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An A.I. Explosion & D.E.I. Blowback

When Sam Altman’s OpenAI launched ChatGPT, it quickly became the leading brand for artificial intelligence. Is that singular reign is about to come to an end?
When Sam Altman’s OpenAI launched ChatGPT, it quickly became the leading brand for artificial intelligence. Is that singular reign is about to end? Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Baratunde Thurston
January 1, 2024

Last year was, in a word, wild. We experienced the hottest climate ever, with smoke from Canadian wildfires pouring across the U.S. border. It was a hot labor summer, too, as workers went on strike from Hollywood to Detroit. We witnessed the brutal Hamas attack, the overwhelming Israeli response, and the ripple effects from Washington to our own workplaces. It was a year of severe anti-abortion movement crackdowns—and a powerful backlash. We read Donald Trump’s name on courtroom dockets across the country, and tried not to read his terrifying, authoritarian rants on Truth Social. We saw an explosion of A.I. and the attempted implosion of D.E.I.