December 2022 was dominated by the release of ChatGPT, a revolutionary chatbot that made waves in the tech industry for its highly advanced natural language processing abilities and its ability to hold dynamic conversations with users. In fact, ChatGPT wrote the paragraph you’re reading now.
Could you tell?
With that brief foray into the impending singularity aside, here are the other notable stories in tech and art from the final month of a wild year, written (almost) entirely by our own human hands. Welcome to the latest now you know…
sam kinison on the dangers of hot pockets
We promise we’ll move on from AI, but because it was not just the biggest tech story of the month but the year – and maybe of the last years – one last note…we highly recommend spending an afternoon flipping through some Awesome ChatGPT prompts, which provides pre-written scripts you can easily customize and use to generate all sorts of fun. For example, here’s what happened when we had it generate a stand-up bit about Hot Pockets in the voice of Sam Kinison, because why not?
“Hey, have y’all ever had Hot Pockets? I know they say ‘convenient’ on the package, but they should really say ‘caution: may cause third-degree burns on mouth and tongue. I mean, have you ever bitten into one of these things? It’s like a goddamn volcano in your mouth. And don’t even get me started on the cheese. It’s like molten lava, man. I swear, I’ve seen guys take a bite of a Hot Pocket and their heads practically explode.”
Not bad, we can almost hear Sam’s voice screaming about hot cheese as we read it.
watch out overwatch
Netflix has been leaning into the world of gaming for a while now, but it looks like the streaming giant is about to triple-down on its ambitions and begin building its very own blockbuster game a la Fortnite or Overwatch. Only time will tell if their efforts can get the gaming community to think of Netflix as a destination, but something big this way comes…
the music metaverse continues
Animoca Brands, the parent company of The Sandbox gaming metaverse, is now the majority owner of deadmau5 and Richie Hawkin’s Pixelynx. Pixelynx has been doing some of the more interesting activations in the music metaverse – check out their NFT scavenger hunt below – and this investment is a strong signal that despite the larger crypto winter, we can expect much more from the metaverse in 2023.
if you want
In the midst of the metaverse and all its attendant technological explosions, it’s powerful to look back at an extremely effective creative campaign using nothing more than a black and white font, a beautiful message, and some notable messengers. Here’s a belated happy Christmas from John and Yoko.