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Morning Buzz: From OpenAI's Sam Altman on regulating AI, to air fares, impact of TCS's back-to-office mandate, and more

Here are the top business headlines this morning, to get your day started

Samar Srivastava
Published: Jun 8, 2023 09:47:05 AM IST
Updated: Jun 8, 2023 10:05:11 AM IST

Sam Altman, chief executive officer of OpenAI
Photo credits: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesSam Altman, chief executive officer of OpenAI Photo credits: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Regulate less to allow AI to flourish

In a conversation with the Economic Times, Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, has called for smaller companies to be regulated less in order for AI to flourish. At the same time, he is cognisant of the dangers of the technology and said that large companies could be regulated. India has truly embraced ChatGPT and he said that on account of any new technology, it is inevitable that job changes take place. He refused to speculate on when GPT 5 could be launched and sees cheap energy as important to improving the quality of life worldwide.   

(Economic Times)


FMCG brands use AI to spot consumer trends

From launching onion-based hair oil to a Korean-flavoured mealpot, consumer companies are increasingly using AI to pick up on customer preferences. This is done through mining search terms as well as picking up on unstructured data like social media chatter. Once picked up, companies work on prototypes through 3D printing and eventually launch the products in small batches. Scale-up is based on customer acceptance. 

(Hindu Business Line)


India is where China was some years back: Nykaa Beauty CEO

Aspirational growth and consumption trends in India are where China was some years back, according to Anchit Nayar, CEO, Nykaa Beauty. He pointed out to the multi-decadal growth story looking promising with competitors like Reliance Retail-backed Tira and Tata Cliq Palette entering the fray. Nykaa has several direct-to-consumer brands that push entry-level packs as well as tie-ups with brands like Estee Lauder. The size of India’s beauty and personal care market is expected to reach Rs2.2 lakh crore by 2025.  

(Economic Times)

Maximum air fares fall after government intervention

Maximum air fares have fallen by 14 to 61 percent after the government advised airlines to keep them in check. The aviation ministry, while maintaining that pricing is market-determined, has asked airlines to “self-monitor”. The increase in air fares was most in sectors where GoFirst was the only operator or had a significant presence. Some routes affected are Delhi-Leh, Delhi-Srinagar and Delhi-Pune. 

(Indian Express, Business Standard)

PFRDA looks to roll out assured returns plan

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) is looking at plans that provide a minimum assured return, according to its chairman Deepak Mohanty. The plans would come with a higher premium on account of the higher risk for the provider as well as higher capital requirements. He refused to speculate on the timeline for launch as well as declined to comment on the committee constituted to look into the demand for the restoration of the old pension scheme for government employees.

(Times of India, Economic Times, Indian Express)


Back-to-office mandate takes a toll on women employees at TCS

India’s largest software services company TCS has seen more attrition by female employees in the year ended March 2023 as they struggled with work-from-office mandates. The company’s chief human resources officer noted this in the annual report and termed it “unusual”. Women comprised 38.1 percent of the hiring in FY23 and make up 35.7 percent of TCS’s workforce. The company insists that employees will need to get back to office as the pandemic has abated.