Simon Hunt

Simon Hunt is technology correspondent at the Evening Standard

A crackdown on AI energy consumption would be a mistake

AI has an energy problem: it consumes an awful lot of it. Firms like ChatGPT creator OpenAI demand eye-watering levels of energy to develop their models. Training Chat GPT-3 used as much as 120 American homes over the course of a year, according to one study, while the training of GPT-4 used many multiples more. The

Firing Sam Altman has thrown the AI race back open

Until this week, OpenAI seemed like an unstoppable force. In the space of little more than a year, the San Francisco-based organisation was transformed from a research unit on the fringes of the tech industry to the world’s number one dominant AI business.  Every newspaper on the planet seems to have covered the rapid rise

WhatsApp is right to be angry about the UK’s encryption mess

The world’s biggest tech firms have lined up to lambast the latest incarnation of the Online Safety Bill and Investigatory Powers Act. Many, including Apple and Meta, are threatening to withdraw products and services from the UK if the proposed rules become law. The Home Office could become the ‘de facto global arbiter of what level of

Why Threads is failing to win over Twitter users

When Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta released Threads earlier this month, it looked to be the biggest threat to Twitter in the app’s 17-year history. Over 100 million people signed up within days, a lightning-fast adoption rate that made ChatGPT’s four-week timescale to hit the same milestone seem sluggish. But that threat now appears to be rapidly

How Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse gamble backfired

Less than two years ago, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg bet the house on the metaverse. Zuckerberg believed that his virtual reality world was the future. Now, with the rapid progress of Artificial Intelligence (AI), he appears to have made a calamitous mistake. The metaverse isn’t yet dead – but it’s future looks far from rosy.

Is Elon Musk a genius or a dud?

When he bought Twitter in October last year, Elon Musk set out a bold vision for the bird app. The billionaire said his acquisition was ‘an accelerant’ towards building ‘X, the everything app,’ emulating the functionality of China’s WeChat, with which users can transfer money, play video games, shop online and more. But so far, beyond

The EU must tread carefully in its AI crackdown

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has surged in popularity in recent months. ChatGPT alone has swelled to more than 100 million users in a matter of weeks, capturing the imagination of the world for whom the technology had previously been consigned to the realm of science fiction. Scores of companies, from software businesses to manufacturers, are racing