Developments in AI, Biology, Regulation, and More
Perhaps unsurprisingly, December was a slow month. Blog posts and articles dropped off over the holidays; the antics of Sam Bankman-Fried and Elon Musk created a lot of distractions. While we won’t engage in Schadenfreude over the Twitter exodus, or SBF’s fall from the financial firmament, the most interesting news of the month is the rise of Mastodon. Mastodon isn’t new, and it doesn’t yet challenge the major social media players. But it’s real, it’s scaling, and its federated model presents a different way of thinking about social media, services, and (indeed) Web3. And ChatGPT? Yes, everyone was talking about it. It’s been known to impersonate Linux, help developers learn new programming languages, and even improve traditional college courses (where its ability to make mistakes can be turned into an asset).
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