The Surgeon General’s Social Media Warning and A.I.’s Existential Risks

US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said social media poses a “significant risk of harm” to young people. Why do some in the tech industry disagree with this?

Next, AI researcher Ajeya Kotra discusses how AI could lead to apocalyptic scenarios.

Plus: pass the hat. Kevin and Casey play a game called HatGPT.

The “Hard Fork” is hosted by Kevin Ruth and Casey Newton, produced by Davis Rand and Rachel Cohn. This show is edited by Jen Poyant.Engineering by Alyssa Moxley, original music by Dan Powell, Elisheva Itup, Marion Lozano, Sophia Lamman, Rowan Niemist. Fact-checking by Caitlin Love.

Special thanks to Paula Szuchman, Pui-Wing Tam, Nell Gallogly, Kate LoPresti, and Jeffrey Miranda.

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