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Regional theme parks are having a renaissance

Regional theme parks are having a renaissance

If you ever begged your parents for a trip to Disneyland but instead found yourself shooting out of a waterslide two hours from home, then you’ve probably visited a regional theme park. And much to the dismay of Disney-loving kids everywhere, they’re becoming increasingly common as consumers look to travel more and pay less, per The Wall…

Mcdonald’s fires its AI drive-thru cashiers

Mcdonald’s fires its AI drive-thru cashiers

AI drive-thrus are getting sent to the same dingy dungeon where Ronald McDonald has been confined for the past few years. McDonald’s will ax the AI voice ordering system it’s been testing at over 100 drive-thru locations through a partnership with IBM established in 2021, Restaurant Business reported. The decision could be related to some AI-powered incompetence:…

Surgeon general: Social media needs cig-like warning

Surgeon general: Social media needs cig-like warning

The top health official in the US is urging Congress to pass legislation that would stamp social media apps with a surgeon general’s warning “stating that social media is associated with significant mental health harms for adolescents,” he wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times yesterday. Upping the pressure: Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy’s push for…

AI is coming for your online freelance jobs

AI is coming for your online freelance jobs

Here’s something depressing: AI may be replacing jobs typically done by certain freelancers. In 2023, academic ghostwriters in Kenya — i.e., people who write US and UK students’ essays for them — said they’d seen demand plummet as students began having ChatGPT do it for free. That led to a report from Harvard Business School, the Imperial College Business…