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Martin Coulter
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Last year the EU designated six companies — including Apple and Google — as "gatekeepers" under the Digital Markets Act (DMA).
BUSINESS / Tech
Mar 26, 2024
Why is the EU probing Big Tech under the Digital Markets Act?
Violations could result in fines of as much as 10% of a company's global annual turnover.
Investors been pouring money into promising AI startups, eager to uncover the next big thing after ChatGPT.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 11, 2024
AI talent war heats up in Europe
The talent war means workers are increasingly well-placed to make demands of their prospective employers.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks about Artificial Intelligence during the first day of the AI Safety Summit 2023, in London on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 2, 2023
China, U.S. and EU agree to work together on AI safety at U.K. summit
Tech companies vie for AI dominance, while governments seek regulatory leadership.
Amgen's office in South San Francisco, California
WORLD / Science & Health
Sep 25, 2023
Big Pharma bets on AI to speed up clinical trials
AI is playing a sizeable and growing role in human drug trials.
A view of a Nestle, La Laitiere product cover in a supermarket in Paris. The video of Nestle's version of Baroque artist Johannes Vermeer's oil painting The Milkmaid generated sigificant "media value" for the Swiss food giant.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 21, 2023
From 'Mad Men' to machines? Big advertisers shift to AI
Many companies remain wary of security and copyright risks, however, meaning humans will remain part of the process for the foreseeable future.
An office of OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, in San Francisco. The firm recently assured corporate partners that their data would not be used to train the chatbot further.
BUSINESS
Aug 12, 2023
ChatGPT fever spreads to U.S. workplace, sounding alarm for some
Some 28% of respondents to an online poll on artificial intelligence said they regularly use ChatGPT at work.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Apr 29, 2023
Behind EU lawmakers' challenge to rein in ChatGPT and generative AI
Interviews reveal for the first time how over just 11 days a small group of politicians hammered out legislation that could reshape the regulatory landscape for OpenAI and its competitors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Mar 30, 2023
Elon Musk and others urge AI pause, citing 'risks to society'
In an open letter with over 1000 signatories, researchers and industry leaders said a 6-month halt on advanced AI development is necessary until shared safety protocols can be put in place.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Mar 23, 2023
As AI booms, EU lawmakers wrangle over new rules
The European Commission proposed the draft rules nearly two years ago in a bid to protect citizens from the dangers of the emerging technology.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Feb 9, 2023
Alphabet shares dive after Google AI chatbot Bard flubs answer in ad
Google has been on the defensive since Microsoft-backed OpenAI's ChatGPT became a fixation of both regular consumers and Silicon Valley elite.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on