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This Week in Tech is the top-ranked flagship tech podcast from Every Sunday, Leo Laporte and a roundtable of insiders explore the week's hottest tech news from AI to robots, and PCs to privacy. When it comes to tech, TWiT is IT.

Records live every Sunday at 5:15pm Eastern / 2:15pm Pacific / 21:15 UTC.
224 Episodes
OpenAI and Reddit, Signal Smear Campaign GPT-4o (omni) + new "Her"-style AI assistant (it's nuts) It's Time to Believe the AI Hype The panel discusses their experiences with Gemini, ChatGPT, Claude OpenAI strikes deal to bring Reddit content to ChatGPT OpenAI Superalignment team is gone 2023 Was the Worst Year for Internet Shutdowns, Report Finds Taiwan, on China's Doorstep, Is Dealing With TikTok Its Own Way French TikTok block in overseas territory sets 'dangerous precedent,' critics warn Utah Locals Are Getting Cheap 10 Gbps Fiber Thanks To Local Governments Vermont's data privacy law sparks state lawmaker alliance against tech lobbyists How a smear campaign against NPR led Elon Musk to feud with Signal Biden Order to Halt China-Tied Bitcoin Mine Beside Nuke Base Came as U.S. Firm Just Bought it Robert Dennard, IBM Inventor Whose Chip Changed Computing, Dies at 91 Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Ben Parr, Dan Patterson, and Iain Thomson Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
Solar Storm Knocks Out Farmers' Tractor GPS Systems During Peak Planting Season Apple Closes in on Deal With OpenAI to Put ChatGPT on iPhone Apple Will Revamp Siri to Catch Up to Its Chatbot Competitors Google is getting even worse for independent sites Musk Plans More Layoffs as Two Senior Tesla Executives Depart At Tesla, a Wild Week That Defined the Company's Future TikTok Sues US Government Over Potential Ban Telegram vs. Signal Sony reverses unpopular Helldivers 2 decision after blistering player reaction Apple apologizes for 'Crush' iPad Pro ad that sparked controversy Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Paris Martineau, Sam Abuelsamid, and Mike Elgan Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
In this episode of This Week in Tech, Leo Laporte is joined by Georgia Dow, Shoshana Weissmann, and Fr. Robert Ballecer, tackling a wide range of thought-provoking topics, from the ethical implications of AI in sensitive fields to the challenges of creating and consuming content in an increasingly commercialized digital landscape. The panel grapples with the potential risks and benefits of AI-powered therapists and priests, stressing the need for human empathy and discernment in these emotionally charged roles. They confront the harsh realities of the internet's "heat death," as the relentless pursuit of profits and engagement leads to a glut of low-quality content and erodes user trust. The group reflects on the double-edged sword of democratized media, celebrating the value of supporting emerging voices while acknowledging the importance of professional standards. As Twitter faces existential challenges, the panel surveys the social media horizon, evaluating alternative platforms like Mastodon and Bluesky, and weighing the implications of Jack Dorsey's departure from the Bluesky board. Elon Musk's reckless tweets about taking Tesla private have come back to haunt him, with the Supreme Court upholding an SEC settlement requiring his Tesla-related posts to be vetted by a lawyer. The FCC has cracked down on major telecom companies for the illegal sale of location data, while legislators push for reforms to prevent the government from exploiting privacy loopholes. Congress continues its misguided crusade to protect children online, with ill-conceived age verification mandates and privacy-eroding measures that threaten the very foundations of digital security. The panel offers an impassioned critique of these shortsighted efforts. The once-beloved video game Helldivers 2 serves as a cautionary tale of platform overreach, as a heavy-handed PlayStation Network login requirement sparks a massive player revolt and torpedoes the game's reputation. Apple's quarterly results are analyzed, and all eyes are on Apple's upcoming event, where new iPads and an enhanced Apple Pencil are expected to take center stage. But the real buzz surrounds the rumored M4 chip and its tantalizing AI capabilities, hinting at a potential game-changer for the iconic brand. The group geeks out over Disney+'s radical revival of X-Men '97 and Amazon's ambitious Fallout adaptation, complete with an immersive easter egg phone experience The freewheeling discussion also touches on Shoshana's ingenious Alexa hacks for Sabbath TV viewing, a UK council's apostrophe apocalypse, the looming cicada invasion, and Fr. Robert's role as a guardian angel for the Vatican's feral felines. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Georgia Dow, Shoshana Weissmann, and Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: promo code TWiT
