Tech Headlines of the Week: AI’s Rise, Streaming Wars, and Crypto’s Fail


Explore the confluence of AI's cultural ascent, the bold moves in the streaming wars, and the rigorous debates of tech governance in a week that has shaped the discourse on technology's societal impact and its future trajectory.

This week, we witnessed several cultural milestones as technology showcased its profound influence, stretching from global summits to strategic maneuvers within the streaming wars. These stories offer a prelude to deeper discussions on the intersection of innovation, governance, and the societal implications of tech’s relentless march forward.

From Jargon to Judgment Day: AI’s Rise as Collins’ Word of the Year

Artificial intelligence (AI) has officially entered the mainstream after Collins Dictionary anointed ‘AI’ as its Word of the Year. Despite the fanfare, however, this spotlight on AI brings with it a complex array of expectations and challenges that question whether this technological marvel will indeed fulfill its prophesied potential. TNW looks back at past winners of the accolade, like non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have aged. 

AI is the ‘word of the year.’ Here’s how previous tech terms fared (TNW)

AI Safety Summit: A Milestone or a Mirage in Tech Governance?

The inaugural global AI Safety Summit convened at Bletchley Park. It represented a milestone in artificial intelligence governance, with international leaders and experts coming together to navigate the future trajectory of AI. The summit was billed as a robust collective commitment to developing AI as a force for good, emphasizing the importance of transparency, accountability, and human rights protection. 

The collaboration of 28 nations, including AI powerhouses like the US and China, points to a burgeoning consensus on the need for rigorous AI testing and establishing safety standards that transcend national boundaries. However, the summit also surfaces significant challenges and concerns. 

There is a risk that the gathering, while high in symbolic value, may not translate into concrete, enforceable outcomes, which critics highlight by calling it a mere “talking shop.” Meanwhile, the media ran with sensationalist clickbait headlines from Elon Musk quotes such as ‘AI will eliminate jobs’ or ‘AI is far more dangerous than nukes.’


The ambitious task of evaluating and guaranteeing the safety of AI in complex, real-world scenarios remains a daunting prospect. However, the accurate measure of the summit’s success will hinge on implementing its ideals into effective international policy and the ongoing balancing act of fostering innovation while protecting society from the adverse impacts of AI.

Five takeaways from the UK’s AI safety summit at Bletchley Park (Guardian)

Full Stream Ahead: Disney’s Ambitious $8.61 Billion Hulu Buyout

In a landmark move that underscores the intensifying battle for dominance in the streaming landscape, The Walt Disney Company is poised to acquire complete control of Hulu, heralding a significant consolidation in the media industry. With an initial price tag of approximately $8.61 billion, Disney’s strategic buyout from Comcast’s NBCUniversal is set to enhance its digital footprint and streaming objectives. 

The news dropped just a few days after we predicted 2024 will see some much-needed consolidation of the streaming landscape. This planned consolidation is more than just a business transaction; it’s a bold statement about the future of streaming and Disney’s vision for its place within it. Can we expect further consolidation in the months ahead?

Disney to buy out Hulu from Comcast for about $8.61 billion (Ars Technica)

From Crypto King to Convict: The Tale of Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX

In a verdict that echoes through the cryptocurrency world, Sam Bankman-Fried, the crypto magnate behind the FTX exchange, was convicted on charges of fraud and money laundering this week. This outcome marks a dramatic conclusion to a saga that saw FTX’s meteoric rise and catastrophic collapse, leaving the former billionaire facing a lengthy prison sentence.

The swift jury decision underlines the severity of the financial misconduct attributed to Bankman-Fried, whose actions have had wide-reaching implications for the crypto industry and its investors.

‘Crypto King’ Sam Bankman-Fried guilty of FTX fraud (BBC)

Unifying Digital Identities: The Rise of the Fediverse

In a week dominated by predictable tech buzzwords such as AI and crypto, this week, we saw another slice of tech jargon hit our newsfeeds.

Welcome to the fediverse, an innovative, decentralized approach to social networking where your online presence is seamlessly unified across different platforms. Say goodbye to the confines of single-platform followings; the fediverse allows for a cohesive online identity, irrespective of the service.

It’s not just a tech utopia; it’s a burgeoning reality as services like Mastodon lead the way in this interconnected digital ecosystem. This article peels back the layers of the fediverse, examining its potential to revolutionize how we interact online and why it’s garnering attention amidst the social media upheavals of today. Will the fediverse be the answer to a more open, integrated, and user-empowered social media experience?

