A.I.’s Inner Conflict, Nvidia Joins the Trillion-Dollar Club, and Hard Questions

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Hosted by Kevin Roose and Casey Newton

Produced by Davis Land and Rachel Cohn

Edited by Jen Poyant

Engineered by Alyssa Moxley

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

A few days after a lawyer used ChatGPT to write a brief filled with made-up cases, a group of A.I. experts released a letter warning of the “risk of extinction” from the technology. But will A.I. ever be good enough to pose such a threat?

Then, FAANG is now MAAAN, with the addition of Nvidia. Here’s how the GPU company became a trillion-dollar behemoth.

Plus: Kevin, Casey and the New York Times tech reporter Kate Conger answer Hard Questions from listeners.

Credit…Illustration by The New York Times

Today’s Guest:

  • Kate Conger is a technology reporter in the San Francisco bureau of The New York Times.

Additional Reading:

  • A lawyer used ChatGPT the same week that A.I. leaders released a 22-word statement about the existential risk A.I. poses to humanity.

  • The chip company Nvidia hit a $1 trillion market cap, powered by A.I. demand.

  • The podcast “Acquired” did a two-part series on the history of Nvidia.


“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 Alyssa Moxley and original music by Dan Powell, Elisheba Ittoop, Marion Lozano, Sophia Lanman 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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