Engadget Podcast: 'Tetris' creator chats about the 'Tetris' movie

And we talk about that messy AI development letter.


With the Tetris movie hitting Apple TV+ this week, we chat with the game’s creator, Alexey Pajitnov, and Henk Rogers, the man who helped bring it out of the Soviet Union. We discuss just how realistic the film is (it definitely takes plenty of liberties), the impact of Tetris on gaming and where it could be headed in the future. Also, Cherlynn and Devindra dive into the recent letter from the Future of Life Institute, which was signed by Elon Musk and other tech leaders, and called for a pause on AI development beyond GPT4. It turns out that wasn’t entirely altruistic.

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  • Interview with Tetris designer Alexey Pajitnov and Tetris publisher Henk Rogers – 1:17

  • The open letter asking for a 6-month pause of AI development is more suspicious than you think – 16:57

  • Do the proposed U.S. DATA and RESTRICT acts reach too far in trying to ban TikTok? – 26:48

  • Pres. Biden bans the use of commercial spyware – 36:20

  • Microsoft is focused on security, AI and a light processor friendly version in Windows 12 – 39:11

  • Google unveils AI planning tool to help beat extreme heat due to climate change – 43:21

  • Apple’s WWDC dates announced: June 5 to 9 – 45:12

  • Working on – 57:39

  • Pop culture picks – 1:02:16


Hosts: Cherlynn Low and Devindra Hardawar
Guests (Audio): Alexey Pajitnov and Henk Rogers
Producer: Ben Ellman
Music: Dale North and Terrence O'Brien
Livestream producers: Julio Barrientos
Graphic artists: Luke Brooks

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