Category: Tech

Some workers say they’re still ‘coffee badging,’ or swiping into work to show their faces before quickly returning home

Coffee badging refers to workers who swipe in at the office solely to meet return-to-office requirements but don’t do much work there, instead leaving quickly to finish their work elsewhere. kotijelly / Getty Images Some workers are still “coffee badging” at work in defiance of RTO mandates. Coffee badging means scanning in at work to satisfy attendance requirements and rushing back home. It’s one element…

There’s a reason AI firms can barely conceal their contempt for the creative industry

Columbia University marketing professor Olivier Toubia told BI that AI companies and creatives are locked in a zero-sum game as they battle for the same audiences. Costfoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images AI companies have been upfront with their goal to disrupt the creative industry.  But they have barely been able to hide their contempt for the artists they are trying to displace. A Columbia professor told…

Stolen campaign poster? Hidden AirTags are the new defense.

Over thirty plaintiffs have joined a class action lawsuit that Apple AirTags helped facilitate stalking. Melina Mara/Getty Images People are hiding AirTags in campaign posters to stop thieves, The Wall Street Journal reports. The tracking devices are helping recover signs and charge those who took them. In some cases, those charged included political opponents, WSJ said. It’s a political tale as old as time: put…

Elon Musk and Tesla are on the rise after a brutal start to the year

Getty; BI This post originally appeared in the Insider Today newsletter. You can sign up for Business Insider’s daily newsletter here. Hi! Wickiator? Glad-to-Wick? I’m not sure about the name, but “Gladiator 2” and “Wicked” being released on the same day (November 22) could become the new “Barbenheimer.” In today’s big story, a tough sales report for Tesla can’t slow the EV maker’s turnaround. What’s…

A new twist in Apple’s deal with OpenAI

Apple gets an observer role on OpenAI’s board as part of the companies’ partnership, per Bloomberg. NurPhoto Apple gets an observer role on OpenAI’s board as part of the companies’ partnership, per Bloomberg. The arrangement raises Apple to Microsoft’s level within the AI startup, according to the outlet. Phil Schiller, head of Apple’s app store, was reportedly picked for the position. Apple scored a board…

This phrase about AI not taking your job sounds smart — but is it true?

Richard Baldwin said, “AI won’t take your job, it’s somebody using AI that will take your job.” Westend61/Getty An economist has said, “AI won’t take your job, it’s somebody using AI that will take your job.” AI seems to be a positive for many workers, but some roles are more at risk of replacement. Experts advise skilling up and leaning into soft human skills as…

Elon Musk’s now lauding Jensen Huang for having once cleaned toilets

“Absolutely the right attitude,” Elon Musk (left) said of Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang’s (right) work ethic. Marc Piasecki via Getty Images; I-Hwa Cheng/AFP via Getty Images Elon Musk is a fan of Jensen Huang’s work ethic. Huang said he once worked for the breakfast chain Denny’s, where he washed dishes and cleaned toilets. The Nvidia CEO said the experience shaped his hands-on working style. Nvidia…

It’s dangerously easy to ‘jailbreak’ AI models so they’ll tell you how to build Molotov cocktails, or worse

Skeleton Key can get many AI models to divulge their darkest secrets. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo A jailbreaking method called Skeleton Key can prompt AI models to reveal harmful information. The technique bypasses safety guardrails in models like Meta’s Llama3 and OpenAI GPT 3.5. Microsoft advises adding extra guardrails and monitoring AI systems to counteract Skeleton Key. It doesn’t take much for a large language model…

Goldman Sachs says the return on investment for AI might be disappointing

It may be a while before companies see a return on their AI investments. Getty Images Tech companies plan on spending over $1 trillion on artificial intelligence. But the return on investment may take a long time and be disappointing, Goldman Sachs says. Some experts said AI might not perform well enough to justify its exorbitant cost. Tech companies are spending big on the AI…

One of the most powerful men in entertainment just called OpenAI’s Sam Altman a ‘con man’ who can’t be trusted

Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel criticized OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman, calling him a “con man” who can’t be trusted with artificial intellgience. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC, Jason Redmond/AFP Ari Emanuel, CEO of media conglomerate Endeavor, called for guardrails on artificial intelligence. He said in an interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival that the technology will be necessary. But he said OpenAI CEO Sam Altman can’t be trusted…

