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Big Technology by Alex Kantrowitz covers the intersection of big tech companies and society, analyzing trends, impacts, and future predictions. It delves into AI advancements, tech company strategies, leadership changes, and the social implications of technological growth, backed by exclusive data and firsthand interviews with industry insiders.

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The hottest Substack posts of Big Technology

And their main takeaways
16387 implied HN points 07 Mar 24
  1. Google's open culture deteriorated, impacting its product quality and employee morale.
  2. Issues began when Google shut down discussions on sensitive topics like diversity and employee concerns.
  3. The closure of open channels for questioning within Google led to a negative impact on the company's innovation and decision-making processes.
9632 implied HN points 01 Mar 24
  1. The crisis at Google, involving controversial AI outputs, highlights significant organizational dysfunction and lack of clear accountability.
  2. The focus on culture war narratives in analyzing the crisis may overlook deeper issues within Google's operations.
  3. Google's handling of the crisis with its Gemini tool demonstrated the company's struggle with transparency and the need for significant organizational changes.
6004 implied HN points 15 Mar 24
  1. Gartner predicts a 25% drop in traditional search engine traffic by 2026, with AI chatbots and virtual agents gaining more traction.
  2. The decline in search engine traffic could significantly impact major players like Google and potentially lead to a shift in web navigation towards chatbots and away from traditional search.
  3. The prediction of a decline in search traffic raises questions about the future of web content strategy and the role of individual web pages in the era of AI-driven answer engines.
17388 implied HN points 05 Jan 24
  1. Snapchat+ is a popular AI-powered subscription service with generative AI features.
  2. The success of Snapchat+ shows that generative AI may be best as a feature within existing apps rather than standalone products.
  3. Generative AI technology is being utilized to enhance user experiences and could be a new revenue stream for companies.
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7380 implied HN points 16 Feb 24
  1. ChatGPT's growth is flatlining, with declining web traffic and stagnant mobile app usage.
  2. OpenAI is transitioning into a post-ChatGPT era sooner than expected, prompting a shift in company focus.
  3. Despite initial excitement, ChatGPT has not reached mainstream success according to a senior insights manager at SimilarWeb.
4753 implied HN points 08 Mar 24
  1. Elon Musk's lawsuit against OpenAI revealed that the company's open promise was more of a ploy for recruitment than a true dedication to open-source.
  2. OpenAI's deal with Microsoft has created a situation where it must balance being close to AGI for profits while keeping its research proprietary, as Musk's lawsuit claims AGI has been reached.
  3. Musk's case against OpenAI showcases his concerns about Google's AI advancements and his efforts to shape the narrative around his relationship with OpenAI.
10007 implied HN points 19 Jan 24
  1. Apple's Tim Cook unintentionally became a key asset for Meta through various business moves.
  2. Apple's Vision Pro launch helped boost Meta's mixed reality efforts by establishing it as a category.
  3. Apple's ad tracking restrictions unintentionally harmed Meta's competitors, giving Meta an advantage in the advertising space.
9632 implied HN points 22 Dec 23
  1. Generative AI will advance in 2024 with new capabilities like better conversation retention and reasoning.
  2. The year 2024 is predicted to be significant for mixed reality advancements, integrating AI avatars and assistants.
  3. Tech industry forecasts include Elon Musk selling X, Meta's market cap reaching $1 trillion, and NVIDIA facing increased competition.
10258 implied HN points 18 Nov 23
  1. CEO of OpenAI, Sam Altman, was fired due to lack of candid communication with the board.
  2. Altman's departure has raised concerns about the future of OpenAI and its AGI mission.
  3. Industry experts are surprised by the sudden firing and speculate on the impact of losing Altman's leadership.
3878 implied HN points 05 Feb 24
  1. The Apple Vision Pro headset has impressive technology like mixed reality and a comfortable design, but its high price raises questions on its target audience.
  2. Insiders believe that the Vision Pro may be more suited for developers and enterprise users due to its productivity potential, rather than appealing to the general consumer market.
  3. The Vision Pro's unique design and solitary usage may affect its adoption speed, with opinions split on its potential success in the long term.
3878 implied HN points 02 Feb 24
  1. Big Tech companies are experiencing a mix of record revenue and deep layoffs as they navigate the costs of developing new technologies like AI and mixed reality.
  2. Apple may face challenges with the Vision Pro as it might not reach mass-market success until 2030 or beyond, despite initial hype.
  3. Google is acknowledging the need to address its slow-moving culture by simplifying its organizational structure and removing layers to improve efficiency.
10258 implied HN points 11 Aug 23
  1. Artificial intelligence is used by companies to increase productivity without reducing jobs.
  2. There was a fear that many professions would be automated by AI, but it hasn't happened as quickly as expected.
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13135 implied HN points 19 May 23
  1. Workers in Nairobi trained OpenAI's GPT models for less than $1 per hour
  2. Richard Mathenge experienced trauma from training OpenAI's GPT model
  3. Mathenge spent nine hours per day, five days a week leading a team in training the model