Hello, Insiders! This week, I’m exploring the new realities of artificial intelligence. Up today is a topic that strikes close to home: AI and journalism.
From the printing press to the whole dang internet, journalism has benefited and suffered mightily thanks to technology. AI is no exception. Some will see it as a job-stealing threat. ChatGPT, for example, can summarize and repackage information but doesn’t give credit. That’s not good.
As the editor of a large news organization, I plan to have lots of conversations with the team about AI’s benefits and drawbacks. I’d love to include you in that. So please send your thoughts: email@example.com. Stay tuned for more on this.
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A leaked recording shows Amazon CEO Andy Jassy delivering a brutally honest rallying cry for employees to “redefine” the company. Our scoop here.
THE BIG STORY
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Elon Musk wants to put a computer chip in your brain.
Neuralink, Musk’s neurotech startup, has been working toward this goal since its founding in 2016, and it recently announced plans to start human trials in the next several months. The idea is to translate brain signals into digital outputs — like being able to send a text message or type with just a thought. And Musk wants it to be mainstream. A “Fitbit in your skull,” as he once put it.
A psychedelics company’s make-or-break moment. Inspired by the way psilocybin helped their son, the Compass Pathways cofounders Dr. Ekaterina Malievskaia and George Goldsmith could become fabulously wealthy if their company turns the psychedelic substance into an approved medicine. Inside the rise of the controversial company.
Salesforce is applying the pressure. Some employees have been offered a “Prompt Exit Package” instead of a layoff, with less severance. If they refuse, they’ll be put on a performance-improvement plan. Read more.
An ex-Amazon manager says his boss encouraged him to quit after he fought unfair performance reviews. Giving employees low performance ratings just to fill a quota “makes me feel untrustworthy and disingenuous,” the manager said. Read his story here.
Rehearsal footage of Rihanna’s backup dancers is going viral on TikTok. The choreographer and viral dance star Parris Goebel has already racked up over 15 million views for the Super Bowl rehearsal. Watch the video here.
One of the “fathers of the internet” sounded the alarm on the gold rush around AI chatbots. Vint Cerf says “there’s an ethical issue” that he hopes people will think about before investing in the technology. The full story.
TAKE A LOOK
Tour a house inspired by sci-fi
A twin-dome house with five bedrooms in Otterville, Missouri, is on the market for $348,421. It looks as if it belongs in the future — or in outer space. Go inside the property.
How real is it?
An airline pilot rates pilot emergencies in movies and TV. Zoya Agarwal, a pilot in command flying a Boeing 777 aircraft for Air India, breaks down the accuracy of dealing with emergencies in movies like the Denzel Washington film “Flight.” Check it out.
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