Topics for FIR 263

My topics for discussion with Shel in For Immediate Release 263, our monthly long-form podcast episode for June 2022, published on June 20, 2022:

Google has not created sentient AI — yet

The suspension of a Google engineer called Blake Lemoine, who claimed a computer chatbot he was working on had become sentient and was thinking and reasoning like a human being, has stimulated a lot of discussion over the past week or so. […]

The Personal Brand Is Dead

Gen Z, the youngest adult generation and the most online generation, is frustrated with being surveilled and embarrassed by attention-seeking behaviours, says Kaitlyn Tiffany writing in The Atlantic on June the 17th. This has instigated a retreat into smaller internet spaces and secret-sharing apps, she says, as well as a mini-renaissance for Tumblr, where users – the majority Gen Z, says Tumblr – rarely use their full names. […]

‘Copyright Trolls’ Are Suing People Over Creative Commons Photos

A student website in the US received a letter demanding thousands of dollars for a copyright infringement after using an image that had a Creative Commons copyright license. Creative Commons is most well known for Creative Commons licenses and public domain tools that give everyone a free, simple, and standardized way to grant copyright permissions for creative and academic works; ensure proper attribution; and allow others to copy, distribute, and make use of those works. […]

(Image at top by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash.)