What is the fediverse — and how might it affect creators? (Mashable)

WeWork is Reportedly Planning to File for Bankruptcy

After facing a steep drop in its stock price, analysts believe that WeWork is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. As its valuation continues to plummet, the co-working giant’s financial turmoil represents a stark reversal from its once-lofty valuation of $47 billion. With the company’s silence adding to the speculation, the business world will watch closely as WeWork approaches a critical juncture in its corporate saga.

WeWork stock price falls to an all-time low after bankruptcy report (Fast Company)

Mint App Closing: It’s Time to Find a New Budget Service

Since mobile app stores arrived in 2008, Mint topped the best budgeting apps lists. But it’s about to bid farewell as Intuit gears up to sunset the service on January 1st, 2024, urging users to transition to Credit Karma.

With a legacy of helping users manage their finances effortlessly, Mint’s integration into Credit Karma raises questions about the future of its cherished budgeting tools. Intuit’s strategic move leaves consumers pondering whether the distinctive features that made Mint a household name for fiscal tracking will find a new home within Credit Karma’s suite of financial services.

Mint is shutting down, and it’s pushing users toward Credit Karma (TheVerge)

From Casinos to Cybersecurity: Las Vegas’ Journey to AI-Enhanced Safety Measures

Discover how Las Vegas is fortifying its digital playground against cyber threats in VentureBeat’s latest exclusive interview. Michael Sherwood, the city’s Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, shares in-depth strategies for utilizing AI and endpoint security technologies to safeguard the entertainment capital of the world. Amidst increasing ransomware attacks on municipalities, learn about Las Vegas’ proactive measures to protect its infrastructure, especially as it prepares to host high-stakes events like Formula 1 and the 2024 Super Bowl. Dive into this compelling read to understand how this neon city is becoming a secure smart city of tomorrow.

Las Vegas CIO doubles down on AI and endpoint security to protect Sin City (VentureBeat)

The Role of Power Semiconductors in Data Center Decarbonization

Data centers are vital to our digital existence, housing the immense streams of data we generate every second. Yet, as they consume vast amounts of energy, the pressing question arises: How can these digital powerhouses support global decarbonization efforts? Infineon Technologies’ Division President, Adam White, sheds light on how cutting-edge power semiconductor technologies are not just bolstering efficiency but actively reducing the carbon footprint of these data juggernauts. Dive into the transformative potential of innovations like Gallium nitride (GaN) and their role in creating an eco-friendlier yet robust digital infrastructure.

How data centers and new power semiconductor technologies can support decarbonization (WEF)

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As LinkedIn passes one billion members, it’s betting on the new AI chatbot to help users secure their next job. But will you embrace the future of job hunting with personalized, AI-generated career insights and actionable advice designed to streamline your path to professional success? Explore how LinkedIn’s AI career coach can become your strategic ally in navigating the competitive job landscape.

LinkedIn just launched a new AI job coach for Premium members (Business Insider)

The Bottom Line

In a week brimming with pivotal developments, technology again demonstrated its relentless pace and boundless potential. Artificial intelligence stepped boldly into the spotlight, shedding its cryptic shell as Collins’ Word of the Year, symbolizing not only its ubiquity but the weighty expectations of its trajectory. Meanwhile, the inaugural AI Safety Summit, despite its grand assembly and ambitious dialogue, left us pondering the tangible outcomes of such global discourse.

Disney’s Hulu acquisition boldly underlined the streaming sector’s ongoing consolidation. At the same time, the tale of Sam Bankman-Fried provided a cautionary backdrop, reminding us of the volatile interplay between innovation and regulation in the crypto domain. 

On the flip side, WeWork’s financial woes and Mint’s sunset announcement were stark reminders of the ruthless nature of tech’s lifecycle. But despite the doom and doom, Las Vegas’ cybersecurity strides and the breakthroughs in semiconductor technology for data center sustainability showcased tech’s capacity to safeguard and enhance our collective future. 

The story behind each headline reveals the profound impact of technology on the fabric of business and society. In the months ahead, we can expect this narrative of opportunities and challenges will continue to unravel. Buckle up, things are about to get very interesting.


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Neil C. Hughes

Neil is a freelance tech journalist with over two decades of IT experience. Celebrated as one of LinkedIn's Top Voices in technology and recognized by CIO Magazine and ZDNet for his influential insights, Neil has contributed to publications like INC, TNW, TechHQ, and Cybernews while also hosting the popular Tech Talks Daily Podcast.