James Farrell

James Farrell is the former editor-in-chief of Chiang Mai CityNews, where he wrote and managed daily news, features, op-eds and blogs on a diverse range of topics. Prior to this, in the same city of Northern Thailand where he lives, he was the longstanding deputy editor of the monthly magazine Citylife. He has written on culture, politics, travel, tech, business, human rights, for local, national, and international news services and magazines. He has a keen interest in the role technology is playing in the transformation of society, culture and politics, especially in developing nations. This is reflected in his not-so-successful first novel.

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Amazon’s first labor union partners with the Teamsters

Members of the Amazon Labor Union, the one and only unionized Amazon warehouse, have voted to join forces with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Workers at Amazon.com Inc.’s JFK8 fulfillment center in Staten Island voted to unionize in 2022, becoming the first and still the only Amazon warehouse to make such a decision. At the ...

US Surgeon General thinks social media should come with tobacco-style warning labels

One of the United States’ most senior health officials, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, today said in an op-ed for the New York Times social media platforms should have warning labels regarding the potential mental health harms they could create in the young. “The mental health crisis among young people is an emergency – and ...

Former NSA Director Paul Nakasone joins OpenAI board

Paul M. Nakasone, a retired general of the U.S. Army and a former director of the National Security Agency, NSA, has just been added to OpenAI’s board of directors, it was reported today. Nakasone stepped down as NSA director earlier this year after becoming head under the Trump administration. He also served as leader of ...

Waymo issues another recall after driverless taxi crash

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo LLC is reportedly pulling in its robotaxis for software updates after one of its vehicles hit a telephone pole last month. The incident happened in Phoenix, Arizona, when the  Jaguar I-Pace EV driverless car was on its way to pick up a passenger. It hit the pole at just 8 mph, causing ...

Elon Musk drops lawsuit that claimed OpenAI abandoned its founding mission

Elon Musk, Tesla Inc.’s chief executive and co-founder of OpenAI, today dropped his lawsuit against OpenAI CEO Sam Altman that had accused the company of a breach of contract for abandoning its founding mission of creating artificial general intelligence to benefit humanity. Musk filed the lawsuit in a San Francisco court in February. He claimed ...

Meta faces backlash in Europe over training AI with Facebook and Instagram data

Noyb, the European Center for Digital Rights, today filed complaints in 11 European countries to prevent Meta Platforms Inc. from going ahead with its plan to train its artificial intelligence products on personal posts and images taken from the Facebook and Instagram accounts of its European user base. Meta will use public and nonpublic posts, ...

Major cyberattack causes chaos at London’s NHS hospitals 

The former head of British cybersecurity said today that Russian hackers are believed to be behind a major ransomware attack that disrupted work at London hospitals and led to the cancellation of operations. The incident, labeled “critical,” affected seven hospitals run by the National Health Service Trust after Synnovis, a provider of lab services, was ...

X updates policies to allow some sexually explicit content and AI-generated porn

Elon Musk’s X Corp. may have rattled a few people today when it updated its policies to formally allow various kinds of sexually explicit content on the platform, including AI-generated prurience. X, which was formerly Twitter Inc., has always been home to NSFW, or “not safe for work” content, although the company has never been ...

OpenAI tightens its grip on news media with Vox Media and Atlantic partnerships

If you can’t beat them, join them: That might be the right sentiment in light of today’s news that OpenAI has just signed licensing deals with two of the U.S.’s biggest media companies, Vox Media Inc. and The Atlantic. Vox is the parent company of a number of popular media outlets, including the tech website ...

Elon Musk and Meta’s AI maestro Yann LeCun almost come to blows online

Meta Platforms Inc. AI Chief Scientist Yann LeCun spent some time on the X platform over Memorial Day weekend dueling with its owner, the billionaire and devoted contrarian Elon Musk. The spat was centered around Musk’s (pictured) $24 billion venture, xAI, his generative artificial intelligence startup that he hopes will get ahead of the likes ...