AI Resale and TikTok STEM
Zaya Wade covers Dazed; UTA signs TikTok ‘it girl’ Alix Earle; Gen Z Rep. Maxwell Frost calls out Biden for breaking climate promises; and this year’s St. Patrick’s Day is sobering up, “due to a higher demand for sober revelry.”
BIDEN ADMINISTRATION DEMANDS TIKTOK’S CHINESE OWNERS SPIN OFF THEIR SHARE OR FACE US BAN, cnn
The apparent ultimatum by a US multiagency panel known as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) marks a possible turning point in the long-running negotiations between federal officials concerned about TikTok’s links to China and a wildly popular social media company with more than 100 million US users.
TIKTOK IS ADDING A THIRD FEED JUST FOR SCIENCE AND MATH VIDEOS, theverge
This is…unexpected? The STEM feed will live next to the two existing feeds, Following and For You, and will surface content for users looking specifically for trending science and technology videos. Common Sense Networks will vet content to make sure it’s appropriate for the feed, and Poynter “will assess the reliability of the information presented.”
MANY GEN ZERS DON’T BELIEVE THEY NEED A COLLEGE DEGREE FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER, fortune (w/o paywall)
According to a global study of more than 7,000 Gen Z workers conducted by job platform Fiverr, 40% think college degrees aren't necessary — I believe they’re right! — and 70% said they consider freelancing to be just as viable a career option as a traditional nine-to-five.
GEN Z COUPLES ARE SHACKING UP AT RECORD RATES, Bloomberg (w/o paywall)
More than 11% of Americans aged 18 to 24 lived with a romantic partner who was not a spouse last year — the highest percentage ever according to Census Bureau data. That’s about 3.2 million people total, and roughly 650,000 more than before the pandemic.
IF CHATGPT WRITES YOUR COVER LETTER, IS IT CHEATING? SOME BOSSES THINK SO., wsj
Employers aren’t always disqualifying applicants who use ChatGPT, but they are scrambling to figure out how to assess candidates who may be using the tool to give them an edge.
Earlier this year, Christina Qi, the chief executive of market data company Databento, noticed almost every job application included exactly what she was looking for. The company prompts candidates to write a tweet and a press release about microwave towers, a niche topic that requires research, Ms. Qi said. Normally, most candidates fail the test. This time all five passed.
CAN AI MAKE SECONDHAND LUXURY SHOPPING EASIER?, voguebusiness
Resale shopping requires digging. Often, a lot of digging. Some shoppers — Gen Z especially — embrace it; for others, the time-intensive hunt is a big barrier to entry. Startups like Shoptrue — whose chief fashion officer is Brandon Holley, previously Lucky’s EIC — and Sociate are hoping to fix the problem with AI. The latter just developed a new generative, multimodal AI chatbot named Maia who can offer curated suggestions based on trend and event searches, responding more effectively to shoppers’ queries.
One last thought:
Just took the quiz on Shoptrue and it was weird (it provided “plus” as a style descriptor alongside words like “beachy” and “edgy,” which is an odd approach IMO), and the results were just awful, not my taste at all. So they have a lotta work to do.