Tennis, Motherhood and Serena Williams: The Week in Fiction

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

When Serena Williams was given the opportunity to write an essay in Vogue’s September issue that would address how she would “evolve” from tennis, she first spoke about her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

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

As Williams prepares to leave the court, she continues to model what family planning can look like at the highest levels of the sport.

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

That’s true of even the simplest form you might find in a worm, said Colin Allen, a University of Pittsburgh professor who studies cognitive abilities in both animals and machines. “The dialogue generated by large language models does not provide evidence of the kind of sentience that even very primitive animals are likely to possess,” he said.

The problem is that the people closest to the technology – the people who explain it to the public – live with one foot in the future. They sometimes see what they think will happen, just as they see what is happening now.

“There are a lot of guys in our industry who have trouble telling the difference between science fiction and real life,” said Andrew Feldman, CEO and founder of Cerebras, a company that makes giant computer chips that can help to accelerate the advance of artificial intelligence.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes are part of the Safe Haven movement, which has long been closely associated with anti-abortion activism. Safe havens offer desperate mothers a way to anonymously give up their newborns for adoption and, proponents say, avoid harming, abandoning, or even killing them.

In the last five years, more than 12 states have passed laws allowing baby boxes or otherwise expanding safe haven options. And reproductive health and child welfare experts say the safe haven handover following the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Picking up Wade is likely to become more common.

Written and narrated by Alexandra Jacobs

The most famous television advertisement in Orwellian 1984, carefully themed after the novel named after that year, was for the Apple Macintosh desktop computer. Most notorious were those from Crazy Eddie, a chain of discount electronics stores in the New York area.

Gesturing wildly in various costumes or just a gray turtleneck and dark blazer, actor Jerry Carroll, often mistaken for the mystery Eddie, rattled off a sales pitch that ended with the vibrant, eye-eyed reassurance: “His prices are INSANE! “

persons hated Journalist Gary Weiss reminds us of these commercials in Retail Gangster, a compact and compelling account of Crazy Eddie’s hyped rise and slow collapse. But they worked — the company went public, with the unfavorable stock symbol CRZY — and also tapped into popular culture punchlines.

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

In the two decades since the NBA and its players’ union agreed to begin testing for marijuana, or cannabis, perceptions of the drug have undergone a transformation in the United States, where it has been illegal for decades. Researchers don’t fully understand its possible medical benefits or harmful effects, but it has become legal in many states, and some professional sports leagues are considering punitive measures related to its use. Many athletes say they use cannabis to manage pain.

Brittney Griner is one of them.



Times annotated articles are 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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