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6 scary things ChatGPT has been used for already

The text generator from Open AI is imperfect at creating factually accurate or interesting writing, but it can create relatively appropriate text for just about any prompt in no time at all. That’s pretty remarkable. And even with a bevy of built-in filters, that can be pretty dangerous as well.

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2023

Every year, we pick the 10 technologies that matter the most right now.

Google News — Re-thinking Usability, Search Experience & Content Personalisations

A UX case study on one of the most common news aggregators.

Twitterrific and other clients begin offloading their apps after Twitter shuts them out

Twitterrific, one of the most iconic third-party Twitter clients, said today that it has removed the iOS and Mac apps from the App Store. Iconfactory, the company that made Twitterrific, said in a blog post that under Elon Musk’s management, the social media network has become “a Twitter that we no longer recognize as trustworthy nor want to work with any longer.”

A difficult decision to set us up for the future

I have some difficult news to share. We’ve decided to reduce our workforce by approximately 12,000 roles. We’ve already sent a separate email to employees in the US who are affected. In other countries, this process will take longer due to local laws and practices.

Revisiting Apple’s ill-fated Lisa computer, 40 years on

On its 40th anniversary, we look back at the machine that brought the GUI to personal computers.  

Can Designers Make the Metaverse Less Awkward?

After Mark Zuckerberg announced expansion plans in summer 2022 for Meta’s virtual reality platform, Horizon Worlds, critics took to social media. They compared the platform’s graphics to those of Second Life, an early 2000s life simulation game: The avatars were legless. The Eiffel Tower sat at the base of a bubbly, pixelated hillside. There was no way the design would be accepted by gamers who had seen what was possible…

AI art generators face separate copyright lawsuits from Getty Images and a group of artists

On Tuesday, Getty Images filed a lawsuit against Stability AI, the company behind AI art tool Stable Diffusion, alleging it used copyrighted images to train software.  

TikTok knows you’re using it as a search engine. It’s even made an ad.

Nearly 40 percent of young people turn to TikTok or Instagram as a search tool, shunning Google.

Firefox found a way to keep ad-blockers working with Manifest V3

Google’s version of Manifest V3 limited features used by content blockers; Mozilla’s promising it’s not doing the same.

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