Google has a secretive project that could reduce the need for human engineers

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, readers! Today is known as one of of the year, with people returning to their hometown bars for pre-Thanksgiving drinking and shenanigans with old friends.

Before the debauchery kicks off tonight, we still have your daily helping of tech news. Today, we’ve got the details on Elon Musk , and news on .

I’m your host, Jordan Parker Erb. Let’s get started.

BTW: 10 Things in Tech will be off tomorrow in observance of Thanksgiving. Eat well and stay safe — we’ll see you on Friday for a special edition.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during Google I/O 2016 at Shoreline Amphitheatre on May 19, 2016 in Mountain View, California. The annual Google I/O conference is runs through May 20.

1. Google has a secretive new project that teaches code to write itself. The project is part of a broader push by Google into “generative AI” — and it for the company’s future and developers who write code.

  • Generative AI, a tech that uses algorithms to create images, videos, and more, has recently become . In this case, the goal is to reduce the need for humans to write and update code, while maintaining code quality.

  • Doing so could greatly impact the work of human engineers in the future. “The idea was: how do we go from one version to the next without hiring all these software engineers?” said a person familiar with the project when it was at X, the company’s moonshot unit.

  • When it was spun up at X, the project was codenamed “Pitchfork.” It later moved into Google Labs — a transition that signaled its increased importance to leaders, with Google Labs pursuing long-term bets.

In other news:

2. Elon Musk put an end to some Twitter perks. A leaked email shows that a number of benefits are being “discontinued” at Twitter — including home WiFi, team activities, and all costs associated with “wellness.”

3. Lucid has delivered just 66% of the cars it has built this year. The EV startup delivered a staggeringly small share of its produced cars to customers — and the gap is costing it revenue at a vital moment.

4. Caroline Ellison has emerged as a viral character amid FTX’s implosion. She rose to the top job at Alameda Research, a trading firm that borrowed customer funds from FTX to cover its losses and make risky bets, while leaving behind a trail of online hot takes about crypto, race science, and polyamory.

5. Wall Street is preparing for a post-FTX world. The crypto exchange’s sudden bankruptcy has sown fresh doubt about the industry, and insiders say traditional firms will now look at crypto partnerships more skeptically. From heightened scrutiny on crypto deals to rethinking hiring plans, .

6. In a 2018 internal Tesla employee survey, employees dug into Elon Musk. In the survey, obtained by Insider, workers called Musk an “unapproachable tyrant” who fires people “because of his ego.”

7. Investors listed the most promising B2B marketplaces of the year. We asked top venture capitalists to name the consumer-facing marketplaces they think have the most potential. They responded with a list of 23 hot startups, from Worca to Boxhub.

8. A district judge proposed Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes serve her 11-year sentence in a “minimum-security” Texas prison camp, court filings show. The Federal Bureau of Prisons describes prison camps as “work- and program-oriented,” and inmates are housed in dormitories.

Odds and ends:

The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV.

9. Want to unlock your electric Mercedes’ full power? Fork over $1,200. Mercedes-Benz will offer an “acceleration increase” feature for some EVs, which would boost power output and slightly improve zero-to-60-mph times — but it’ll cost drivers an extra $1,200 per year.

10. What is Hive Social? The Twitter alternative — which is — has surged in popularity recently. Like Twitter, Hive Social lets you post messages, videos, polls, and more — but unlike Twitter, has no algorithms.

What we’re watching today:

  • Tim Burton’s new comedy horror series about .

  • A four-part documentary series about Shaq begins on HBO.

  • The European Space Agency is set to announce its new class of astronauts.

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Curated by Jordan Parker Erb in New York. (Feedback or tips? Email or tweet .) Edited by Hallam Bullock (tweet ) in London.

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