Jeffrey Dastin
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Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, speaks during WSJ Tech Live Conference in Laguna Beach, California on Oct. 17.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 23, 2023
OpenAI researchers spoke of risky discovery before CEO ouster
The previously unreported letter and AI algorithm were key developments before the board's ouster of Sam Altman.
Sam Altman participates in an event at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders week in San Francisco on Nov. 16.
Nov 20, 2023
OpenAI appoints ex-Twitch boss as CEO, while Altman joins Microsoft
The decision not to reinstate Altman as CEO has confounded efforts by investors and employees of the firm to steady the ship by bringing him back.
Japan Times
Feb 23, 2023
For tech giants, AI such as Bing and Bard poses billion-dollar search problem
Executives across the technology sector are talking about how to operate AI such as ChatGPT while accounting for the high expense.
Japan Times
Feb 8, 2023
Microsoft's Bing search engine and Edge browser to use AI in challenge to Google
The tech giant expects every percentage point of search market share gained to bring in another $2 billion in advertising revenue.
Japan Times
Feb 4, 2023
From Meta to Microsoft, AI's big moment is here
Chief executives across the sector have packed earnings calls with mentions of the tech, which until recently existed more in the background than as a solid contributor to the bottom line.
Japan Times
Jul 13, 2022
Amazon issued 13,000 disciplinary notices at single U.S. warehouse
Court records and interviews of current and former employees show the enormous pressure faced by Amazon line workers.
Japan Times
Apr 2, 2022
Big victory at Amazon gives unions promise — but no end to challenges
A vote by Amazon workers to organize their New York warehouse surprised and inspired longtime labor backers, for whom a new reality is settling in: It can be done, though it won't be easy.
Japan Times
Mar 31, 2022
Tech workers urge employers to exit Russia
Small groups of employees at Microsoft, SAP and IBM have called for management to withdraw fully from Russia in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine.
Japan Times
Mar 14, 2022
Ukraine now using Clearview AI’s facial recognition technology during war
Ukraine is receiving free access to Clearview AIu2019s powerful search engine for faces, letting authorities potentially vet people of interest at checkpoints, among other uses.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2022
Ukraine's tech diaspora races to mobilize Silicon Valley in war with Russia
Ukrainians working at Western tech companies are banding together to help their besieged homeland and are calling on firms to do more to counter Russia.
Japan Times
Dec 18, 2021
Amazon partnered with China propaganda arm to win Beijing's favor
Amazon's compliance with a Chinese government edict is part of a deeper, decadelong effort by the company to protect and grow its business in one of the world's largest marketplaces.
Japan Times
Nov 19, 2021
A look at the intimate details Amazon knows about us
The company now makes the data it collects on U.S. customers available upon request failing to defeat a measure requiring such disclosures.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 14, 2021
Amazon hikes starting pay to $18 an hour as it hires for 125,000 more logistics jobs
Most new hires will help run 100 new logistics facilities in the United States, on top of more than 250 that opened earlier this year.
Japan Times
Apr 10, 2021
Amazon's win in union fight shows harsh realities facing labor movement
Amazon's fierce resistance to unionization, skepticism among workers that organizing could get them a better deal and decisions on election parameters all contributed to the defeat.
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2018
What happens when Alexa gets too smart or too human?
Millions of users of Amazon's Echo speakers have grown accustomed to the soothing strains of Alexa, the human-sounding virtual assistant that can tell them the weather, order takeout and handle other basic tasks in response to a voice command.


Tokyo Healthcare University professor Takayuki Mifune explains how he is trying to re-create bonito broth from 1,300 years ago.
The quest to re-create what the Japanese ate 1,300 years ago