🌎 Charging alliance

Plus: Who is afraid of AI?

 In an aerial view, Tesla cars recharge at a Tesla charger station on February 15, 2023 in Corte Madera, California. Electric car company Tesla is partnering with the U.S. federal government to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the United States. Tesla announced plans to open an estimated 7,500 of its Tesla Superchargers in the country to all brands of electric vehicles by the end of 2024.
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Seven global automakers joined forces to create an EV charging network in North America. The move will reduce their dependency on Tesla’s network.

New rules in the US require a more prompt disclosure of cyber attacks. The Securities and Exchange Commission will give companies four days to report a hack from the moment the breach is confirmed.


The Federal Reserve is no longer predicting a US recession. The inflation-fighting central bank hiked its key interest rate a further 25 basis points, but chair Jerome Powell said his staff doesn’t expect an economic downturn.

UK billionaire Joe Lewis pleaded not guilty to insider trading. US authorities accused the 86-year-old tycoon of giving out nonpublic financial tips to people close to him over the course of several years. 


TikTok is launching an e-commerce business. The controversial social media platform is gearing up to challenge the likes of Shein and Temu for American consumers.

Who is afraid of AI?

Well, one could argue, the makers of Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning, Part 1 and Oppenheimer. But what about the people whose jobs could feasibly be replaced by artificial intelligence?

A new study shows that the more exposed an industry is to AI, the lower the percentage of workers who think the technology will hurt their jobs. In fact, many of those workers see AI as becoming more of a help. Quartz’s Michelle Cheng looks at the data.

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Graphic: Michelle Cheng

Should AI fear AI?

Concerns that ChatGPT could be used to cheat and plagiarize have hounded OpenAI since it released the tool last year. Its tentative solution: another AI tool that acts as an AI detector.


Now, that AI classifier tool has been quietly removed due to AI’s other problem—lack of accuracy.

26%: Share of AI-written texts that OpenAI’s classifier tool correctly identified, a number OpenAI reported upon launch of the tool in January


97.6% ↘️ 2.4%: Decline of ChatGPT’s accuracy levels when solving math problems, since the release of ChatGPT-3.5 and ChatGPT-4, according to one study

9.7%: Drop in traffic on the ChatGPT site between May and June of this year, its first decline since launch


How to identify your managing influencers

📕 A new book by Bill Schaninger, Bryan Hancock, and Emily Field called Power to the Middle: Why Managers Hold the Keys to the Future of Workexcerpted here in Quartz at Work—lauds an organizational role that often goes underlooked. The authors argue that companies should heavily invest in influential, high-value middle managers, what they call the “critical few.”


But how do you determine who fits that description? An AI classifier tool won’t help. You need to ask your employees a simple question.

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Writers feared Xerox would bring down the entire industry. The quotes about copying technology are reminiscent of today’s AI concerns (see above).


Strength training lowers blood pressure better than cardio. If only the Xeroxphobic publishing industry had known!

Name the city that was the most visited globally in 2022 but also rated the world’s unfriendliest. Hint: Japanese travelers who go there are at risk of being (literally) painfully disappointed.


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