10 Things in Tech: Software’s final chapter, $1,000 to scroll TikTok for 10 hours, and Tesla’s first-ever ad
It's Tech Tuesday, buds. I'm Diamond Naga Siu, and I'm back home in San Diego (woah) after visiting New York. Big thanks to my brilliant colleagues Michael Cogley and Lara O'Reilly for writing the newsletter while I was out.
Although I didn't end up watching a second movie yet, I spent a bit of time testing different AI tools like ChatGPT.
My careers-connoisseur colleague Rebecca Knight has also been doing that — remember her fun story on AI creating headshots for her? Most recently, Rebecca asked ChatGPT to help polish her resume. And she documented every step of the way in her latest story here.
Before I go play with more AI tools, let's dive into today's tech.
1. Career opportunity, the one that never knocks: Job hunting is really weird right now. Economic instability. "Ghost jobs." Generative AI in the workplace. These unprecedented curveballs are making job hunting even tougher than normal.
- Plus, students and young engineers are pretty fed up with Big Tech. Fewer students are studying engineering or computer science. And recent grads no longer see Big Tech as a viable career launcher.
- My colleague Kali Hays looked into how early-career techies are searching for jobs outside the industry. One expert even told her that "it's the worst time to be a junior engineer since 2000."
- Meanwhile, Adrienne Matei writes for Insider that the job search is uniquely miserable right now. And she examines the different factors contributing to the agony.
In other news:
2. A new era — and possibly "final chapter" — for software. People and AI will likely start working together to create software. Once it's released, people and AI can work together to build tools — or even more software — within it. More on software's final form here.
3. WeWork needs some work. Its CEO just stepped down and so did its stock. WeWork's recent moves have left experts dubious about the company's future. And one of the big three credit rating agencies thinks WeWork will likely default. Check out the flailing forecast here.
4. Help wanted: $1,000 to scroll TikTok for 10 hours straight. An influencer marketing agency is searching for three people to fill the "TikTok Watching Job 2.0" role. Successful applicants would help discover "emerging new trends." Get more job details here.
5. Facebook might have sent friend requests to people you were digitally stalking. Users noticed that after they viewed profiles of people they weren't friends with, the app automatically sent them a friend request. Yikes. More on the overly friendly situation here.
6. Tesla's first-ever commercial. Elon Musk recently shared that the company would begin advertising for the first time. Shortly after the announcement, Tesla released a two-minute video called "Drive to believe." Drive over to watch it here.
7. Congratulations: Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez are reportedly engaged. The duo first went public with their relationship in 2019. More on their milestone here. Bonus: Did Jeff Bezos put a sculpture of Sanchez on the bow of his new $500 million megayacht? You be the judge.
8. The $180,000 Lucid Air "solved my EV range anxiety." It boasts 516 miles of range and charges extremely quickly. Check out the beastly battery here. Bonus: Hop in for a full review of the Lucid Air — a stunningly fast, screen-filled future of luxury cars.
Odds and ends:
9. Putin's abandoned $3.2 million fishing villa. One of his closest friends funded this leisurely oasis in Finland, per The Insider. It has an elevator, wine cellar, sauna, and other swanky features. But it now sits abandoned and unfinished. Get a full tour of the vacant villa here.
10. Scientist says he found a Bible chapter hidden for thousands of years. Using ultraviolet photography, he spotted the text hidden under multiple edits. It offers a "gateway" on how the Bible's text has evolved over time. More on the ancient discovery here.
What we're watching today:
- Google Marketing Live is today. The company will announce more AI-powered products. Meanwhile, Googlers are internally asking what happens to Google Assistant and Nest.
- Microsoft is kicking off its annual Microsoft Build conference in Seattle and online. CEO Satya Nadella and OpenAI President Greg Brockman will speak at the event.
- Elon Musk will speak at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council Summit.
- Happy birthday (and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month) Steve Lacy! "Hope you find peace for yourself."
Curated by Diamond Naga Siu in San Diego. (Feedback or tips? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @diamondnagasiu) Edited by Alistair Barr (tweet @alistairmbarr) in San Francisco and Hallam Bullock (tweet @hallam_bullock) in London.
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