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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.
Baratunde Thurston 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.
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.
Baratunde Thurston 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.
Tristan Harris, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Humane Technology.
Baratunde Thurston May 29, 2023
When I first heard calls for a pause on the development of advanced A.I., I was skeptical of the benefits. Now, I fear we are running out of time.
Writer, show creator, and WGA Negotiating Committee member Adam Conover shared a summary of the union’s proposals regarding limits on how artificial intelligence could be used.
Baratunde Thurston May 14, 2023
News and notes on an industry reckoning with a creative and technological revolution.

Baratunde Thurston March 19, 2023
Reflections on the new ChatGPT, “doughnut economics,” D.E.I. backlash, and what the right got wrong about Silicon Valley Bank.
OpenAI C.E.O. Sam Altman, announcing ChatGPT’s integration with Microsoft Bing.
Baratunde Thurston March 5, 2023
Billions of dollars are rushing into another high-tech hype cycle, this time around ChatGPT and other large language models. This time, it’s different.
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Baratunde Thurston December 11, 2022
The rise of ChatGPT suggests how artificial intelligence is coming for the arts.