The Surgeon General’s Social Media Warning and A.I.’s Existential Risks

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Plus, Kevin and Casey respond to this week’s tech headlines.

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May 26, 2023, 5:05 a.m. ET

The U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, says societal media poses a “profound hazard of harm” to young people. Why bash immoderate successful the tech manufacture disagree?

Then, Ajeya Cotra, an A.I. researcher, connected however A.I. could pb to a doomsday scenario.

Plus: Pass the hat. Kevin and Casey play a crippled they telephone HatGPT.


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On today’s episode:

  • Ajeya Cotra is simply a elder probe expert astatine Open Philanthropy

Additional reading:

  • The surgeon wide issued an advisory astir the risks of societal media for young people.

  • Ajeya Cotra has researched the existential risks that A.I. poses unless countermeasures are taken.

  • Binance commingled lawsuit funds and institution revenue, erstwhile insiders told Reuters.

  • BuzzFeed announced Botatouille, an A.I.-powered room assistant.

  • A Twitter bug caused the level to reconstruct deleted tweets.

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida announced his statesmanlike run successful a Twitter Spaces lawsuit rife with glitches.

  • Two erstwhile rivals, Uber and Waymo, are teaming up to bring driverless ride-hailing to Phoenix.

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

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