Tennis, maternity and Serena Williams: the week in commented articles

This weekend, listen to a collection of narrated articles from The New York Times, read aloud by the journalists who wrote them.

When given the opportunity to write an essay in the September issue of Vogue, an essay on how she expected to “evolve” away from tennis, Serena Williams began by talking about her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Her daughter, whom she calls Olympia, wants a little sister. And Williams? She and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, would like that too.

Williams is preparing to walk off the field, and in doing so, she continues to show what family planning can look like at the highest level of sport.

For many, the idea that today’s technology somehow behaves like the human brain is a red herring. There is no evidence that this technology is sentient or aware – two words that describe an awareness of the surrounding world.

That goes for even the simplest shape you might find in a worm, said Colin Allen, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh who explores cognitive skills in animals and machines. “The dialogue generated by large language models does not provide evidence of the kind of sensitivity that even very primitive animals probably possess,” he said.

The problem is that the people closest to the technology – those who explain it to the public – live with one foot in the future. They sometimes see what they believe is happening as much as they see what is happening now.

“There are a lot of dudes in our industry who struggle to tell the difference between science fiction and real life,” said Andrew Feldman, CEO and founder of Cerebras, a company that builds massive computer chips that can help accelerate advances in artificial intelligence.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes are part of the Safe Haven movement, which has long been closely linked to anti-abortion activism. Shelters offer desperate mothers a way to anonymously put their newborns up for adoption and, advocates say, avoid hurting, abandoning or even killing them.

In the past five years, more than 12 states have passed laws allowing baby boxes or expanding shelter options in other ways. And reproductive health and child welfare experts say refuge surrenders are likely to become more common after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Written and narrated by Alexandra Jacobs

The most famous television advertisement of the Orwellian year of 1984, carefully inspired by the novel named for that year, was for the Apple Macintosh desktop computer. The most infamous were those of Crazy Eddie, a chain of discount electronics stores in the New York metropolitan area.

Gesturing wildly in a variety of suits or simply in a gray turtleneck and dark blazer, actor Jerry Carroll, often mistaken for the mysterious Eddie, rattled off a sales pitch ending in vibrant bug-eyed assurance: “His prices are CRAZY!”

People hated those commercials, journalist Gary Weiss reminds us of in “Retail Gangster,” a compact and engaging account of Crazy Eddie’s artificially inflated rise and slow-motion collapse. But they worked — the company went public, with the inauspicious ticker symbol CRZY — and also worked their way into the punchlines of popular culture.

Written by Jonathan Abrams and Tania Ganguli | Narrated by Tania Ganguli

In the two decades since the NBA and its players’ union agreed to start testing marijuana, or cannabis, the perception of the drug has undergone a makeover in the United States, where it is illegal. for decades. Researchers do not fully understand its possible medical benefits or harmful effects, but it has become legal in many states, and some professional sports leagues are reconsidering punitive policies regarding its use. Many athletes report using cannabis to manage pain.

Brittney Griner is one of them.

The Times narrated articles are written by Tally Abecassis, Parin Behrooz, Anna Diamond, Sarah Diamond, Jack D’Isidoro, Aaron Esposito, Dan Farrell, Elena Hecht, Adrienne Hurst, Elisheba Ittoop, Emma Kehlbeck, Marion Lozano, Tanya Pérez, Krish Seenivasan, Margaret H. Willison, Kate Winslett, John Woo, and Tiana Young. Special thanks to Sam Dolnick, Ryan Wegner, Julia Simon and Desiree Ibekwe.

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