TikTok Ban, Intel's Struggles, Google's Ensh*ttification 'Thunder Run': Behind Lawmakers' Secretive Push to Pass the TikTok Bill A Chinese Firm Is America's Favorite Drone Maker. Except in Washington. The panel taks about AI With YouTube Booming, Podcast Creators Get Camera-Ready A new California bill would restrict line-skipping service 'Clear' at airports in the name of equity The Man Who Killed Google Search Google search boss Raghavan warns employees of 'new operating reality' Oracle is moving its world HQ to Nashville Google delays third-party cookie demise yet again Alphabet Leaps Into $2 Trillion Club as Results Show AI Strength U.S. chipmaker Intel was once dominant, now struggles to stay relevant Twilio Founder Jeff Lawson Has Some Serious Plans for The Onion Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Amy Webb and Kevin Rose Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - use code: TWIT
Cops can force suspect to unlock phone with thumbprint, US court rules TikTok 'ban' passes in the House again Senate reauthorizes FISA spy program, but not before its midnight expiration Surveillance Law Section 702 Keeps Us Safe Netflix (NFLX) earnings Q1 2024 Americans' New TV Habit: Subscribe. Watch. Cancel. Repeat. How One Author Pushed the Limits of AI Copyright Amazon Prime Memberships in US Gain 8% to New High After Lull Tesla recalls all 3,878 Cybertrucks over faulty accelerator pedal Tesla asks shareholders to approve Elon Musk's nixed $56 billion pay plan Cool or creepy? Microsoft's VASA-1 is a new AI model that turns photos into 'talking faces' GPT-4 can exploit real vulnerabilities by reading advisories Boston Dynamics' Atlas humanoid robot goes electric Schools Want to Ban Phones. Parents Say No. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Jason Howell, Abrar Al-Heeti, and Mikah Sargent Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - use code: TWIT
AI Music with Suno and Udio Google's DeepMind finds 2.2M crystal structures in materials science win Vana plans to let users rent out their Reddit data to train AI How I Built an AI-Powered, Self-Running Propaganda Machine for $105 AI's Victories in Go Inspire Better Human Game Playing Why the California Journalism Preservation Act is putting support of the news ecosystem at risk Google and the CJPA Consumers will finally see FCC-mandated 'nutrition labels' for most broadband plans SAG-AFTRA union secures AI protections for artists in deal with major record labels Peter Higgs, physicist who proposed Higgs boson, dies aged 94 | Peter Higgs BESSY II: How pulsed charging enhances the service time of batteries Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Denise Howell, Larry Magid, and Owen Thomas Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
House, Senate leaders nearing deal on landmark online privacy bill Marissa Mayer's eternal Sunshine Elon Musk says Tesla will unveil its robotaxi on Aug. 8; shares pop Amazon's Grocery Stores to Drop Just Walk Out Checkout Tech X's 'complimentary' Premium push gives people blue checks they didn't ask for President Biden is now posting into the fediverse Yahoo is acquiring Artifact to bring its AI features to Yahoo News MrBeast calls for slowing down video editing styles A TikTok Whistleblower Got DC's Attention. Do His Claims Add Up? Price of zero-day exploits rises as companies harden products against hackers App Store guidelines now allow game emulators; more How Tech Giants Cut Corners to Harvest Data for A.I. Google Pledges to Destroy Browsing Data to Settle 'Incognito' Lawsuit SF Giants using facial recognition tech to fast-track ticket line Apple (AAPL) Explores Home Robots After Abandoning Car Efforts Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Mikah Sargent, Lisa Schmeiser, and Harry McCracken Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
Gmail turns 20, AI PC definition, xz Utils backdoor 20 years of Gmail Backdoor found in widely used Linux utility breaks encrypted SSH connections An Accidental Discovery of a Backdoor Likely Prevented Thousands of Infections EU probes Apple, Meta and Alphabet under landmark new law Google Podcasts service shuts down in the US next week Daniel Kahneman, Who Plumbed the Psychology of Economics, Dies at 90 - The New York Times The great rewiring: is social media really behind an epidemic of teenage mental illness? Social Media, Authoritarianism, and the World As It Is - LPE Project Phison Announces Strategic Partnerships Deploying aiDAPTIV+ at NVIDIA GTC 2024 Microsoft says this single key is the difference between an AI PC and just a PC with AI Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Allyn Malventano, Daniel Rubino, and Doc Rock Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: Download StepDog promo code TWIT
U.S. versus Apple: A first reaction Critics of the TikTok Bill Are Missing the Point Tennessee becomes first US state with law protecting musicians from AI In One Key A.I. Metric, China Pulls Ahead of the U.S.: Talent Murthy v Missouri at SCOTUS Unpatchable vulnerability in Apple chip leaks secret encryption keys Windows 11, Tesla, and Ubuntu Linux hacked at Pwn2Own Vancouver Vernor Vinge (1944-2024) Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Cathy Gellis, Rob Pegoraro, and Brianna Wu Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: or use Promo Code TWIT - use code: TWIT
