Earlier this week, David Kenny, IBM Senior Vice President for Watson and Cloud, told the US Congress that Americans have nothing to fear from artificial intelligence, and that the prospects of technological unemployment and the rise of an “AI overlord” are pernicious myths. The remarks were as self-serving as they…
AT&T will purchase Time Warner for over $80 billion, the Wall Street Journal reports Saturday afternoon. “According to people familiar with the plans,” the two companies will likely announce this as soon as Saturday night. AT&T will reportedly pay between $105 and $110 a share for Time Warner. According to another…
Everyone from Chipotle to the Food Babe rails against genetically modified ingredients, and laws to label GMO foods are making progress in some states. But the laser focus on GMOs is misguided, because most of the concerns people raise about them aren’t really about GMOs.
A recent analysis of nearly 320 internal sugar industry documents from 1959 to 1971 shows how the industry sought to influence the setting of U.S. research priorities during that time. Disturbingly, it's a strategy that continues to this very day.
Tim Wu is a busy man. When he’s not teaching law at Columbia or writing for The New Yorker, he’s testifying before Congress about the FCC proposed net neutrality. And as of last month, Wu is running for lieutenant governor of New York State. Busy might not be the right term, actually. Tim Wu is brimming with purpose.
The most popular brands in America are not always the largest companies making the most revenue. Brands that you know, stores that you go to and places that you associate with some states get replaced by faceless monoliths who basically repurpose oil, energy, technology, other people's money, etc. into more money.
Dutch photographer Jacqueline Hassink has been inside some of the most important and cloistered rooms in the world. But these aren't science labs or political offices—they're the opulent boardrooms of Europe's largest companies, which Hassink photographed as part of a project called The Table of Power.
Ever heard of Goldman Sachs Structured Products Limited? How about GS Holdings L.L.C. II.? No? Both are nodes on a web of more than 4,000 holding companies, woven by the Goldman Sachs Group to evade taxes on its—let's see here—$8.61 billion in profits for Q2. It's an incredibly complex operation, and thanks to this…
When you close your eyes and think of California, what famous brand comes to mind? Is it Apple? Facebook? Google? Or some movie studio? What about Texas? New York? Florida? These are the most famous brands of each state. The Corporate States of America, if you will.
Yesterday I argued that HP's board would be rash to fire embattled CEO Léo Apotheker at this point in the game, since surely they knew what they were getting when they hired him. Oops! Joke's on me. Most of them had never even met him.
Our modern era doesn't just celebrate stories about gods and demi-gods — we have a whole host of new mythic figures that we obsess about, from Luke Skywalker to Superman to Captain Kirk. But who owns these legends?
Remember that torrent yesterday that contained the personal information off of 100 million scraped Facebook profiles? I thought it was strange that the guy didn't sell this information, since many companies would be interested. Turns out they are interested.
DivX Inc, the company that owns the codec which made your early 2000s movie downloads look actually not too bad, is being acquired by Sonic Solutions, a content delivery company, for a reported $300 million. Sonic's been working in circular media like CDs and DVDs for years—they own the popular Roxio brand—but is now…
With new Steve Jobs emails surfacing everyday, someone thought to send Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein a personal note. His chipper response is not necessarily what you'd expect from somebody who's been watching his company fall apart before his eyes.
This concept keyboard plays on our love of, or at least interest in, marketing by replacing all the letters with logos of corporations whose name begins with said letter. I seriously just spend five minutes picking them all out.
A lawsuit aims to take back ownership over your genome from the corporations that claim the building-blocks of life as their property. But is it already too late?
A recent voluntary survey of 28 US companies found a single lost laptop to cost an average of $49,246. (And no, these laptops did not cost $50k in hardware alone.)
Click to viewWALL*E, Pixar’s tale of a future Earth destroyed by corporate greed, seems prescient now in a world of bank bailouts, undulating stock markets, and a global credit crisis. The end of the world could come from an alien invasion or a natural disaster, but it could also come from the companies we interact…