AI +'s messy moment Listeners respond to Jonathan Haidt + Shrimp Jesus

This week we will look at the corporate chaos in the field of artificial intelligence. Stability AI has announced that its founder and CEO, Emad Mostaque, will be leaving the company. Meanwhile, Microsoft hired two of Inflection's cofounders and much of Inflection's staff, without actually acquiring the company itself. Both moves surprised tech insiders. Then we spoke to listeners who had something to say about our interview with Jonathan Haidt about smartphones, social media and young people. Finally, let's examine the real reasons behind “Shrimp Jesus” and other extremely popular images on social media generated with artificial intelligence.

Today's guests:

  • Jordan Lucero, a high school student

  • Maya Rayle, a graduate student

  • Jack Campbell, a college student

  • Brendan Kelley, a high school digital coach

Additional reading:

“Hard Fork” is hosted by Kevin Roose AND Casey Newton and produced by Davis Land AND Rachel Cohn. The show is edited by Poyant only. Engineering by Alyssa Moxley and original music by Dan Powell, Marion Lozano AND Rowan Niemisto Fact checking by Caitlin Love.

Special thanks to Paula Szuchman, Pui Wing Tam, Nell Gallogly, Kate Lo Presti AND Jeffrey Miranda.

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