The Panel discusses video Formats and aspect ratios House of Reps pass bill that could ban TikTok TechDirt: TikTok ban would be unconstitutional and doesn't actually help with threats TikTok estimated to be worth $100B, or $40B if it doesn't include the algorithm US wants to ban TikTok for the sins of every social media company What social media is the panel using? Musk's SpaceX is building spy satellite network for US intelligence agency, sources say Musk dumps Don Lemon after sitting through one interviuew "Gurman: CarPlay is now all Apple has left, should they charge for the more advanced version? + Apple planning for the biggest AirPods push yet with new low-end, mid-range models" Microsoft is hosting its Surface/AI event next week, what do we think about Microsoft's current PC and AI ambitions? FCC raises broadband minimums to 100Mbps/20Mbps, up from 25Mbps/3Mbps Pornhub says adios to Texas Profile of the UberCheats dev, who created an app to see how the Uber algorithm was screwing over workers What media is the panel watching? Host: Devindra Hardawar Guests: Alex Lindsay, Glenn Fleishman, and Scott Stein Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
TikTok Ban, Creepy AI, Practical Fusion Why Trump now opposes banning TikTok Spain tells Sam Altman, Worldcoin to shut down its eyeball-scanning orbs OpenAI announces new members to the board of directors OpenAI Responds to Elon Musk's Lawsuit Palantir wins US Army contract for battlefield AI Welcome to the Valley of the Creepy AI Dolls AI Marilyn Monroe Marks Another Step Forward In Extending Celebrity Brand Value Beyond The Grave The Panel discusses Bluesky and general social media FDA Clears First Over-the-Counter Continuous Glucose Monitor Microsoft says Russian hackers stole source code after spying on its executives Apple hit with €1.8bn fine for breaking EU law over music streaming MIT Claims Superconducting Breakthrough Means Fusion Power Can Be Practical "Disgraceful": Messy ToS update allegedly locks Roku devices until users give in Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Roberto Baldwin, Mike Masnick, and Louise Matsakis Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
Apple's Car Was Doomed by Its Lofty Ambitions to Outdo Tesla Frame glasses Elon Musk sues OpenAI over AI threat Why Elon Musk's OpenAI Lawsuit Leans on A.I. Research From Microsoft Elon Musk Asks Satya Nadella for Tech Support: 'I Don't Mean to be a Pest' Yahoo lays off the leaders of Engadget South Korean streamers struggle with Twitch's sudden exit TikTok Begins Removing Universal Music Publishing Songs Progressive Web Apps in the EU will work fine in iOS 17.4 Push alerts are the latest technique the FBI uses to track criminal suspects Peering through Lenovo's transparent laptop into a sci-fi future Best of MWC 2024: AI, Wearables, and Bending Phone Concepts That Amaze Republican US senator wants to hike tariffs on Chinese vehicles Robert "Bob" G. Heil - Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Anthony Ha and Sam Abuelsamid Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: Download StressFace
How Exactly NVIDIA Is Pulling This Off Google takes down Gemini AI image generator. Here's what you need to know AT&T restores service after hours of outage AT&T is giving customers a bill credit following massive outage Police arrest LockBit ransomware members, release decryptor in global crackdown Walmart agrees to buy Vizio to grow ad business Walmart isn't buying Vizio for its hardware. It wants the TV maker's ad business Wyze sent camera thumbnails from 13,000 systems to other users Reddit files to list IPO on NYSE under the ticker RDDT KeyTrap' DNS Bug Threatens Widespread Internet Outages Microsoft fixes Edge browser bug that was stealing Chrome tabs and data SpaceX May Be Withholding Satellite Internet in Taiwan, Congressman Contends FTC cracks down on H&R Block for deleting tax data when users want to downgrade 3rd Time's a Charm — Lunar Library Successfully Lands on the Moon — Backup of Human Civilization Will Last for Up To Billions of Years. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Janko Roettgers, Mike Elgan, and Alex Kantrowitz Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: or use Promo Code TWIT promo code TWIT
Zuckerberg says Quest 3 is 'the better product' vs. Apple's Vision Pro Apple to be fined over $500 million under EU antitrust law Fighting the smartphone 'invasion': the French village that voted to ban scrolling in public 2 Twitter books are coming out Bluesky opens up to the public The Reply Guy Constitution Kids Online Safety Act secures enough support to pass Senate Leak of Russian 'Threat' Part of a Bid to Kill US Surveillance Reform, Sources Say Intel accused of inflating CPU benchmark results Amazon Argues National Labor Relations Board Is Unconstitutional Apple iMessage, Microsoft Bing Dodge EU's Big Tech Crackdown FCC commissioner wants to investigate Apple over Beeper Mini shutdown Bored Apes' creator Yuga Labs acquires Proof, takes over Moonbirds NFT brand Sarah Silverman's copyright infringement suit against OpenAI will advance in pared-down form Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Amanda Silberling, Abrar Al-Heeti, and Shoshana Weissmann Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - use code: TWIT
