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Sam Altman’s OpenAI is a strange beast, with a Russian nesting doll structure containing a for-profit company inside a nonprofit organization.
SILICON VALLEY December 3, 2023
Reflections on the anniversary of ChatGPT: the Q star breakthrough, Altman’s ouster, A.I. red lines, and why capital is stronger than containment.
President Obama speaks with attendees at The Obama Foundation Democracy Forum on November 3, 2023 in Chicago, IL. Please credit “The Obama Foundation.” The photographs may not be manipulated in any way, and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by the Foundation, President Obama, or Mrs. Obama without the Foundation’s prior written consent.
WASHINGTON November 19, 2023
Reflections on media fragmentation in the Obama era, how Trump accelerated its breakup, and what Biden can do to find a new way forward.
As the war on the ground enters new phases and delivers new casualties, the information war also intensifies.
WASHINGTON October 29, 2023
A conversation with Noam Shuster-Eliassi, the Israeli comedian and peace activist, on living through the hell of physical war and the turbulence of social media distortion—and the complexity of grieving for both the Israelis and Palestinians.
It’s stunning how quickly every part of life now involves some digital or online interaction, and how haphazard the rollout has been.
SILICON VALLEY October 8, 2023
The digitization of our lives and livelihoods is leaving millions of Americans—particularly the elderly—on the wrong side of the digital divide. Is it possible to age-proof Silicon Valley?

SpaceX, Twitter and electric car maker Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during the Vivatech technology startups and innovation fair at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, on June 16, 2023. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP) (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)
SILICON VALLEY September 17, 2023
Musk’s interventions in Ukraine are just one example of the risks of allowing private enterprise to replace public goods. Plus, three takeaways from Apple’s latest product showcase.
The White House and others estimate the IRA will help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 41 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. That’s still 10 percent short of our pledges.
WASHINGTON September 3, 2023
One way or another, we’re paying for climate change.
If anything, what the indictments truly emphasize is that Trump was never a solo act.
WASHINGTON August 20, 2023
A fourth indictment of the former president doesn’t appear to be moving the needle on public opinion. But it is finally providing an accounting, if not accountability, of Trump’s most pernicious crimes.
For Elon’s super app to thrive in the U.S. today, it would have to wrangle meaningful market share from specialized services that consumers rely on, a devilishly difficult task.
SILICON VALLEY August 6, 2023
Elon Musk is the latest tech brainiac hoping to build a Chinese-style super app, this time on the bones of Twitter. Too bad Apple already got there first.

The threat A.I. poses to the livelihoods of Hollywood’s writers goes beyond the mere existential threat of being replaced by auto-generated text.
HOLLYWOOD July 25, 2023
There are ways that these tools can enhance storytelling, support labor, and improve the industry. But that has to be determined in collaboration—not by a handful of big tech companies dropping random, unvetted digital tools on an industry. Not again.
WASHINGTON July 9, 2023
A candid conversation with Anurima Bhargava, a top civil rights litigator and education advisor, about a Supreme Court earthquake.
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