The coming year is expected to include an explosion in new AI technologies.
An internal Amazon memo has provided a stark look at the company’s carefully laid out plans to grow its influence in Southern California through a plethora of efforts that include burnishing its reputation through charity work and pushing back against “labor agitation” from the Teamsters and other groups. The eight-page document — titled “community engagement plan” for 2024 — provides a rare glimpse into how one of American’s biggest companies executes on its public relations objectives and attempts to curtail reputational harm stemming from criticisms of its business. It also illustrates how Amazon aims to methodically court local politicians and community groups in order to push its interests in a region where it could be hampered by local moratoriums on warehouse development, and it is facing resistance from environmental and labor activists.
At this point, you've perhaps finished the bulk of your holiday shopping and are done raiding your savings account to buy your loved one the electronics and apparel they've been jonesing for. The good news is that Amazon has a host of fun items you can find at reasonable prices. Scratch paper makes a great token gift for kids of all ages; it's coated so that when you scratch the coating off, you reveal color underneath.