Bluesky Goes Public, Zuck's AI plans The panel discusses the Apple Vision Pro Transcribe Glass X rival Bluesky launches to public with option to pick your algorithm Tech layoff tracker - A general discussion on AI Zuckerberg's Plan for AI Hinges on Your Facebook and Instagram Data The panel looks back at the proto-internet Reddit Doesn't Have to Share IP-Addresses of Piracy Commenters, Court Rules David Kahn, Leading Historian of Codes and Code Breaking, Dies at 93 The passing of John Walker, programmer and co-founder of AutoDesk Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Cathy Gellis, Harry McCracken, and Nicholas De Leon Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
The panel gives their thoughts on the Apple Vision Pro Online safety hearing gets skeptical response from kids, advocates Finance worker pays out $25 million after video call with deepfake 'chief financial officer' Amazon Drops $1.4 Billion iRobot Deal; Vacuum Maker Cuts Jobs There Are 14 Billion Videos on YouTube Elon Musk: First Human Receives Neuralink Brain Chip Google Search officially retires cache link The panel discusses the recent spat of tech industry layoffs Japan finally ends mandatory form submission on floppy disks Amazon Content Spending 2023 Rose 14% to $18.9B for TV, Film and Music Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Georgia Dow, Lisa Schmeiser, and Wesley Faulkner Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
AI Investing Trends, Taylor Swift Deepfakes 160-180k Apple Vision Pros sold Ben Parr's 110+ Page Slide report I came out with on AI investing trends + predictions in 2023/2024 George Carlin AI Lawsuit: Estate Sues Creators Over Comedy Special Nightshade, the tool that 'poisons' data, gives artists a fighting chance against AI Google News Is Boosting Garbage AI-Generated Articles Taylor Swift explicit AI finally blocked on X after days Tim Sweeney on Europe's new Digital Markets Act iPhone Apps Secretly Harvest Data When They Send You Notifications, Researchers Find N.S.A. Buys Americans' Internet Data Without Warrants, Letter Says Pokemon-like game has gone viral, 5m+ downloads in a week, lots of questions on copyright Beeper's push for iMessage on Android is really over Police Arrest Teen Said to Be Linked to Hundreds of Swatting Attacks Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Stacey Higginbotham, Ben Parr, and Allyn Malventano Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: or use Promo Code TWIT
Verizon Fees, AI Translations, Microsoft Hack The panel talks about the Apple Vision pro The Apple Google Duopoly Verizon To Keep Charging Controversial Fee Despite $100 Million Settlement Javier Milei Special Address WITH AI Sam Altman says ChatGPT will evolve in "uncomfortable" ways Sports Illustrated Thrown Into Chaos With Mass Layoffs Origins and definition of "Ensh*ttification" Beeper users say Apple is now blocking their Macs from using iMessage entirely The Quiet Death of Ello's Big Dreams Microsoft 'senior leadership' emails accessed by Russian SolarWinds hackers Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data Among Linguists, the Word of the Year Is More of a Vibe Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Cory Doctorow, Iain Thomson, and Alex Lindsay Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - promo code: TWIT
Padre's CES Haul, Google Layoffs, AI Battery The panel discusses what they saw at CES Padre shows off some toys from CES Volkswagen says it's putting ChatGPT in its cars for 'enriching conversations' Mercedes-Benz's best-in-class voice assistant is getting an AI boost AI-Generated 'George Carlin' Comedy Blasted by Comedian's Daughter SAG-AFTRA strikes deal for AI voice acting licensing in video games at CES 2024 Google Is Laying Off Hundreds of Workers in Its Voice Assistant, AR Teams Microsoft's new battery is a test of AI-infused scientific discovery Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, David Pierce, and Daniel Rubino Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - use code: TWIT
CES preview The NY Times Lawsuit Against OpenAI A New Kind of AI Copy Can Fully Replicate Famous People. The Law Is Powerless. Elon Musk Has Used Illegal Drugs, Worrying Leaders at Tesla and SpaceX Microsoft's keyboards and mice will live on under a unique new partnership A physical keyboard for your iPhone RIP: Software design pioneer Niklaus Wirth Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Amy Webb, Christina Warren, and Devindra Hardawar Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
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Esher (T3k 'n' 5tuff)

