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The Teetering Tech Office

Meta and Twitter are shedding square footage, while Amazon and Google aren’t giving up the dream. Tech was going to save commercial real estate. At least it seemed that way, briefly, in 2020: Apple took […]

The Rise of the AI Engineer

Emergent capabilities are creating an emerging title: to wield them, we’ll have to go beyond the Prompt Engineer and write *software*. We are observing a once in a generation “shift right” of applied AI, fueled […]

The Reddit Blackout Is Breaking Reddit

When the user revolt ends — if it ever does — Reddit’s community won’t ever be the same. Reddit’s decision to charge for access to its API risks putting the company in a death spiral […]

Your Job is (Probably) Safe from AI

AI may change the world in ways that today are impossible to imagine. But this is not quite the same thing as turning the economy upside down. In the 1960s Robert Fogel published work about […]

AI Anxiety

Some workers report starting to feel anxious about their futures and whether the skills they have will be relevant to the labour market in years to come. In March, Goldman Sachs published a report showing […]

The Managerialist Takeover of General Motors

Michele Zanini muses on Bob Lutz’s excellent book, “Car Guys vs. Bean Counters.” Up until the early 1960s, General Motors’ design and engineering prowess dominated the industry. The most talented designers aspired to work in […]

On-Boarding Your AI Intern

There’s a somewhat weird alien who wants to work for free for you. You should probably get started. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of our current AI moment is that several billion people […]

Workers Using ChatGPT to Work Multiple Jobs

OpenAI’s buzzy artificial-intelligence tool ChatGPT is reportedly helping people hold down multiple jobs while keeping employers in the dark. Vice’s Motherboard interviewed several workers about how they were using ChatGPT in their daily work lives. […]

The Theology of the Leadership Pipeline

What business books discuss—leadership, governance, and culture—is the bread and butter of theology, both Biblical and natural. There is no way to understand the world without appealing to these terms. Even an atheistic worldview takes […]

What Ails Google and How It Can Turn Things Around

Can Google achieve a “soft-landing” — i.e. gradually transform and become a powerhouse again while continuing to grow steadily? I joined Google just before the pandemic when the company I had co-founded, AppSheet, was acquired […]

The Tao of Alibaba

In “The Tao of Alibaba”, Brian A. Wong explores the philosophy behind the retail giant and its effects on China’s decades-long economic transformation. The visionary thinker R. Buckminster Fuller articulated a philosophical, almost spiritual faith […]

The Human Behind The Curtain

Behind the AI chatbots and delivery robots are human workers, hidden from sight, keeping everything running. Since ChatGPT took the world by storm last fall, people have been in a frenzy debating the impact artificial […]

Tech CEOs Screwed Up

Given the human and business downsides of layoffs, a CEO’s top priority should be to avoid them at all costs. Some companies have managed to do just that. Apple has managed to cut costs without […]

Extremely Hardcore

Twitter’s staff spent years trying to protect the platform against impulsive ranting billionaires — then one made himself the CEO. In April 2022, Elon Musk acquired a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter, making him the […]

The $2 Per Hour Workers Who Made ChatGPT Safer

OpenAI Used Kenyan Workers on Less Than $2 Per Hour to Make ChatGPT Less Toxic. ChatGPT was hailed as one of 2022’s most impressive technological innovations upon its release last November. The powerful artificial intelligence […]

Office Shock

COVID-19, with all its tragic consequences, also created an opportunity to ask this basic question: why do we work in offices at all? In their book, Office Shock: Creating Better Futures for Working and Living, […]