How a Small Iowa Newspaper’s Website Became an AI-Generated Clickbait Factory

How a Small Iowa Newspaper’s Website Became an AI-Generated Clickbait Factory

In his spare time, Tony Eastin likes to dabble in the stock market. One day last year, he Googled a pharmaceutical company that seemed like a promising investment. One of the first search results Google served up on its news tab was listed as coming from the Clayton County Register, a newspaper in northeastern Iowa….

Reddit Is Letting Power Users In on Its IPO. Not Everyone’s Buying

Reddit Is Letting Power Users In on Its IPO. Not Everyone’s Buying

Reddit didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment for this story. Unwanted Offer Reddit’s investment offer to users is known as the Directed Share Program. “Because you have helped make Reddit what it is today, you now have the opportunity to become Reddit owners at the same price as institutional investors,” the company wrote…

Intel’s AI Reboot Is the Future of US Chipmaking

Intel’s AI Reboot Is the Future of US Chipmaking

Gina Raimondo, the US secretary of commerce, spoke at Intel’s event today and compared the US government’s current focus on revitalizing its chip industry to the space race of the 1960s. “The fact that we are so overly dependent on a couple of countries in Asia that we need for life-saving medical equipment, cars, every…

Help, My Friend Got Me a Dumb AI-Generated Present

Help, My Friend Got Me a Dumb AI-Generated Present

“An artist friend of mine got me an AI-generated painting as a gift. I can see she tried to personalize the concept, and it’s nicely framed, but part of me still feels a little cheated. Is that fair?” —No Returns Dear No Returns, There’s something implicitly paradoxical about feeling “cheated” by a present. A gift…

When My Country Invaded Ukraine, I Faced a Choice: Give Me Propaganda or Give Me Death

When My Country Invaded Ukraine, I Faced a Choice: Give Me Propaganda or Give Me Death

A month later, the world saw images of mass graves in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, dead limbs sticking out of the sand. Outside our building one morning, on an old brick wall that was previously empty, was a fresh message, the paint still wet: “Russians, go home.” My boyfriend went back to Russia so…

AI Is Coming for the Experts. First, It Needs Their Help

AI Is Coming for the Experts. First, It Needs Their Help

Earning up to $60 per hour, Jay was an early recruit, joining Remotasks the month before OpenAI unveiled ChatGPT to the world. Since then, the platform has been accelerating its search for expert data laborers. In January 2024, WIRED found, the company published job ads seeking speakers of more than 20 different European languages, as…

Air Canada Has to Honor a Refund Policy Its Chatbot Made Up

Air Canada Has to Honor a Refund Policy Its Chatbot Made Up

After months of resisting, Air Canada was forced to give a partial refund to a grieving passenger who was misled by an airline chatbot inaccurately explaining the airline’s bereavement travel policy. On the day Jake Moffatt’s grandmother died, Moffat immediately visited Air Canada’s website to book a flight from Vancouver to Toronto. Unsure of how…