A peek into the topics buzzing at Cassandra

It's Friday again, so it's time to talk about the most relevant internet news of the past seven days. Culture moves fast, and we at Cassandra try to move even faster to keep up with all the issues Gen Z can't stop discussing online. This week we'll take the techy route and talk about all the different battles happening on the various fronts of technology, from AI to drones to the arrival of a new social media platform. This is a viral news edition filled with "versus." Place your bets!


The first of surely many significant legal battles questioning the limits of generative Artificial Intelligence is gaining prominence. The lawsuit in question was filed by two authors, Mona Awad (Bunny, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl) and Paul Tremblay (The Cabin at the End of the World), against OpenAI, the company behind the popular ChatGPT. The proposed class action claim is that the company profits unfairly from using stolen writing and ideas in its AI system after the plaintiffs noted how ChatGPT could provide "very accurate" summaries of their books. The complaint was filed to seek monetary damages on behalf of all US-based authors whose works were allegedly used to train the model. This is just the beginning of different industries' efforts to start regulating the limits and reach of this new technology that has taken over all online and in-person conversations.


Historically, the 4th of July has been an opportunity to celebrate patriotism and enjoy fireworks shows covering the night sky. In some major cities, the traditional yet sometimes questioned practice has been replaced by a more technological —and less contaminant— alternative: drones & light displays. This past weekend's most memorable moments came from expertly designed devices like the exterior of Las Vegas' MSG Sphere or drone displays of iconic landmarks and figures across major cities. The new alternatives to the often loud and air-polluting fireworks have become a trend many celebrate because of their low environmental impact, quieter displays —especially for people with PTSD and some sensitive pets— and overall showcase of technology and creativity.


The anticipated —alleged because lawsuit— Twitter dupe has arrived. Threads, brought to us by Meta, is a new text-based social platform that launched earlier this week and reached over 30 million users in just 16 hours. The user-friendly setup that takes users' Instagram information to create their new Threads profile proved to be simple enough for people to jump ship almost instantly. After months of changes at Twitter by its new owner, Elon Musk, many users have been looking for an alternative, and this one might be it. Threads was ready to receive them with loads of influencers, celebrities, and brands getting early (somewhat staged) access. On Wednesday, we could see many new users (and brands) testing the waters and even warning their Instagram-migrated followers that their "unhinged" Twitter/Threads personality was going to reveal a different side of them. On the creators' side, Mr. Beast became the first person to get 1 million followers, breaking one of the first Threads-based Guinness World Records. No hamburgers involved in this!