Monica Chin is a writer at The Verge covering computers. When not at work, she enjoys classical music, fitness, and spirited debate.
The results, according to creator and showrunner Charlie Booker, were “shit”. The product it spit out amounted to a mashup of previous Black Mirror synopses, Booker tells Empire, though it did help him spot some of the clichés in his previous work.
South Park actually did a ChatGPT-cowritten episode in its most recent season, FWIW. It was pretty funny, but “shit” would also be an appropriate term.
Computex 2023: all the news from Taiwan’s big PC show
For one glorious week, PC enthusiasts gathered in Taipei.
This is the ThinkBook Wireless Dock, which you’ll be able to buy later this summer. If you happen to own a Lenovo ThinkBook, you can stick it on this pad, and not only does it charge the laptop, but it connects it to up to two 4K displays as well. The panel on the left side is a universal charger for mobile devices. I tried this out at Computex 2023, and it works impressively well.
I have a very vested interest in this kind of gadget, as someone whose deskside cable management is...you know what, let’s not talk about it.
This is the Asus ROG Rapture GT-BE98 on display at Computex, and it’s the world’s first quad-band Wi-Fi 7 gaming router, boosting speeds of up to 25,000Mbps. It is also the largest and scariest-looking router I have ever seen in my life.
(Asus representatives confirmed to me that there is no technical reason it needs to look like a giant RGB spider. That was just a design choice.)
Or at least, it’s trying to. The company is working on a program called AI Artist, which it hopes to preload onto future MSI devices. You select a style (manga and realism are currently available), you select a size, and you type what you want to be drawn into a text box. Watch the wheel spin for a while, and AI Artist spits out an image.
I’m calling it now: We’re going to see more of this. It’s clear from walking around Computex 2023 that AI, and what it can do for consumers, is at the center of the conversation.
Acer has been making glasses-free 3D laptop displays for a few years now, but has apparently decided that those displays weren’t wide enough. I just tried out SpatialLabs Panoramic View, which mushes three 15-inch 3D displays together to make one giant 3D image.
Standing in the middle of this is a very cool and trippy experience (provided that you don’t move away from the center — that throws it all off). I actually flinched as a virtual boulder came barreling my way, and the entire Computex show floor laughed at me. Look, I promise you that it seemed very real at the time.