Charlie Warzel
Charlie Warzel
I write Galaxy Brain, a newsletter about "non-cancellable global communities." Contributing Writer @TheAtlantic. Formerly @nytopinion.Source
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The Great Social Media–News Collapse

The Great Social Media–News Collapse

Over the past decade, Silicon Valley has learned that news is a messy, expensive, low-margin business—the kind that, if you’re not careful, can turn a milquetoast CEO into an international villain and get you dragged in front of Congress.No surprise, then, that Big Tech has decided it’s done with the enterprise altogether. After the 2016 election, news became a bug rather than a feature, a burdensome responsibility of truth arbitration that no executive particularly wanted to deal with. Slowly, and then not so slowly, companies divested from news. Facebook reduced its visibility in users’...

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Talking to AI Might Be the Most Important Skill of This Century

Talking to AI Might Be the Most Important Skill of This Century

A product race is under way in the world of artificial intelligence. Just this week, Google announced plans to release Bard, a search chatbot based on its proprietary large language model; yesterday, Microsoft held an event unveiling a next-generation web browser with a supercharged Bing interface powered by ChatGPT. Though most big tech companies have been quietly developing their own generative-AI tools for years, these giants are scrambling to demonstrate their chops after the public release and runaway adoption of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which has accumulated more than 30 million users in two...

February 8, 2023
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The Case for Keeping Up Your Christmas Tree Until March

The Case for Keeping Up Your Christmas Tree Until March

Right now, there is a hole in my living room. It was not there last week. We’ve tried to cover it up, but nothing seems to work. Rearranging the furniture somehow only makes the hole grow. The space, which once radiated a hopeful glow, now feels hollow. When I stare at this hole, I begin to feel as if a light has gone out in the world. Actually, not just one, many. And that’s because they have.I am, of course, talking about my Christmas tree (RIP).If you live in one of the 94 million homes or apartments that purchased or displayed a tree this holiday season, then maybe you feel the same...

January 15, 2022
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