Hard Fork

New York Times

“Hard Fork” is a show about the future that’s already here. Each week, journalists Kevin Roose and Casey Newton explore and make sense of the latest in the rapidly changing world of tech.

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United States

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“Hard Fork” is a show about the future that’s already here. Each week, journalists Kevin Roose and Casey Newton explore and make sense of the latest in the rapidly changing world of tech.

Language:

English


Episodes

A Trip to TikTok + ChatGPT’s Origin Story + Kevin Systrom’s Comeback

2/3/2023
TikTok is opening up a “Transparency and Accountability Center” to try to win over skeptics. Is the company’s strategy working? Then, the origin story of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and how the company kicked off an A.I. arms race. Plus: A co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom, hopes to make a “TikTok for text.” On today’s episode: Additional reading: more aggressiveOpenAI’s raceA.I.-powered news app

Duration:01:01:49

Meta’s Trump Calculus + Regime Change at Netflix

1/27/2023
What does Donald Trump’s reinstatement on Facebook and Instagram mean for our politics and platforms? Then, Netflix in its post-Reed era. Plus: How the Bored Ape Yacht Club went from being the Disney of Web3 to handing out sewer passes for their new video game. On today’s episode: Additional reading: reinstated Trump’s Facebooksocial media site, Truth SocialJan. 8 riots in BrazilGeorgia election worker Ruby Freeman

Duration:00:59:02

Elon's Crumbling Empire + Generative A.I. Goes to Court

1/20/2023
Nearly three months into Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter, things are in a "shambolic" state. Is the rest of Elon’s empire also in trouble? Then, an artist fighting generative A.I. sets the stage for a legal clash. Plus: what goes wrong when A.I. becomes a reporter. On today’s episode: Additional reading: Elon Musk’s first 90 daysThe artist Sarah Andersena class-action lawsuit contained errors

Duration:01:00:54

ChatGPT Transforms a Classroom + Is 'M3GAN' Real?

1/13/2023
A high school teacher on how the new chatbot from OpenAI is transforming her classroom — for the better. And, “M3GAN” may be closer than you think. Plus: Why Gen Z is chasing the digital camera aesthetic. On today’s episode: Kalley HuangAdditional reading: digital camerarejecting smartphone cultureconscious robotsThe case

Duration:01:02:48

TikTok’s Spying Scandal + ChatGPT Puts Google on Notice + Phone Jail

1/6/2023
Calls to ban TikTok or force its sell-off from its parent company ByteDance are gaining momentum, especially after reports of ByteDance’s surveillance of several U.S. journalists. And could Microsoft’s investment in OpenAI mark the end of Google’s search monopoly? Plus: New Year's resolutions, including locking up your phone. On today’s episode: Additional reading: inside view into Project Texastrack the location of journalistsdivisive videos about U.S. politicianslimits of his...

Duration:01:01:09

SBF Arrested + 2023 Predictions + Your Questions Answered

12/16/2022
The year of the “mini-Musk” chief executive, the end of homework as we know it, a crackdown on TikTok and other predictions for 2023. Also, Sam Bankman-Fried’s arrest and answers to our listener questions. On today’s episode: David Yaffe-BellanyAdditional reading: arrested and denied bail by a judgewidespread fraud“unprecedented” lack of record keepingsimulate a pair of black holes

Duration:00:57:39

Can ChatGPT Make This Podcast?

12/9/2022
It’s writing podcast scripts, finishing students’ homework and correcting mistakes in computer code: ChatGPT, the A.I. chatbot from OpenAI, is suddenly everywhere. Who should decide how it’s built? What could go wrong? And what could go right? On today’s episode: Additional reading: inspiring awe and fearplatform democracyCicero AIa phone, a patient’s voice and a machine learning model

Duration:00:59:49

Elon’s Two-Day War with Apple + How to Beat an A.I. Censor + S.B.F.’s ‘Bad Month’

12/2/2022
Elon Musk accuses Apple of trying to sabotage Twitter. But after his visit with Apple’s C.E.O., Tim Cook, things are … good? Then, the New York Times reporter Paul Mozur on the tactics Chinese protesters are deploying to avoid the most sophisticated censorship apparatus in the world. Plus: S.B.F. says it’s been a “bad month.” Additional Reading: accused Applesecret 30 percent taxavoid paying“misunderstanding” with Apple had been resolvedgutted the company’s child safety teamgeneral...

