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AI regulation, social media alternatives, ear buds, and pinball wizards

Columnist Dwight Silverman discusses the latest in consumer technology.


A ‘Rescue 911’-themed pinball machine.


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On the fourth Monday of every month, we talk consumer tech with Houston Chronicle columnist Dwight Silverman.

In the audio above, he and Houston Matters host Craig Cohen discuss some continued developments in the realm of artificial intelligence, including Google’s efforts to catch up on it, and calls from the industry to see it regulated. They also talk about two new ear buds on the market.

In the social media world, there are a bunch of platform alternatives to Twitter, including Jack Dorsey’s Bluesky, which Silverman just recently joined. The state of Montana has banned TikTok, though it is unclear how that ban will be enforced.

And Silverman tells us about his recent foray into Houston’s pinball subculture and how pinball machines have become much more technologically advanced in recent years.

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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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