Personalized GPTs Are Here, F.T.C. Chair Lina Khan on A.I. Competition, and Mayhem at Apefest

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Hosted by Kevin Roose and Casey Newton

Produced by Davis Land and Rachel Cohn

Edited by Jen Poyant

Engineered by Chris Wood

Original music by Elisheba Ittoop, Marion Lozano, Rowan Niemisto and Dan Powell

Warning: this episode contains some explicit language.

OpenAI has unveiled a new way to build custom chatbots. Kevin shows off a few that he has built — including a custom “Hard Fork” bot and a bot that gives investment advice inspired by his late grandfather.

Then, we talk to Lina Khan, the chair of the Federal Trade Commission, about the agency’s approach to regulating A.I. and whether the tactics she has used to regulate big tech companies are working.

And finally, a Bored Ape Yacht Club event left some attendees’ eyes burning, literally. That, and Sam Bankman-Fried’s recent fraud conviction, have us asking, How much damage hath the crypto world wrought?

Today’s guest:

  • Lina Khan, chair of the Federal Trade Commission

Additional reading:

  • OpenAI’s new tools allow users to customize their own GPTs.

  • Lina Khan believes A.I. disruption demands that regulators take a different approach from that of the Web 2.0 era.

  • More than 20 people reported burning eye pain after a Bored Ape Yacht Club party in Hong Kong.

Credit…Illustration by The New York Times; Images: Vectorig/Getty Images


“Hard Fork” is hosted by Kevin Roose and Casey Newton and produced by Davis Land and Rachel Cohn. The show is edited by Jen Poyant. Engineering by Chris Wood and original music by Dan Powell, Elisheba Ittoop, Marion Lozano, and Rowan Niemisto. Fact-checking by Caitlin Love.

Special thanks to Paula Szuchman, Pui-Wing Tam, Nell Gallogly, Kate LoPresti and Jeffrey Miranda.

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