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parismarx

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critic of tech futures | host of tech won’t save us | writer of disconnect | my book “road to nowhere” is out now! | he/they

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parismarx, to tech
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I gave a talk at @republica in Berlin earlier today on the growing backlash to data centers.

As tech companies build more hyperscale data centers around the world, they demand even more energy and water — and some communities are fed up.

Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5xbjhYpklo

parismarx, to tech
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“The thing that really upset Dorsey: Bluesky users demanded moderation and Bluesky put it into place. Yeah, that was the whole issue.”

Good reflection on “decentralized” social media and what Dorsey really wants from it by @davidgerard:

https://davidgerard.co.uk/blockchain/2024/05/10/jack-dorsey-bluesky-decentralised-social-networks-and-the-very-common-crowd/

parismarx, to tech
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In this week’s roundup, the couple who’ve made themselves the face of pronatalism keep their kids in a freezing home (they say by choice) and slap them to teach them right from wrong because they saw tigers paw their cubs in the wild.

Plus, Google’s AI fail, Kenyan workers write letter to Joe Biden, and more!

https://disconnect.blog/roundup-pronatalists-who-defend-hitting-kids/

parismarx, to random
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Final reminder I’m doing a discussion with @tante and Sarah Grant in Berlin this evening!

https://ownw.de/event/otherwise-network-salon-v-resist-but-how/

parismarx, to ai
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parismarx, to tech
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African AI workers, mostly from Kenya, released an open letter to Joe Biden this week asking him stop US tech companies from “systemically abusing and exploiting African workers” and to end the “modern day slavery” they’re subjected to.

https://www.wired.com/story/low-paid-humans-ai-biden-modern-day-slavery/

parismarx, to ai
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They missed the most important part: And neither of them should be believed because AGI is just another tech fantasy.

parismarx, to tech
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Balaji Srinivasan is leading a growing tech movement to take over San Francisco and “ethnically cleanse” it of Silicon Valley’s critics.

On , I spoke to @gilduran about network states and tech billionaires’ turn against democracy.

Listen to the full episode: https://techwontsave.us/episode/221_techs_plan_to_ethnically_cleanse_san_francisco_w_gil_duran

parismarx, to tech
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Scarlett Johansson has dealt with deepfakes, robots in her likeness, and now OpenAI mimicking her voice because she wouldn’t license it.

She’s used to fighting these battles. The spotlight she casts on generative AI may finally prompt regulatory action.

https://disconnect.blog/scarlett-johansson-cant-escape-tech-exploitation/

#tech #openai #samaltman #chatgpt #gpt4o

tante, to random
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Another quick round of advertising: Saturday May, 25th, @parismarx and Sarah Grant are going to join me for a conversation on resistance: Is resistance against current tech even possible and how? The Berlin event is pay as much as you can and you can sign up here: https://ownw.de/event/otherwise-network-salon-v-resist-but-how/

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@fasterandworse Not for the moment!

parismarx, to random
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I’m doing a series of events in Copenhagen and Berlin over the next week. If you’re around, make sure to come to one!

Links for more info on my website: https://parismarx.com/

parismarx, to OpenAI
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“I have seen the extremely restrictive off-boarding agreement that contains nondisclosure and non-disparagement provisions former OpenAI employees are subject to. It forbids them, for the rest of their lives, from criticizing their former employer.”

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2024/5/17/24158478/openai-departures-sam-altman-employees-chatgpt-release

parismarx, to tech
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In this week’s Disconnect Roundup: Apple’s new products are flops, so it’s going back to what Tim Cook knows best: raising prices to get more out of existing customers.

Plus, recommended reads, labor updates, and other news you might have missed.

https://disconnect.blog/roundup-apples-wants-to-hike-iphone-prices-again/

#tech #apple #iphone

parismarx, to tech
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“The certain knowledge that Kevin Roose is a credulous dumbass who makes a jingle-bell sound if he nods his head real fast only does so much to moderate the obscenity and offensiveness of his ascribing ‘playful intelligence’ and ‘emotional intuition’ to a predictive text generator.”

https://defector.com/if-kevin-roose-was-chatgpt-with-a-spray-on-beard-could-anyone-tell

parismarx, to OpenAI
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Kevin Roose so desperately wants to live in the futures tech companies are selling that he’ll eagerly do their PR for them and buy into whatever illusions of intelligence they put in front of him so he can trick himself into believing they’ll actually be realized this time.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/14/technology/ai-chatgpt-her-movie.html

#openai #ai #chatgpt #gpt4o

parismarx, to TeslaMotors
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Chinese carmakers’ global growth “comes as major U.S. carmakers … have withdrawn from promising markets such as India, Indonesia & Thailand to focus on their North American base.”

Market share of Chinese automakers “has jumped in many markets over the last 5 years, growing from 3% to 10% in Thailand, from 1% to 9% in Australia and from nothing to 13% in Mexico … Gains in Russia have been even starker, jumping from almost nothing to more than a third.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2024/05/18/china-us-ev-cars/

parismarx, to random
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lmao yes, the webbies really did get maggie haberman to present an award to kara swisher

parismarx, to tech
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Remember when tech CEOs whipped us into a frenzy about generative AI changing everything? Those days are long gone.

Google and OpenAI’s latest demos show the bubble is deflating, but they’re still going to seize as much power as they can before the crash.

https://disconnect.blog/ai-hype-is-over-ai-exhaustion-is-setting-in/

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@jbiserkov fixed!

parismarx, to tech
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Chinese EV maker BYD is challenging Tesla to become the top EV seller in the world. But how did it get there and what does its future hold?

On #TechWontSaveUs, I spoke to @paologerbaudo to discuss BYD’s success and why the US feels threatened by it.

Full ep: https://techwontsave.us/episode/220_how_byd_is_upending_the_ev_market_w_paolo_gerbaudo

#tech #transport #ev #cars #byd #tesla

parismarx, (edited ) to tesla
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Tesla will face a class-action lawsuit alleging it misled consumers over the self-driving capabilities of its cars after claiming its vehicles would be able to autonomously drive from New York to Los Angeles by the end of 2017.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-05-15/tesla-must-face-suit-alleging-buyers-were-misled-about-autopilot

parismarx, to tech
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I remember the days when people were furious Google was scanning their emails to serve ads. Now we’ve reached the point that everything you send and receive is being filtered through its AI model and you’re expected to love it.

https://techcrunch.com/2024/05/14/gemini-comes-to-gmail-to-summarize-and-draft-emails/

parismarx, to tesla
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Tesla charging chief Rebecca Tinucci cut 15-20% of her team after Musk demanded it.

She felt that would justify a major Supercharger network expansion, but when she met with Musk he wanted more layoffs. When she pushed back, he fired the whole team.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/inside-story-elon-musk-mass-100216178.html

#tesla #tech #elonmusk #layoffs #ev

parismarx, to tech
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Amazon workers in Laval, Quebec have been granted union accreditation after a majority signed cards to form a union.

Now Amazon isn’t just contesting the decision, but challenging workers’ rights to form a union without an election by signing cards.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/laval-amazon-warehouse-union-accredited-1.7202192

parismarx, (edited ) to tech
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Google is feeling so emboldened by the AI hype that it wants to take another swing at Google Glass. Not only this product, but the entire company needs to feel consumers’ wrath if it dares to even try.

https://www.theverge.com/2024/5/14/24156518/google-glass-prototype-ar-glasses-io-2024

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@jplebreton AI, of course!

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