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Mike Isaac
For Mike Isaac's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Split over the leadership of Sam Altman, board members and executives at OpenAI turned on one another. Their brawl exposed the cracks at the heart of the artificial intelligence movement.
BUSINESS / Tech
Dec 11, 2023
Inside OpenAI’s crisis over the future of artificial intelligence
From the moment it was created in 2015, OpenAI was primed to combust.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 12, 2022
Twitter grapples with an Elon Musk problem
Musk, Twitter's largest shareholder and one of its highest-profile users, could very well use the social media platform against itself and even buy enough shares to take over the company.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 6, 2022
Elon Musk joins Twitter’s board, pitching ideas big and small
The move has implications for a social network where world leaders, lawmakers, celebrities and more than 217 million users conduct their daily public discourse.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Sep 12, 2021
Smart glasses made Google look dumb. Now Facebook is giving them a try.
The company has teamed up with Ray-Ban to create glasses that can take photos, record video, answer phone calls and play podcasts.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 11, 2021
Facebook said to be building a product to compete with Clubhouse
Facebook has a history of breaking into new technologies and chasing different mediums that have attracted users, especially if those audiences are young.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 11, 2020
‘It’s hard to prove’: Why antitrust suits against Facebook face hurdles
Any company breakup may face the skepticism of courts, which have been hesitant about undoing mergers because that can sometimes cause more harm to consumers than good.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 5, 2020
Social media companies survived U.S. Election Day. More tests loom.
For months, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube prepared to clamp down on misinformation on Election Day in the U.S.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 16, 2020
Twitter changes course on New York Post article after Republicans claim ‘election interference’
On Thursday, simmering discontent among Republicans over the power that Facebook and Twitter wield over public discourse erupted into open acrimony.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 8, 2020
Facebook widens ban on political ads as alarm rises over election
The company now plans to prohibit all political and issue-based advertising after the polls close on Nov. 3 for an undetermined length of time.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Sep 4, 2020
Facebook moves to limit U.S. election chaos in November
Facebook also widened its removal of posts that both explicitly and implicitly aim to disenfranchise people from voting.

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Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?