Microsoft AI CEO explains why the economics of information are about to ‘radically change’

Mustafa Suleyman predicts a “true inflection point” in human history just 15 to 20 years from now. PATRICK T. FALLON AI will cut the marginal costs of producing information, Microsoft AI CEO Mustafa Suleyman says. Suleyman predicts near-zero marginal cost for new knowledge production in 15-20 years. Suleyman believes these changes will mark a “true inflection point” in human history. If the internet dramatically cut the…

Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t want to hear your talk about an AI ‘God’

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed his biggest AI turnoff. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Mark Zuckerberg talked about one of his biggest turnoffs in the AI industry right now. Meta CEO criticized people chasing a God-like “one true AI.” Zuckerberg doesn’t think there will be a single best AI, similar to how you don’t use just one app. While Mark Zuckerberg has launched Meta headfirst into the AI…

Meet Bill Gates’ kids Jennifer, Rory, and Phoebe: From a pediatrician to a fashion startup cofounder

Bill Gates has three children with Melinda French Gates, his ex-wife, and now has his first grandchild as well. Mark J. Terrill/AP Images Bill Gates, the Microsoft cofounder, shares three kids with his ex-wife Melinda French Gates. They include a recent med school graduate and a fashion startup cofounder. His eldest daughter, Jennifer Gates Nassar, recently announced she is expecting her second child. Bill Gates’…

The ‘worst moment’ of Sam Altman’s OpenAI ousting happened just before midnight, Airbnb CEO said

Airbnb’s Brian Chesky was reportedly one of the first people OpenAI’s Sam Altman contacted when he was fired. Jemal Countess/Kent Nishimura/Getty Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said the “worst moment” of Sam Altman’s ousting happened around midnight. Chesky said Altman expected to get reinstated but OpenAI then announced Emmett Shear as CEO. Altman planned to go to Microsoft but Chesky said his friendship with Shear helped open a dialogue….

The biggest scandal in gaming right now, explained

Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm at a baseball game in 2023. Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images A top game streamer admitted to messaging a minor in 2017. That’s why the Amazon-owned Twitch platform mysteriously booted him in 2020, Dr Disrespect said. Brand partners and his own game studio have cut ties. Exactly four years ago today, one of the biggest stars on Amazon-owned Twitch was mysteriously…

Elon Musk is reigniting his space feud with Jeff Bezos: ‘Sue Origin’

“Sue Origin,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (right) said in reference to Jeff Bezos’ (left) rocket company, Blue Origin in an X post on Tuesday. Clive Mason/Formula 1 via Getty Images; Marc Piasecki via Getty Images Space barons Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have long had competing ambitions to take over the skies. Bezos’ Blue Origin recently proposed a cap on SpaceX’s launches due to environmental…

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is annoyed with SpaceX’s big rocket launches

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin filed concerns to the FAA about rival SpaceX’s Starship-Super Heavy launch plans. Lambert/ullstein bild/Getty Images; Alex Wong/Getty Images; Blue Origin; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Blue Origin filed concerns to the FAA about SpaceX’s Starship rocket launches. The filing highlighted potential environmental impacts on Blue Origin’s nearby facilities. Blue Origin suggested limiting SpaceX’s number of launches and requiring compensation for any third-party damages….

Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook have had a rivalry for years. Here’s the latest in the back and forth between...

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right, have taken many shots at each other’s companies and products over the years. AP; Francois Mori/AP Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook have taken shots at each other’s companies for years. They’ve traded barbs over Apple’s prices and Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal.  Now, their companies have reached new battlegrounds: AI and…

DeepMind researchers realize AI is really, really unfunny. That’s a problem.

Google Deepmind keynote Jeff Chiu/AP AI chatbots lack humor, producing bland and overly politically correct jokes. A study by Google’s DeepMind had 20 comedians test OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini. Big Tech companies like Google and Amazon emphasize humor to make AI more engaging. It turns out that AI chatbots not only have a tendency to be inaccurate, but they also lack a sense of…

LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman takes aim at venture capitalist David Sacks for his support of Donald Trump

Earlier this month, David Sacks posted an open letter on Twitter in support of Donald Trump, which LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, in a scathing public rebuttal, took apart line by line. Getty Images/Reuters Earlier this month, David Sacks posted an open letter on Twitter in support of Donald Trump.  In a scathing post on Thursday, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman took the letter apart line by…

Apple’s big AI rollout is looking a lot smaller

Apple Intelligence Apple Apple went big with its reveal of Apple Intelligence, its AI offering, earlier this month. But Apple Intelligence is only available on the latest iPhone models. And it likely won’t be available in some of the company’s largest markets anytime soon. At one of its splashiest product reveals in recent history, Apple unveiled its new AI push, called Apple Intelligence, with great…

Elon Musk predicts universal basic income will take off once AI replaces workers. Read his 8 best quotes about UBI.

