Help wanted: Someone to keep Twitter running. I’m Diamond Naga Siu, and if I didn’t enjoy writing the newsletter so much, I’d definitely throw my hat in the ring.
Elon Musk announced Tuesday that he would step down as CEO of Twitter once he found someone “foolish” enough to take over his role.
It’s a big project to continue. Within weeks of taking over, he dramatically transformed Twitter’s company culture and started major projects — seemingly with one foot already out the door. The new leader would have the intense responsibility of keeping Twitter alive with half the staff, all while reporting back to owner Musk.
Before submitting your application, let’s get caught up on today’s tech.
1. We won’t think about ChatGPT until it’s taken over. ChatGPT is currently the it-girl of generative artificial intelligence. The technology can write essays on niche topics, craft cover letters, and produce movie scripts. It’s currently one of the most advanced AI models and is even touted as the Google killer. But this still isn’t ChatGPT’s time to shine.
- The technology needs to lose its hype, mature, and then become useful in society, according to the Gartner Hype Cycle, from the tech-research and consulting firm Gartner.
- An analyst from Gartner came up with this theory. It’s a pattern that the smartphone, internet, and other significant tech inventions all followed.
- Although a successful future for any technology is not guaranteed, ChatGPT feels like a tipping point for generative AI.
In other news:
2. Inside the self-destruction of Pollen, a once high-flying music startup. Once worth $800 million, the startup’s parent company, StreetTeam Software Limited, has since gone bankrupt. From the outside, Pollen’s collapse was a shock, but according to 31 former employees who spoke with Insider, the company’s implosion was years in the making.
3. Is your vacuum taking pictures of you? Roomba, an automatic vacuum cleaner, took multiple sensitive photos that were shared on social media. An image of a woman sitting on the toilet was included in the leaked pictures. More on the private business here.
4. HBO series like “Game of Thrones” will run with ads on HBO Max. As Warner Bros Discovery scrambles for new revenue, it’s exploring a reversal of its earlier streaming strategy — a move that could be controversial to creators and people inside the company. What we know about the possibility of ads in HBO content.
5. The way we discover new music is changing. After short-video apps like TikTok became the dominant platforms for fans to listen to new songs in 2022, music-industry execs are now setting their sights on social media as the next big money-making opportunity. Here are 15 power players using social media to shape the music industry.
6. Experts outlined three healthcare acquisitions Amazon could make next year. In 2022, the retail giant dug deeper into healthcare, making moves into primary care and consumer health. Analysts expect it to keep making waves next year, and predicted the company could notch deals in three key areas in 2023.
7. The work-from-home whistleblower. Do you hear that? It’s a new symphony of remote workers blowing the whistle on their employers’ bad behavior. The number of whistleblower complaints has more than doubled since 2019. Dive into the unexpected impact of people reconsidering their relationships with work.
8. How do you vacation? Chances are, not like these tech billionaires. As we gear up for the winter holidays, we’re taking a look at how Silicon Valley execs from Jeff Bezos to Richard Branson spend their vacations. Hint: most include lavish vacation homes. Check out how the wealthy and powerful relax.
Odds and ends:
9. We reviewed the 10th Generation Apple iPad. In a complete redesign from last year’s model, the new iPad has a bigger display, faster processor, a USB-C port, and improved video calls. But the upgrades come at a price ($120, to be exact). Read our full review here.
10. If you need an $11,500 toilet, you are in luck. Kohler just revealed that its pricey Numi 2.0 Smart Toilet — which comes equipped with Alexa, LED lights, and speakers — is ready to be installed in homes. The Verge has look at the loo of the future.
What we’re watching today:
- CarMax, Micron, and others are reporting earnings. Keep up with earnings here.
- Season three of “Emily in Paris” will be released on Netflix.
Curated by Diamond Naga Siu in New York. (Feedback or tips? Email [email protected]) Edited by Jordan Parker Erb in New York and Hallam Bullock in London.