voice assistant world is interesting reading, though, I am underwhelmed by what’s described. I honestly don’t know if people—most people, the larger market—actually want or need this. The buzz about generative AI is outpacing its usefulness. It just makes more mental labor and fills the internet with derivative garbage (eclipsing all the human-created garbage we already have).

This Is the Next Smartphone Evolution | The Atlantic