Showing posts with label 2024. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2024. Show all posts

Monday, June 24, 2024

24: Trump

What the Arrival of A.I. Phones and Computers Means for Our Data Apple, Microsoft and Google need more access to our data as they promote new phones and personal computers that are powered by artificial intelligence. Should we trust them? ......... In this new paradigm, your Windows computer will take a screenshot of everything you do every few seconds. An iPhone will stitch together information across many apps you use. And an Android phone can listen to a call in real time to alert you to a scam. ....... the companies and their devices need more persistent, intimate access to our data than before ........ A.I. needs an overview to connect the dots between what we do across apps, websites and communications ......... this new type of computing interface — one that is constantly studying what you are doing to offer assistance — will become indispensable. ........... Because A.I. can automate complex actions — like scrubbing unwanted objects from a photo — it sometimes requires more computational power than our phones can handle. That means more of our personal data may have to leave our phones to be dealt with elsewhere. ........... But for tasks that have to be pushed to servers, Apple said, it has developed safeguards, including scrambling the data through encryption and immediately deleting it. ........ began rolling out Windows computers called Copilot+ PC, which start at $1,000....... The PCs can generate images and rewrite documents, among other new A.I.-powered features. ......... Microsoft compares Recall to having a photographic memory built into your PC.

I Know What America’s Leading C.E.O.s Really Think of Donald Trump Mr. Trump continues to suffer from the lowest level of corporate support in the history of the Republican Party......... the top corporate leaders working today, like many Americans, aren’t entirely comfortable with either Mr. Trump or President Biden. But they largely like — or at least can tolerate — one of them. They truly fear the other. ........ Not a single Fortune 100 chief executive has donated to the candidate so far this year, which indicates a major break from overwhelming business and executive support for Republican presidential candidates dating back over a century, to the days of Taft and stretching through Coolidge and the Bushes, all of whom had dozens of major company heads donating to their campaigns. ......... Several chief executives resented Mr. Trump’s personal attacks on businesses through divide-and-conquer tactics, meddling and pitting competitors against each other publicly. Scores of them rushed to distance themselves from Mr. Trump’s more provocative stances, resigning en masse from his business advisory councils in 2017 after he equated antiracism activists with white supremacists. Dozens of them openly called for Mr. Trump’s impeachment in 2021 after the Jan. 6 insurrection. ........ the successful transformation of the United States into the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer. ......... The MAGA die-hard voices that have Mr. Trump’s ear often have more in common with the far left than with the traditional Republican Party. Mr. Trump and his team are doubling down on some of his most anti-business instincts, including proposing draconian 10 percent tariffs on all imports; unorthodox monetary and fiscal policies, including stripping the Federal Reserve Board of its independence; possibly putting in place yield curve control to force interest rates lower; and devaluing the dollar — all of which would drive inflation much higher. These Trump positions have more in common with Karl Marx than Adam Smith. ............. Chief executives are not protectionist, isolationist or xenophobic, and they believe in investing where there is the rule of law, not the law of rulers. .......... That there are more Fortune 100 chief executives based in the smallest state in the nation, Rhode Island — and there’s exactly one Fortune 100 chief executive who is based there — than currently support Mr. Trump tells you how truly isolated the Republican presidential candidate is from the halls of big business.

The Tiresome Mr. Timberlake Some part of me wants to believe that if the ultimate Teflon-coated rich white dude is no longer so able to charm his way out of trouble, a larger cultural sea change might be underway......... Canceled white guys rarely stay canceled. ......... The corporations that adopted D.E.I. initiatives with such fanfare a few short years ago are retrenching, consolidating or doing away with their diversity departments altogether. Republican lawmakers are eagerly banning D.E.I. in higher education. In publishing, many of the Black editors hired with such fanfare in the past few years have lost their jobs, while Black authors continue to account for fewer than 10 percent of novels published by major conglomerates each year. Meanwhile, Roe v. Wade is two years in the rearview mirror, and Donald Trump, whose Supreme Court picks ensured its demise, is leading in the polls. ......... This past January, at a New York City concert, he announced that he apologized to “absolutely” — and here he interjected an expletive — “nobody.”

For Biden and Trump, a Debate Rematch With Even Greater Risks and Rewards The matchup on Thursday will be the earliest presidential debate in American history, and any potential missteps could linger for weeks or months. ........ a divided and angry nation. ......... Mr. Trump is now a felon, convicted of 34 counts by a New York jury. And Mr. Biden has become an unpopular president, facing deep opposition not only from Republicans but among his party’s base. ....... Both men are widely disliked by broad swaths of the nation and locked in a tight race, though Mr. Trump had been largely narrowly ahead in national polls earlier this year. ...... high prices and a tight housing market. ....... higher inflation, American entanglement in two new foreign wars and a surge in border crossings since he left office. .......... “You can tune out the news, but you can’t tune out not being able to afford groceries,” Mr. Ciscomani said. “From the border to inflation, people feel like they’re worse off today than they were three, four years ago.”

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Prashant Kishor: 2024

From Pawar to Gandhis: How to read Prashant Kishor's meetings Prashant Kishor has met leaders such as veteran NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and the powerful siblings Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The buzz is that

Prashant Kishor could be looking for a formula to defeat the BJP in 2024 polls

....... Prashant Kishor met Rahul Gandhi at his residence in New Delhi on Tuesday setting off the buzz in the political circles. The meeting was attended by Congress general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi, KC Venugopal and Harish Rawat. Though Prashant Kishor refused to divulge any meaning information saying it was just a “courtesy meeting” and that nothing more should be read into it. But that courtesy call lasted about four hours. ........ Sources said Prashant Kishor gave a detailed presentation to the Gandhis of his plan, in which Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal leader Naveen Patnaik emerged as a key figure. ......... Prashant Kishor is to play a big role in reviving the Congress party to prop it up as a real challenger to the BJP in 2024 Lok Sabha election. ....... a day after that meeting, Sharad Pawar hosted a meeting of the leaders from eight Opposition parties. Those invited included leaders from the Trinamool Congress, the Samajwadi Party, the Aam Aadmi Party, the Rashtriya Lok Dal and the Left Front. They met at Sharad Pawar’s residence in Delhi. ....... Prashant Kishor’s Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) has begun collecting data for the Punjab poll campaign for next year’s assembly election. Prashant Kishor was recently appointed as the principal advisor by Captain Amarinder Singh. ........

With Mamata Banerjee taking the TMC to a bigger than the past electoral victories in West Bengal elections, Prashant Kishor saw his reputation surge to a new level.

......... Prashant Kishor emerged on the national scene as a poll strategist in 2014, when he was hailed as the man who built the Narendra Modi wave.