"Ayn Rand resurrected as a Substack author" https://www.wired.com/story/plaintext-marc-andreessen-techno-billionaire-wrong-techno-optimism/
> On Blind, a pseudonymous network for discussing workplaces, current and former employees were asked to vote this week on whether X’s product was better or worse than Twitter’s was a year ago. At press time, 79.4 percent of employees said the product was worse.
This is worth $10: https://www.platformer.news/p/twitter-is-dead-and-threads-is-thriving
It's something about our broken tech industry when you try to train a 2-billion parameter model to do the job of a pocket calculator, and fail at it https://garymarcus.substack.com/p/math-is-hard-if-you-are-an-llm-and?utm_source=post-email-title&publication_id=888615&post_id=138086370&utm_campaign=email-post-title&isFreemail=true&r=9v3dd&utm_medium=email
Zoom’s CEO justifies return to office policy by arguing employees can't be as innovative or get to know each other on Zoom. 🤦🏾♂️
Many return to office policies are such a 180° turn that they seem more designed to be soft layoff mechanisms than any sort of productivity boost.
Amazon is asking people who were hired as remote workers are now being asked to come in to the office regardless of how far they live from the nearest office. So some employees have started quitting since they’d have to move homes to comply.
The one in which self-driving cars get stuck into fresh concrete, and more https://garymarcus.substack.com/p/face-it-self-driving-cars-still-havent?publication_id=888615&post_id=136221939&isFreemail=true&utm_source=pocket_mylist
More excellent coverage of the exploitative labor practices behind #ChatGPT (and the like) and their impact on workers in Kenya:
Corey Doctorow: "Mastodon is far from perfect. But I only have so many hours in the day, and only so many days left in my life. I would much rather spend those precious hours making a open service better than using a temporarily superior closed one. I have seen that movie. I know how it ends"
Made me realize "I can’t do brainstorming cause I haven’t had time to think on my own first" is a symptom of lack of psychological safety https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S92vVAEofes&ab_channel=LeadDev
You don't make a carrot-cutting machine that can handle all the random shapes carrots come in. You make a variety of carrots that grows straight, you make a soil mix that's mostly sand, and you plant using extremely regular spacing and density.
Then the problem becomes how to cut the now pretty uniform carrots and reject the "bad" ones.
Same goes for any automation: you don't make a computer "do art", you devalue the concept of art itself, you muck up the relationships between artists and everyone else. You screw up licensing and the concept of credit for work. Then, you can have computer generated imagery for a low cost API token.
Google killing the web, one “proposal” at a time https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2023/07/googles-web-integrity-api-sounds-like-drm-for-the-web/ 💩
The @music 𝕏 handle was just seized through eminent domain by X Corp. from Jeremy Vaught after he had accrued 11.4M followers over 16 years.
So much for 𝕏 being the "best place on Earth for great content creators". 🙄
Writing Rust is like buying a car that's delivered as a box of individual parts – nuts, bolts, frame components, etc.
All the parts are well-labelled and only fit correctly in exactly one way, but the labelling is done using an inscrutable system of hieroglyphics, and the limited assembly instructions are written entirely in Tamarian.
"Why had people reacted so enthusiastically and so delusionally to the chatbot, especially those experts who should know better?" https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2023/jul/25/joseph-weizenbaum-inventor-eliza-chatbot-turned-against-artificial-intelligence-ai?CMP=longread_email&utm_source=pocket_mylist an extraordinary story spanning from Nazi Germany to technology's involvement in the Vietnam War and AI winters
I remember the thankless job of synchronizing paper index cards on a wall and a digital Kanban tool. Is the digital board finally here to stay? https://medium.com/nick-tune-tech-strategy-blog/miro-for-in-person-talks-and-workshops-d21c58aa5311?utm_source=pocket_mylist
Let’s get clear on what Twitter’s rebranding to X really is: a political project from a right-wing reactionary. https://www.platformer.news/p/twitter-becomes-x
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