All the signs are there, according to observers. As one tech publication put it, “Google is trying to kill the 10 blue links. Twitter is being abandoned to bots and blue ticks. There’s the junkification of Amazon and the enshittification of TikTok. Layoffs are gutting online media. A job posting looking for an ‘AI editor’ expects ‘output of 200 to 250 articles per week.’ ChatGPT is being used to generate whole spam sites. Etsy is flooded with ‘AI-generated junk.’ Chatbots cite one another in a misinformation ouroboros. LinkedIn is using AI to stimulate tired users. Snapchat and Instagram hope bots will talk to you when your friends don’t. Redditors are staging blackouts. Stack Overflow mods are on strike. The Internet Archive is fighting off data scrapers, and ‘AI is tearing Wikipedia apart.'”
Is the worst-case scenario inevitable? Neville and Shel explore the possibilities in this short mid-week episode.
The next monthly, long-form episode of FIR will drop on Monday, July 24
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Special thanks to Jay Moonah for the opening and closing music.
You can find the stories from which Shel’s FIR content is selected at Shel’s Link Blog. Shel has started a metaverse-focused Flipboard magazine. You can catch up with both co-hosts on Neville’s blog and Shel’s blog. Neville’s Asides blog is also available.
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