🌎 Strong Arm tactics

Plus: What to think about inflation.

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Arm set prices for its IPO. The British, SoftBank-owned chip designer that supplies the likes of Nvidia and Apple priced its shares at $51 ahead of trading, which begins today.

The US Senate is demanding details about Saudi Arabia’s golf deal. A Senate subcommittee subpoenaed the US subsidiary of the Saudi Public Investment Fund to learn more about its LIV golf league’s takeover of the PGA.


Microsoft, Google, and OpenAI are getting questioned about their AI “data labelers.” US senate hearings continue in Washington, DC—yesterday’s meeting centered on the conditions surrounding the workers who label training data and rate chatbot responses to make sure that AI systems are safe and reliable (more on this week’s hearings below).

Google is being questioned by the US government for other reasons, too. As part of its landmark antitrust case against the tech giant, the US Department of Justice talked to a former employee who negotiated default search engine deals.


What to think about inflation

Deep breath, Americans. The Consumer Price Index (CPI, to you, probably) rose by 0.6% from July to August. And then, even scarier sounding, it rose 3.7% from August 2022 to August 2023.

When this happens, you’re always going to see headlines about how inflation has increased. But the 12-month average of the overall CPI measure doesn’t tell the whole story.

Nate DiCamillo gives us some much-needed context about why the numbers look the way they do, and why we can relax a little about the future, starting with these points:

⛽ Fuel prices went up a whopping 10.6% in the last month, and they’re set to go higher


🏘️ Rent inflation is continuing to cool, though

🚘 Used car prices are coming down too, although, to be fair, not nearly fast enough for anyone’s liking


Got a license for that AI?

“You can’t drive a car until you get a license. You can’t make the model or the application available until you pass through that gate.” Microsoft president Brad Smith at a US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Sept. 12


US lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and leaders in the tech industry all seem to be in agreement that there needs to be some sort of guardrails on developing AI. A solution could be found in licensing. Quartz’s Michelle Cheng has been tuning in to a series of Senate hearings this week as lawmakers grapple with how to regulate the fast-moving technology powering OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard.

A quick look at who’s wrecking the planet!

A new report by research and advocacy group Oil Change International identified 20 countries responsible for nearly 90% of new oil and gas extraction projects between 2023 and 2050.


At the top of this list of “planet wreckers,” as OCI calls them, are the following five usual suspects, but Clarisa Diaz has charted the full 20, which contains some surprises. If the planet wreckers are allowed to continue in this vein, says the report, holding global temperature rise to 1.5°C would be impossible.

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Graphic: Clarisa Diaz

Stopping new oil and gas would not be enough, according to the authors. Governments need to go further by closing down already producing fields.

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