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Award-winning Australian technology news podcast Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News dives into the big stories of the week. Joined by Australia's leading tech journalists every Friday, co-hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman channel-surf through the headlines in search of the big picture.
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Feb 9, 2023

Microsoft and Google are going all in on AI-assisted search with Bard and Prometheus, but what effect on our online searches will this have? And can an AI write sitcoms and make them funny, or are they funny because an AI is writing them?

Special Guest The Register's Simon Sharwood (@ssharwood)!


1:32: Are Google and Microsoft’s AI Chatbots a good idea… or a very bad idea?

2:25 Don’t forget Ernie – the new AI Chatbot from Baidu!

3:20 When big tech creates algorithmic services, bad things happen

6:20 The pitfalls of relying on ChatGPT

7:54: Can we apply a little cynicism and caution before jumping in?

8:48: Is this a bigger gamble for Google or Microsoft?

10:27 There’s nobody in my life that disrespects my choices in the same way that Microsoft and Apple do…

11:14 Is this just more of a ploy to learn more about us?

12:31: Could this make Google search useful and relevant again?

14:18 Is Google just playing catchup (for once?)

16:43: Are Google and Microsoft opening themselves up for serious lawsuits?

18:11 Would you let Microsoft compose your next LinkedIn post for you?

18:53 Are these AI Chat summaries going to kill the web writing/content/journalism industries?

20:10 Nick Cave says that AI generated music has no soul – is he right?

23:29 Can an AI write even passable comedy – and what happens when it tries?

24:15 Random joke… or is it a joke?

26:20 The upside of AI-written comedy

28:33 AI is computationally expensive

29:47: Wrap and final thoughts and comments

Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. 

Twitter: @verticalholdau