Tennis, Motherhood and Serena Williams: The Week in Narratives

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

When she had the opportunity to write an article for the September issue of Vogue, an article that would touch on how she expected to “evolve” away from tennis, Serena Williams started talking about her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

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

Williams is preparing to leave court, and in doing so, she continues to model what family planning can look like at the sport’s highest levels.

For many, the notion that today’s technology somehow behaves like the human mind is misleading. There is no evidence that this technology is conscious or conscious – two words that describe awareness of the surrounding world.

This applies to even the simplest form you might find in a worm, said Colin Allen, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh who explores cognitive skills in both animals and machines. “The dialogue generated by large linguistic models does not provide evidence of the kind of sensation that even very primitive animals are likely to have,” he said.

The problem is that the people closest to technology – the people who explain it to the audience – live one foot into the future. They sometimes see what they think will happen as much as they see what is happening now.

“There are a lot of guys in our industry struggling to tell the difference between science fiction and real life,” said Andrew Feldman, CEO and founder of Cerebras, a company that makes massive computer chips that could help accelerate the progress of artificial intelligence.

Baby Safe Haven funds are part of the Safe Harbor movement, which has long been closely associated with anti-abortion activism. Safe havens offer desperate mothers a way to anonymously hand over their newborns for adoption, advocates say, avoiding harming, abandoning or even killing them.

Over the past five years, more than a dozen states have passed laws allowing baby trusts or expanding safe haven options in other ways. And reproductive health and childcare experts say safe haven surrender is 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 TV commercial of 1984, carefully tailored to the novel that bears that year’s name, was for the Apple Macintosh desktop computer. The most famous were those of Crazy Eddie, a chain of discount electronics stores in the New York metropolitan area.

Often brandishing a variety of costumes or in a gray jacket and dark jacket, Actor Jerry Carroll was emerging from yard sales that would surely end shaky: “His prices are crazy good!”

People hated Those commercials, journalist Gary Weiss reminds us in “Retail Gangsters,” a compact and compelling account of Crazy Eddie’s artificially inflated rise and slow collapse. But they worked — the company went public, with the ill-fated stock symbol CRZY — and also made their way into the perforated streaks of popular culture.

written by Jonathan Abrams And the Tania Ganguly | Narrated by Tania Ganguly

In the two decades since the NBA and its players union agreed to begin testing marijuana, or cannabis, the drug’s perception has undergone a revamp in the United States, where it has been illegal for decades. Researchers do not fully understand its potential medical benefits or adverse effects, but it has become legal in many states, and some professional sports leagues are reconsidering punitive policies regarding its use. Many athletes say they use cannabis to manage pain.

Britney Greiner is one of them.

Articles narrated in the Times have been written by Tali Abekasis, Baren Behrouz, Anna Diamond, Sarah Diamond, Jacques Desidoro, Aaron Esposito, Dan Farrell, Elena Hecht, Adrien Hirst, Elisha Etope, Emma Quebec, Marion Lozano, Tania Perez, Krish Senevasan, Margaret H. Willison, Kate Winslet, John Woo and Tiana Young. Special thanks to Sam Dolnick, Ryan Wegner, Julia Simon and Desiree Epeque.

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