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…

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…

Sierra Says Conversational AI Will Kill Apps and Websites

Sierra Says Conversational AI Will Kill Apps and Websites

I might have inadvertently insulted Bret Taylor and Clay Bavor when I interviewed them about their new AI startup last week. Their new company, Sierra, is developing AI-powered agents to “elevate the customer experience” for big companies. Among its original customers are WeightWatchers, Sonos, SiriusXM, and OluKai (a “Hawaiian-inspired” clothing company). Sierra’s eventual market is…

ChatGPT vs. Gemini: Which AI Chatbot Subscription Is Right for You?

ChatGPT vs. Gemini: Which AI Chatbot Subscription Is Right for You?

The problem with testing AI chatbot subscriptions like Google’s Gemini Advanced and OpenAI’s ChatGPT Plus is their generality. The same tool is used for disparate applications; the same software service that developers in San Francisco are using to build their latest app might also be used by parents in Kansas to plan a Paw Patrol…

Kara Swisher Is Sick of Tech People, So She Wrote a Book About Them

Kara Swisher Is Sick of Tech People, So She Wrote a Book About Them

In her new memoir, Burn Book, Kara Swisher cites a 2014 profile that dubbed her “Silicon Valley’s Most Feared and Well-Liked Journalist.” She might prefer to downplay the first and emphasize the second. Some people would switch that around. But there is no dispute about Swisher’s impact: When it comes to tech punditry, she’s at…