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A Music Critic Reviews AI Songs
Some are technically impressive. But are they actually good?
Writers Are Becoming ‘AI Prompt Engineers,’ a Job Which May or May Not Exist
Freelancers say they’re quitting to become ChatGPT whisperers. But is it a legitimate career path, or just another short-lived gold rush?
AI Is Tearing Wikipedia Apart
Volunteers who maintain the digital encyclopedia are divided on how to deal with the rise of AI-generated content and misinformation.
Welcome to the Era of Optimisation Dating
Hustle-culture has finally hit dating. From love surveys to co-working coffee dates, we're screening potential lovers with streamlined efficiency.
Pop Songs Really Are Shorter Than Ever Now
From shorter verses to frontloading the chorus, chart toppers sound dramatically different these days.
VICE on Addiction
The Rise of Mobile Gambling Is Leaving People Ruined and Unable to Quit
Financial catastrophe is now only a few clicks away, a problem that is showing quiet signs of becoming a crisis. "I can't just get rid of my phone," one problem gambler says.
Researchers Find a Promising Treatment for Video Game Addiction
It's about rewiring the gamer's relationship to video games, not abstinence.
VICE on Artificial Intelligence
Scientists Increasingly Can’t Explain How AI Works
AI researchers are warning developers to focus more on how and why a system produces certain results than the fact that the system can accurately and rapidly produce them.
Developers Are Connecting Multiple AI Agents to Make More ‘Autonomous’ AI
They hope to create an agent that can do a number of tasks on its own, such as developing a website, creating a newsletter, and writing on a Google doc.
VICE on Business
OpenAI Is Now Everything It Promised Not to Be: Corporate, Closed-Source, and For-Profit
OpenAI is today unrecognizable, with multi-billion-dollar deals and corporate partnerships. Will it seek to own its shiny AI future?
The Rise of the Millionaire LinkedIn Influencer
To some, LinkedIn's try-hard nature has become a perfect example of the worst of corporate culture. But the site's influencers say the joke's on everyone else, as they pull in big money with ease.…
VICE on Deepfakes
Deepfake Porn Is Evolving to Give People Total Control Over Women's Bodies
People are creating a new kind of nonconsensual pornography by combining deepfakes with 3D avatars that can be manipulated to do whatever they want.
AI-Assisted Fake Porn Is Here and We’re All Fucked
Someone used an algorithm to paste the face of 'Wonder Woman' star Gal Gadot onto a porn video, and the implications are terrifying.
VICE on Elon Musk
Elon Musk’s First Days as Twitter Owner: Conspiracies, Chaos, and Desperation
Musk's first few days at Twitter create the image of someone who owns a company he doesn't want and has no idea how to manage.
VICE on Facebook
Zoom iOS App Sends Data to Facebook Even if You Don’t Have a Facebook Account
Facebook’s Monopoly Is Imploding Before Our Eyes
Competition, miscalculations, and regulatory scrutiny have all but killed the advertising giant's dreams of diversifying its business and rolling up the digital world into its platform.
VICE on Gaming
Why There's No Room for Suburbs in Open-World Games
They're iconic, they contain a huge share of the population, and they're almost entirely absent from video games' depictions of reality.
U.S. Army Planned to Pay Streamers Millions to Reach Gen-Z Through Call of Duty
Internal Army documents obtained by Motherboard provide insight on how the Army wanted to reach Gen-Z, women, and Black and Hispanic people through Twitch, Paramount+, and the WWE.
VICE on LGBTQIA
Google’s Sentiment Analyzer Thinks Being Gay Is Bad
This is the latest example of how bias creeps into artificial intelligence.
The Original Blueprints for 'The Sims' Reveal Why the Game Always Included Gay Relationships
A treasure trove of design documents shows how ‘The Sims’ became one of gaming’s most beloved franchises.
VICE on Scams
I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb
How easy is it to exploit Airbnb? While searching for my grifter, I found out.
Here Are the Most Common AirBnb Scams Worldwide
Nearly 1,000 people flooded our inbox with their stories. We found some patterns.
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Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware
A dive into the thriving black market of John Deere tractor hacking.
What Happens to Your Brain When You Stop Believing in God
It's like going off a drug.
«Ironically, the brain's evolution is what enables us to believe in religion at all.»
Why Are Letters Shaped the Way They Are?
Linguistic games and research are revealing a hidden connection between what words look and sound like, and what they mean.
An AI-Generated Artwork Won First Place at a State Fair Fine Arts Competition, and Artists Are Pissed
Jason Allen's AI-generated work "Théâtre D'opéra Spatial" took first place in the digital category at the Colorado State Fair.
A Better Way to Think of Stress, According to Science
The “synergistic mindset” is about making unavoidable stressors work in your favor.
«Students who watched the training session exhibited a lower stress response based on heart rate and other physiological measures.»
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VICE on Social Media
Facebook Threatens to Pull Out of Europe If It Doesn’t Get Its Way
European regulators are cracking down on Facebook's ability to transfer data across the Atlantic. Now the tech giant is threatening to pull its services from more than 400 million European users.
Beware of the Perfect Gentleman
The men whose photos are used for catfishing have little recourse other than to continuously report fake profiles across social media platforms.