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Sam Bankman-Fried tries to explain himself

Sam Bankman-Fried tries to explain himself

Skip to main contentThe fallen crypto CEO on what went wrong, why he did what he did, and what lies he told along the way.Finding the best ways to do good.Last night, Sam Bankman-Fried DMed me on Twitter.That was surprising. I’d spoken to Bankman-Fried via Zoom earlier in the summer when I was working on a profile of him, so I reached out to him via DM on November 13, after news broke that his cryptocurrency exchange had collapsed, with billions in customer deposits apparently gone. I didn’t expect him to respond — typically, people under investigation by both the Securities and Exchange...

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The future of AI is being shaped right now. How should policymakers respond?

The future of AI is being shaped right now. How should policymakers respond?

The US government is contemplating how to shape AI policy. Competition with China looms large.Finding the best ways to do good.For a long time, artificial intelligence seemed like one of those inventions that would always be 50 years away. The scientists who developed the first computers in the 1950s speculated about the possibility of machines with greater-than-human capacities. But enthusiasm didn’t necessarily translate into a commercially viable product, let alone a superintelligent one.And for a while — in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s — it seemed like such speculation would remain just...

April 8, 2021
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Impossible Foods’ plant-based meat just got closer to the price of regular meat

Impossible Foods’ plant-based meat just got closer to the price of regular meat

The 20 percent price cut is part of a strategy to take plant-based meat mainstream.Finding the best ways to do good.In the past few years, meatless meat products have . But the meatless meat market is still only about 1 percent of the meat market. One of the biggest reasons: Plant-based meat products are considerably more expensive.There are signs, though, that that’s changing. Impossible Foods products on grocery store shelves should get about 20 percent cheaper in upcoming weeks, the company announced Tuesday morning. The company will suggest to retailers that prices drop to $5.49 (from...

February 2, 2021
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Tofurky is suing Louisiana for the right to label its veggie burgers “veggie burgers”

Tofurky is suing Louisiana for the right to label its veggie burgers “veggie burgers”

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×Consumers are not actually confused about whether veggie burgers are made out of beef, Tofurky argues.Finding the best ways to do good.As of October 1, a new law in Louisiana bans...

October 8, 2020
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Photos of Trump’s reckless activities, ranked by their Covid-19 risk

Photos of Trump’s reckless activities, ranked by their Covid-19 risk

Since news broke that President Donald Trump, several of his staffers, and three Republican senators have , people have been poring over pictures and video of Trump at various events, marveling at the lack of precautions.But which Trump moment was the worst offender for coronavirus exposure? The massive Rose Garden ceremony announcing his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court? The debate at the Cleveland Clinic where his family members and aides refused to abide by mask-wearing guidelines? The limo ride outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to wave at his...

October 9, 2020
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Tofurky is suing Louisiana for the right to label its veggie burgers "veggie burgers"

Tofurky is suing Louisiana for the right to label its veggie burgers "veggie burgers"

Consumers are not actually confused about whether veggie burgers are made out of beef, Tofurky argues.Finding the best ways to do good.As of October 1, a new law in Louisiana bans grocery stores from calling veggie burgers “veggie burgers,” as well as many similar product labels like “plant-based sausages” or “seitan-based vegan bacon.”The justification? That consumers might get confused about whether veggie burgers are made of beef. It’s the latest of a series of attempts by meat companies to ban their plant-based competitors from grocery store shelves — and many legal experts say it’s...

October 8, 2020
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A new study from Rwanda is the latest evidence for just giving people money

A new study from Rwanda is the latest evidence for just giving people money

USAID compared a job training program to handing out cash. Cash looks better.Finding the best ways to do good.In the last decade, organizations working to improve the lives of people in poor countries have increasingly embraced to determine whether the interventions work. When it comes to helping the world’s poor, plenty of interventions — such as work training programs and distributions of free food or medication — have been found to have more impact compared with doing nothing at all.But is “better than doing nothing at all” the right place to set the bar? “Off the back of RCTs...

September 15, 2020
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A new study finds that giving kids deworming treatment still benefits them 20 years later

A new study finds that giving kids deworming treatment still benefits them 20 years later

Kids who were treated for intestinal worms in 1999 earn far more now than kids who weren’t.Finding the best ways to do good.In 1998 and 1999, public health workers in Kenya set out to treat children in Kenyan schools for common intestinal parasites, including hookworm, roundworm, whipworm, and schistosomiasis. The parasites, prevalent in poor areas, were affecting kids’ nutrition and health. The hope was that mass treatment programs might mean a generation of kids could grow up without negative effects from worm infestations.In the years since, deworming campaigns have become a favorite...

August 6, 2020
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Young people have a stake in our future. Let them vote.

Young people have a stake in our future. Let them vote.

Finding the best ways to do good.Around the world, almost every country bars people under 18 from voting. The reasons vary — they , they they yet, they tend , they . Yet the rule persists, even though , even in the face of a generation of passionate, smart, and informed , and even as it becomes obvious that our current political system is failing our children.In the last year, there’ve been encouraging signs that we might rethink this. Democratic candidate Andrew Yang argued for a voting age of 16, and a bill proposing a voting age of 16 in March 2019 with a majority of Democratic...

September 11, 2019
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It’s 2020. Where are our self-driving cars?

It’s 2020. Where are our self-driving cars?

Finding the best ways to do good.When it comes to self-driving cars, the future was supposed to be now.In 2020, you’ll be a “permanent backseat driver,” the Guardian . “10 million self-driving cars will be on the road by 2020,” blared a Business Insider headline from . Those declarations were accompanied by announcements from , , , and that they’d be making self-driving cars by 2020. Elon Musk forecast that — and then, when that failed, by 2020.But the year is here — and the self-driving cars aren’t.Despite extraordinary efforts from many of the leading names in tech and in automaking,...

February 14, 2020
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