Naughty CEO with eye for kinky robots gone.
The media landscape is, currently, quaking as Surfer Magazine’s parent company, The Arena Group, has just fired its CEO Ross Levinsohn in wake of the vast artificial intelligence cheating scandal that became public not two weeks ago. Futurism published the initial report, uncovering one “Drew Ortiz” who “wrote” for other Arena Group title Sports Illustrated and “has spent much of his life outdoors, and is excited to guide you through his never-ending list of the best products to keep you from falling to the perils of nature. Nowadays, there is rarely a weekend that goes by where Drew isn’t out camping, hiking, or just back on his parents’ farm.”
Ortiz, as it turns out, was computer generated.
Surf fans were not surprised in the least, having been introduced to Surfer’s Emily Morgan right after its purchase. (Previously “purse” due AI spellcheck). She resided “in a small town nestled at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. She’s also a proud owner of a Pyrnesse-mix, her hiking partner, every time she hits a trail. Emily enjoys strong coffee, spicy food, and live music.”
Perfect for surf coverage.
In any case, the lid blew off, C-Suite executives were fired and now the biggest fish of all, CEO Ross Levinsohn, is gone.
Per statement, the company declared:
“Today, the board of directors of The Arena Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE American: AREN) met and took actions to improve the operational efficiency and revenue of the company. The board terminated the employment of CEO Ross Levinsohn, and named Manoj Bhargava as interim Chief Executive Officer, both effective today.”
Levinsohn, taking to Linkedin responded, “After 4 1/2 years, today is my last day at The Arena Group.” And “the company is positioned well for the future.”
Erik Logan-esque if Logan and said anything at all after he was scandalously disappeared.
So far, it doesn’t appear the naughty has touched Surfer directly, or at least not yet.
Possible robot Jake Howard still appears to be generating stories.
But for how long?
More as the story develops.