Elon Musk Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images Elon Musk sees universal basic income as a necessary response to automation eliminating human jobs. The Tesla chief predicts there will be “universal high income” that will give people more free time. Here are Musk’s eight best UBI quotes, including that people should spend the cash as they wish. One of the biggest champions of universal basic income (UBI) is Elon…

China can’t get enough of Elon Musk’s mom

Maye Musk’s book “A Woman Makes A Plan” was a bestseller in China. Zhijian Liu/Getty Images Maye Musk, the mother of Elon Musk, is really popular in China. The model and dietician is also singing Tesla’s praises while in China. Meanwhile Tesla car sales and its market share in China are lagging. Maye Musk, Elon Musk’s mom, is a celebrity in her own right. The…

The man who dismembered tech CEO Fahim Saleh said he was so in love he was disturbed. Prosecutors say he...

Tyrese Haspil escorted by NYPD detectives in New York City. AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez A jury will return to Manhattan court on Monday to decide the fate of Tyrese Haspil. Haspil said his extreme emotional disturbance led to the brutal slaying of tech CEO Fahim Saleh. But Haspil’s activity on a dating app undermined that argument, the prosecution said. A Manhattan jury is about to…

Elon Musk’s Boring Company reduced the natural beauty of Texas to ‘gravel mines,’ resident says

The Boring Company in Bastrop, Texas. Matthew Busch for The Washington Post via Getty Images Elon Musk moved The Boring Company to Texas in 2021, per the Times of London. A resident told the outlet it has turned Texas’ “incredible vistas” into “gravel mines.” She said she fears what will become of the area if steps are not taken to hold industries in check. Elon Musk’s…

Elon Musk really doesn’t want to live forever

Elon Musk. Steve Granitz/FilmMagic via Getty Images Elon Musk isn’t interested in living forever. In a recent interview, Musk said if people live too long they inhibit new ideas. Several tech leaders have been leveraging their wealth to fight the effects of aging. Unlike some of his contemporaries, Elon Musk isn’t interested in living forever. During an interview at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity…

Jeff Bezos weighs in on the chaos gripping his newspaper

Jeff Bezos said an internal memo that he was committed to maintaining The Washington Post’s journalistic standards. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Jeff Bezos told Washington Post staffers Tuesday that their journalistic standards will not change. The memo came as the Post’s publisher and incoming editor face criticism over past reporting. Bezos said he was committed to maintaining the Post’s “quality, ethics, and standards.” Jeff Bezos, the owner…

These are Elon Musk’s top podcasts

Elon Musk considers himself a history buff. Anna Webber/Variety/Getty Images Elon Musk shared some of his favorite podcasts and audiobooks on a recent livestream. He said he’s “a big history guy” and named several including “The Explorers” and “Hardcore History.” Here’s the full list of recommendations he shared. Elon Musk recently shared some of his favorite podcasts, and —spoiler alert — they’re mostly on the subject…

Saudi Arabia looking to China for a lifeline for its futuristic city could mean trouble for the US

An image showing a nighttime view of mountains in the region in northwest Saudi Arabia where planners say Neom will be built. GettyImages/Unsplash/Neom This post originally appeared in the Insider Today newsletter. You can sign up for Business Insider’s daily newsletter here. Happy Friday and a happy start to the UEFA Euro 2024 tournament! It’s best to wrap up any work you have with European…

Elon Musk says Donald Trump calls him up out of the blue

Elon Musk and Donald Trump Lisa O’Connor/AFP/Getty Images and AP Photo/Chris Carlson Elon Musk says former President Donald Trump sometimes calls him up out of the blue. The Tesla CEO made the comments during Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. The apparent Musk-Trump phone calls are in line with a burgeoning chumminess between the two men. Elon Musk may be influencing Donald Trump’s stance on…