Engadget Podcast: LensaAI selfies and ChatGPT dominated our socials this week

Plus, a check in with our resident action cameras and drones expert.


This week, many of us saw our social media feeds taken over by colorful, surreal pictures of people we follow, except they don’t quite look like themselves. The images were generated by Lensa AI, and it’s the latest in what feels like a now-annual trend to use a new app to create mockups of your face in various scenarios. Alongside Lensa, some folks also saw blocks of text from another AI generator, ChatGPT. So on this episode of the podcast, Devindra and Cherlynn chat the appeal, implications and possible future of these types of AI, before being joined by Engadget editor-at-large James Trew for a check in on the state of action cameras.

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  • Lensa AI "magic avatars" and ChatGPT – 1:27

  • What’s the state of the GoPro-style action camera in 2022? – 23:47

  • iPhone users can now share digital car keys with Pixel owners – 43:02

  • iOS 16.2 includes time limits on AirDrop receiving – 47:44

  • Carl Pei said Nothing wants to come to the US – 53:40

  • Working on – 1:08:02

  • Picks – 1:10:51


Hosts: Cherlynn Low and Devindra Hardawar
Producer: Ben Ellman
Music: Dale North and Terrence O'Brien
Livestream producers: Julio Barrientos
Graphic artists: Luke Brooks and Brian Oh

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