Google’s Epic Loss, Silicon Valley’s Curious New Subculture and How 2023 Changed the Internet

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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, Marion Lozano and Rowan Niemisto

A jury decided the Google Play store unfairly stifles competition and maintains a monopoly. Kevin and Casey discuss how the ruling could reshape the digital economy. Then, a growing movement of developers and enthusiasts of artificial intelligence want the technology developed as quickly as possible, even if it has negative consequences for humanity. And, finally, why the internet of the future could look totally different.

Today’s guest: Cloudflare CEO and co-founder Matthew Prince.

Additional Reading:

  • Epic Games won its lawsuit against Google.

  • ‘Effective Accelerationism’ is Silicon Valley’s latest, and maybe weirdest, counterculture.

  • Cloudflare tracked the biggest changes to the internet in 2023.

Credit…Kirill Kudryavtsev/Agence France-Presse — 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 Alyssa Moxley and original music by Dan Powell, 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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