OpenAI’s flagging techno-utopianianism exposes tensions between business and public benefits

OpenAI‘s efforts to build an AGI that benefits humanity have earned plenty of plaudits and press coverage, but they’ve also further exposed the limits of techno-utopianism. MIT Technology Review’s Karen Hao published a piece on the lab this week that depicts a company buckling under the weight of its grand ambition. Over three days at OpenAI‘s…

Indonesian startup Newman’s uses online medicine to tackle sensitive health issues

An Indonesian startup called Newman’s is using telemedicine to help patients get care for stigmatized health issues. Part of Y Combinator’s winter 2020 batch, the startup launched last month with prescription hair loss treatments and plans to expand into other verticals, including erectile dysfunction and smoking cessation. Newman’s was founded by Elsen Wiraatmadja, Alfred Ali…

Is your startup using AI responsibly?

Ganes Kesari is a co-founder and head of analytics at Gramener. He helps transform organizations through advisory in building data science teams and adopting insights as data stories. More posts by this contributor Since they started leveraging the technology, tech companies have received numerous accusations regarding the unethical use of artificial intelligence. One example comes…

These Small Business Owners Were Told Their Diverse Skin Tone Plasters Was “Too Niche”. Now Big Retailers Are Doing It Without Them.

A small business that tried to sell its range of diverse skin-coloured plasters to several British retailers has called out supermarket chain Tesco for launching a similar product alongside a campaign celebrating itself for being the first UK supermarket to do so.In a viral tweet written by a close friend of the entrepreneurs behind Skin…

Here’s why a photography side-hustle is more lucrative than you think

TLDR: From knowing your camera to shooting techniques and editing apps, The Side Photography Business Bundle is a one-stop introduction to becoming a freelance photographer. You already know web engineers, data scientists and project managers are making some serious bank. But you may not have realized that freelance wedding photographers are quietly pulling down some…

Los Angeles-based SureSale is developing an independent certification service for used cars

Donny Hall, the chief executive and co-founder of the used car certification service, SureSale, knows used cars. The serial entrepreneur built and sold a previous business, CarSure, which was an insurance plan for vehicle repairs. After selling that business in 2017 to Innovative Aftermarket Systems, Hall decided that his next venture would be to take…