Good panel, except Nicolas. He lost all tech credibility forever for liking new Outlook.

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Douglas Boyer

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Oct 4th


It was an ok episode

Jul 19th

J McClary

Adding jutices because you lost the majority is POLITICS and nothing principled. Unsubscribe

Apr 15th


owen dropping the truth about American manufacturing and labor markets as they relate to cost of goods.

Dec 7th


well, another one with an agenda, what a shame.

Jun 5th

Hien P

Elon is the master of marketing.

May 4th

Hien P

Animals are not trial period 🤦‍♂️. There will be a huge increase of animal abandonment or back to the shelter..

Apr 1st

Publius II

I've personally experienced the YouTube rabit hole. I started out as a vocal atheist (which I still am) that lead me to thunder foot who lead me to anti feminist videos which lead me to Sargon of ackad that lead me to sjw which than fed into teal dear and honey badger radio which had me fill blown mra and it wasn't till a friend asked me what I was doing (not like aggressive just genuine inquiry about my day) that I looked at what I was doing and the answer was brainwashing myself

Mar 17th

Ad Viswas

this is way too long to listen much less watch,. I know there is a lot of content but makers have to think about reducing the time.

Feb 21st



Feb 16th

Jason Adams

wow, Leo really has a problem talking over these guests. is it because their women?

Dec 9th

Chad Taylor

couldn't even finish listening. Everyone talking over eachother.

Nov 18th

Justin Rogers

for real that English guy should just leave.

Nov 15th

Evan Morgan

stop cutting each other off holy shit

Nov 11th
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Nonya Business

like, like.

Nov 2nd

Robert Fistler

long time listener tuning out. this show literally just turned into a political talk show. dont we get enough of this garbage all day from all corners of the internet. you can find better tech shows that actually talk about TECH. dont waste your time on this

Oct 14th

Joe Bobst

who's this pretentious aussie trying to take away the windows ive known for 20 years

Sep 3rd
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