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Hard Numbers: A soured stock sale, a European agreement, copyright complaints, and a secretive summit

$86 billion: Sam Altman’s ouster from OpenAI calls into question an employee stock sale that would have valued the company at $86 billion. The sale was supposed to close as early as next month, according to The Information. With Altman’s departure and the expected mass exodus of OpenAI staff, possibly to Microsoft, expect that valuation to take a serious hit — if the stock sale happens at all. Microsoft stocks, meanwhile, reached a record-high close on Monday.

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Art courtesy of Midjourney

Fair use or foul play? The legal tug-of-war over AI-created works

Art: The artistic rendering of the scales of justice amid a cyber-like background was created courtesy of Midjourney.


If 2023 was the year we were surprised by the entrance of “artificial intelligence” into our lexicon, 2024 will be the year we begin to live with AI in earnest. The technology will move from a singular buzzy app in the cultural zeitgeist — think ChatGPT — to a force that undergirds much of the software we already use. Yet even as the technology blends into everyday products and services, society at large will need to wrestle with several fundamental shifts resulting from an increasingly automated world — redefining the nature of knowledge work and how we interact with creative output.

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