Duration:00:53:21

A Hard Fork in the Road: FTX’s Unraveling and Elon’s Loyalty Oath

11/18/2022
The balance sheet contains an apology, the in-house coach is concerned that company executives are “undersexed” and billions in customer funds remain in jeopardy. The wreckage at FTX goes from bad to worse. Plus: Elon’s “extremely hardcore” plan for Twitter 2.0. Additional Resources: FTX’s in-house performance coachrestore faith in the crypto ecosystemseries of Twitter messagesextremely hardcoreMusk’s social calendarWe want to hear from you. Email us at hardfork@nytimes.com. Follow “Hard...

Duration:00:50:06

A Verified Mess: Turmoil from Twitter to FTX

11/11/2022
This week, we go inside Elon Musk’s “dire” warnings, FTX’s spectacular collapse and Meta’s big layoffs. Has the tech industry lost its mind? “Hard Fork” listeners: We want to hear your questions about the tech industry. Send them to hardfork@nytimes.com. Also, check us out on TikTok: @hardforkpod Additional Resources: faced a bleak financial picturebuy its competitor FTXcrypto investors scramblingcrypto’s Lehman Brothers momentlayoffs of 11,000 employees

Duration:00:53:23

Life Under Musk: Two Twitter Employees Speak Out

11/4/2022
“We cross our fingers and hope to make it through another day.” Twitter hasn’t spoken publicly since Elon Musk bought the company a week ago. But inside, employees describe a mood of fear, chaos, stress and bizarre requests to print out code. Additional Resources: advising Mr. Musk on changes at Twitterprint out their most recent software codemaking Twitter users payStephen King was not thrilledexecutives have left the companyfinancial challenges

Duration:00:39:21

Emergency Pod: Elon Musk Owns Twitter

10/28/2022
We look into the company’s weird new future with Times tech reporter Kate Conger. Plus, how Apple is single-handedly deciding the future of the digital economy, and a social media death watch. Guest today: Kate CongerAdditional resources: closed the $44 billion deal to own Twitter.visited Twitter’s San Francisco officesought to reassure advertisersafter Apple rejected Spotify’s new app three times.open letter to Meta and Mark Zuckerberg.

Duration:00:57:17

Generative AI is Here. Who Should Control It?

10/21/2022
We sit down with the founder of Stability AI, Emad Mostaque, on the heels of his $101 million fund-raising round. His open-source Stable Diffusion image generator is the key to unlocking creativity, he says, and “one of the ultimate tools for freedom of expression” — as long as it stays out of the hands of a few censorious tech giants. So what’s this former hedge fund manager turned tech mogul thinking about how this technology could be used — or misused? Plus: A.I. Kevin and A.I. Casey stop...

Duration:00:53:37

Legs Are Coming + $36 Burritos + Shocking AI News

10/14/2022
Meta is in the fight of its life — and Mark Zuckerberg hopes VR is the answer. Hmmm. Plus, an existential threat to the gig economy and the wildest news in artificial intelligence.

Duration:01:00:22

Elon’s Hidden Motives + A Meetup in the Metaverse

10/7/2022
The $44 billion Twitter deal is back on the table — and Casey isn’t buying it. Kevin looks for friends in the Metaverse. And the “Hard Fork Transparency Report” debuts. You can read Kashmir Hill’s story here: "This Is Life in the Metaverse."

Duration:01:05:33

What’s a Hard Fork?

9/27/2022
Hosts Kevin Roose and Casey Newton explore stories from the wild frontier of tech. What’s real? What’s hype? “Hard Fork” is here to help you make sense of it. Tune in on Friday, Oct. 7.

Duration:00:01:27

We Interrupt This Program

9/27/2022
Stay tuned for “Hard Fork,” a new podcast from The New York Times that comes Friday, Oct. 7 to this feed. If you’re looking for “Sway” with Kara Swisher, you can search for older episodes in any podcast app or at nytimes.com/sway .

Duration:00:00:38

Best Of: Jon Stewart

7/28/2022
This month, Kara is revisiting some of her favorite episodes of Sway — including this conversation with the comedian and former Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, taped in March 2022. This episode contains strong language. You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.

Duration:00:50:04

Best Of: Matthew McConaughey

7/25/2022
This month, Kara is revisiting some of her favorite episodes of Sway — including this conversation with the actor and self-proclaimed ‘statesman-philosopher, folk-singing poet’ Matthew McConaughey, taped in October 2021. This episode contains strong language. You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.

Duration:00:39:57

Best Of: Stacey Abrams

7/21/2022
This month, Kara is revisiting some of her favorite episodes of Sway — including this conversation with the Georgia gubernatorial candidate and Democratic powerhouse Stacey Abrams, taped in March 2021. You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.

Duration:00:46:02