The hottest Tech Giants Substack posts right now

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Last Week in AI • 137 implied HN points • 29 Jan 24
  1. Scammers are using AI to mimic voices and deceive people into giving money, posing serious risks for communication security.
  2. Many sentences on the internet have poor quality translations due to machine translation, especially affecting low-resource languages.
  3. Researchers introduce Self-Rewarding Language Models (SRLMs) as a novel method to improve Large Language Models (LLMs) without human feedback.
TechTalks • 58 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. Microsoft is forming a team to work on cheaper generative AI systems to reduce dependence on expensive models like LLMs.
  2. They are focusing on developing more efficient open-source models and small language models for edge devices.
  3. Efforts are being made to run generative models more efficiently by reducing parameter sizes, which can lead to cost savings in running LLMs.
Silver Bulletin • 325 implied HN points • 05 Oct 23
  1. Nate Silver discusses mixed feelings about Twitter's impact on democracy and tribalism.
  2. Twitter's latest changes, like removing headlines from external link previews, raise questions about its future utility.
  3. The potential consequences if the New York Times, with its high editorial standards, decides to quit Twitter and influence other publishers to follow suit.
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Margins by Ranjan Roy and Can Duruk • 1043 implied HN points • 24 Feb 23
  1. Voice technology like Amazon's Alexa faced challenges in living up to the initial promise of being a transformative platform due to issues like annoying follow-up questions and closed-off ecosystems.
  2. Big tech companies often focused on 10x innovations rather than incremental improvements, leading to challenges in realizing the full potential of technological advancements.
  3. The economic incentives, user behaviors, and prevailing attitudes towards technology play crucial roles in determining the success and impact of innovations.
The PhilaVerse • 123 implied HN points • 23 Jun 23
  1. Meta will restrict news access in Canada due to the passage of the Canada's Online News Act.
  2. The Canada's Online News Act aims to ensure fairness in the digital news market by requiring platforms like Meta to negotiate commercial agreements and compensate news organizations.
  3. Meta and Google are opposed to the legislation and are planning to limit news access before the law takes effect.
Fight to Repair • 39 implied HN points • 12 Oct 23
  1. California became the 3rd state to enact a broad electronics right to repair law, following New York and Minnesota.
  2. The California Right to Repair Act expands repair protections for consumers, guaranteeing access to repair materials for a wide range of products and setting minimum support periods.
  3. State right to repair campaigns are gaining momentum, with more states considering similar legislation to improve repair access and combat planned obsolescence.
The Counterbalance • 137 implied HN points • 28 Apr 23
  1. The UK's decision to block the Microsoft / Activision merger shows courage and defends against concentrated economic power.
  2. The UK's action signifies a global shift against the dominance of digital tech giants post-Brexit.
  3. Blocking the merger protects UK citizens, businesses, and consumers while promoting a more resilient economy.
Inside The Newsroom • 98 implied HN points • 20 Feb 23
  1. The Twitter Files contain important revelations about Twitter's past actions and decisions.
  2. The lack of media coverage around the Twitter Files may be due to the age of the revelations and selective distribution of documents.
  3. The Twitter Files have sparked discussions about freedom of speech, ethics, and the influence of tech giants like Twitter on society.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion • 39 implied HN points • 18 May 23
  1. Pentagon re-awarded $9 billion cloud contracts to U.S. tech giants like Google and Oracle.
  2. The replacement for canceled JEDI program is Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) with better risk mitigation.
  3. The contracting process has been a major obstacle with reversals in payouts and lack of transparency.
Gradient Ascendant • 12 implied HN points • 01 Mar 23
  1. OpenAI is a major player in the AI industry, led by controversial figures like Elon Musk.
  2. Microsoft has made a comeback in the AI field through partnerships and investments, notably with OpenAI.
  3. An increasingly vibrant AI ecosystem is emerging with startups, enthusiasts, and established companies all contributing to the field.
Machine Economy Press • 4 implied HN points • 03 Aug 23
  1. Stack Overflow's traffic has been decreasing due to the rise of AI models like ChatGPT and tools like GitHub Copilot.
  2. Overflow AI is an attempt to compete with AI-driven platforms, but may not be enough in the face of changing consumer behaviors.
  3. The shift towards Generative A.I. like ChatGPT raises concerns about the future of human-generated data and interactions online.
The AI Observer • 0 implied HN points • 17 Feb 24
  1. 20 tech giants including OpenAI, Meta, and Microsoft are collaborating to combat AI's misuse in election interference.
  2. The joint effort aims to tackle fake AI-generated content influencing elections globally by developing detection tools and running awareness campaigns.
  3. Challenges include implementing measures to identify AI-generated content using watermarks or metadata, with details on execution still unclear.