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MIT students, faculty afraid to speak their minds on sensitive issues, report says

Earlier this month, the MIT faculty voted to adopt a statement of principles that promise broad protection for students and scholars who express controversial opinions.

Two elected officials drafted legislation to regulate artificial intelligence technology — with some help from ChatGPT

The chatbot is already helping get some work done on Beacon Hill, although it might not be too happy about the goal.

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Four things you didn’t know about crypto exec Sam Trabucco

This week the Globe published a profile on Trabucco, who now seems to be the odd man out in the FTX saga. Here’s a list of interesting tidbits that didn’t make the cut.

Amazon launches a subscription prescription drug service

Amazon said people will pay $5 a month to fill as many prescriptions as they need from a list of about 50 generic medications, which are generally cheaper versions of brand-name drugs.

Spotify latest tech name to cut jobs, axes 6 percent of workforce

Big tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google announced tens of thousands of job cuts this month as the economic boom that the industry rode during the COVID-19 pandemic waned.

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Spinal taps on infants are grueling for parents and medical teams. This startup may have a solution.

Providence-based SmolTap has a new device, almost like a cradle or seat, that positions and holds the infant in place during a lumbar puncture.

Sam Trabucco, a Roxbury Latin and MIT grad, got rich trading crypto. Now he’s the odd man out in the FTX saga.

Trabucco got out soon before Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto empire imploded in November, in a saga that’s led to bankruptcy proceedings and criminal charges.

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After Brian Walshe, should Google warn police of an impending murder?

In theory, a search engine like Google might flag potentially scary search terms, just as social media companies like Facebook and Twitter flag threats of violence. But in practice, this just isn’t done.