NYC Bans Students and Teachers from Using ChatGPT

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“Due to concerns about negative impacts on student learning, and concerns regarding the safety and accuracy of content, access to ChatGPT is restricted on New York City Public Schools’ networks and devices,” education department spokesperson Jenna Lyle told Motherboard in a statement. “While the tool may be able to provide quick and easy answers to questions, it does not build critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, which are essential for academic and lifelong success.”

https://www.vice.com/en/article/y3p9jx/nyc-bans-students-and-teachers-from-using-chatgpt

Farewell to 3G

While 3G will still exist in other countries for quite a few more years, Verizon’s deadline is pretty much the end of the line for it here in the US. The tech hasn’t gone gentle into that good night; carriers delayed their shutdowns several times, there were tiffs between Dish and T-Mobile, and you can’t just turn a network that had been around for years off without things starting to break.

https://www.theverge.com/2022/12/31/23490721/3g-sunset-verizon-history-december-2022

Gone But Not Forgotten (Yet): The Tech That Died in 2022

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It’s time for our annual look at the tech that died this year. Some services have been around for ages and we are just now saying farewell to the last vestiges of a once-great brand. Others went belly up in less than a month. Read on to see what the major companies—Amazon, Meta, and Google—kicked to the curb in 2022, as well as a month-by-month rundown of other products that ended up in the tech graveyard.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/gone-but-not-forgotten-yet-the-tech-that-died-in-2022

NewsEpic Games agrees to pay record-breaking $520 million for privacy violations

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Epic Games, the developer of the popular video game Fortnite, agreed to pay $520 million over allegations the company violated digital privacy protections for children and used so-called “dark patterns” to trick users into making unintentional purchases, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Monday.

“As early as 2017, Epic employees urged the company to change the default settings to require users to opt in for voice chat, citing concern about the impact on children in particular,” the FTC said in its announcement. “Despite this and reports that children had been harassed, including sexually, while playing the game, the company resisted turning off the default settings.”

“Epic ignored more than one million user complaints and repeated employee concerns that ‘huge’ numbers of users were being wrongfully charged,” the FTC said. “In fact, Epic’s changes only made the problem worse… Using internal testing, Epic purposefully obscured cancel and refund features to make them more difficult to find.”

https://therecord.media/epic-games-agrees-to-pay-record-breaking-520-million-for-privacy-violations/

Twitter abruptly bans all links to Instagram, Mastodon, and other competitors

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Twitter will no longer allow users to promote their presence on certain social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr, and Post. In a post outlining these changes, Twitter says it will take action against users that violate this policy “at both the Tweet level and the account level.”

https://www.theverge.com/2022/12/18/23515221/twitter-bans-links-instagram-mastodon-competitors

Everybody Please Calm Down About ChatGPT

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The panic and hype around the surprisingly dumb chatbot is stopping us from talking about real issues with AI.

ChatGPT is more about bullshitting than creativity, which serves as a neat metaphor for what has happened with our technology sector and how it “feels like a giant organ for bullshittery―for upscaling human access to speech and for amplifying lies.” When Bogost sat down with ChatGPT, he found something similar to what moderators at Stack Overflow did.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/bvmk9m/everybody-please-calm-down-about-chatgpt