Podcast: Season 1

Kinfolk Keep Trying To Warn Companies About The Potential Harms AI Can Do To Underserved Communities – The Tech Jawn 111

A DEI lead at Facebook has admitted to embezzling 4 million dollars in a scheme that involved fake expense reports, payments via CashApp, and all kinds of easily “firgureoutable” types of fraud. Elon Musk has declared that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives need to die and has even equated DEI to being a different type…

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The FDA Approves Gene Therapy For Sickle Cell Disease: The Tech Jawn 110

The FDA has approved the first-ever gene editing therapy we talked about in episode 106 that treats sickle cell disease which affects over 100,000 mostly Black Americans in the United States. Rumor has it that Apple’s iMessage will not be classified as a gatekeeper service under the EU’s Digital Markets Act and will not have…

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Dang, Colleges Collect A Lot Of Data On Students: The Tech Jawn 109

Happy belated birthday to ChatGPT. OpenAI’s generative AI chatbot that kicked off the AI craze of 2023 officially turned 1 year old on November 30th. Spotify has laid off 17% of its workforce eliminating around 1500 jobs. This is the music streaming company’s third reduction in staff this year. Do we need to worry about…

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Coding My Crown and Dove Launch A Guide For Coding Black Hair In Video Games: The Tech Jawn 108

This is a public service announcement to check your old Google accounts because, starting this week, Google is deleting accounts that have not been accessed in over two years. Tech Life Steph has made the switch from PC to Mac, but, all is not well as she explains why she is not yet using her…

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OpenAI Is Trippin’: The Tech Jawn 107

Apple has finally decided to add RCS to the iPhone sometime in 2024, but, the company makes it clear that RCS is not coming to iMessage, thus the blue bubble vs. green bubble bullying will continue. OpenAI fired its CEO, failed at trying to rehire him less than 24 hours later, had most of its…

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The D.O.C. Uses AI To Release New Music: The Tech Jawn 106

It looks like the Food and Drug Administration might be ready to approve the first gene-editing therapy, CRISPR, that cured sickle cell anemia symptoms in 97% of trial patients.  Are we ready for the Humane AI Pin?  A wearable AI assistant that kind of reminds you of a Star Trek TNG communicator badge.  Rapper and…

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EVs Are Just Too Darn Expensive – The Tech Jawn 105

Electric vehicle sales are actually up year over year but their increased cost compared to the ICE counterparts keeps consumers from adopting them at the rate auto manufacturers thought they would. Elon Musk’s generative AI company X.ai released its LLM Grok this week.  The chatbot comes with an X Premium+ account and answers you in…

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Dr. Joy Buolamwini, The White House, And The UN On AI: The Tech Jawn 104

Cruise’s robotaxi permit was immediately suspended in San Francisco after the company failed to report the whole story about a pedestrian-involved accident and two days later the company suspended service everywhere. Facebook and Instagram launched ad-free premium subscriptions in Europe.  And X, formerly Twitter, launched Basic and Premium+ subscriptions here in the U.S. Multiple states…

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Full Circle With The Fugees: The Tech Jawn 103

A jury awards a female Google Cloud executive $1.1 million because the company gave higher pay to less-experienced male cohorts and later denied her promotions in retaliation for complaining about it.  On the heels of the password-sharing crackdown and a 70% increase in ad-supported tiers, Netflix has a better-than-expected Q3.  The company is still hiking…

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Ya’ll Started Using Passkeys Yet? – The Tech Jawn 102

Microsoft, Apple, and now Google all have native support for passkeys, the next wave of authentication technology that doesn’t require you to remember passwords. A New York state bill has been proposed that would require everyone to register in order to buy certain 3-D printers because of their potential to print parts for guns. The…

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