Jun 13, 2022 • 2M

💬 The Google engineer who thinks the company's AI has come to life

Plus: Crypto lender Celsius pauses withdrawals citing 'extreme market conditions', The ad industry is bracing itself for 'rough waters ahead', and more…

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Jose Montes de Oca
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The Google engineer who thinks the company's AI has come to life. Google engineer Blake Lemoine opened his laptop to the interface for LaMDA, Google's artificially intelligent chatbot generator, and began to type. “Hi LaMDA, this is Blake Lemoine...,” he wrote into the chat… (Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post)

Crypto lender Celsius pauses withdrawals, transfers citing 'extreme market conditions'. Cryptocurrency lender Celsius Network, recently valued at about $3 billion, told customers Sunday evening that it is pausing “withdrawals, swap, and transfers between accounts” in a move that is sparking discussions and has prompted… (Manish Singh / TechCrunch)

The ad industry is bracing itself for 'rough waters ahead' amid an impending spending downturn. Here are all the ways it could play out. The economic downturn is about to hit the ad industry, with global ad spend expected to decline. But consumers are still buying, and ad spend might just shift to different areas. Digital platforms and streaming TV are bright spots, while… (Ryan Joe / Business Insider)

Bitcoin briefly drops below $25,000 as $150 billion wiped off crypto markets over the weekend. Bitcoin tumbled below $25,000 late on Sunday, hitting its lowest level since December 2020, as investors dump crypto amid a broader sell-off in risk assets. Meanwhile, a crypto lending company called Celsius has paused withdrawals for its… (Arjun Kharpal / CNBC)

Why Urban Life Suddenly Got Way More Expensive. Several weeks ago, I needed a ride home after some late-night drinks about two miles from my place in Washington, D.C. I pulled up the Uber app and entered my address. When the price on the screen popped up, I assumed I'd entered the wrong street… (Derek Thompson / The Atlantic)

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