Category: Links of Interest

  • The Deflection of Real Harms in Favour of Future Fake Ones

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    The AI industry has proven itself incredibly adept at deflecting interest from real harms to hypothetical ones, like the “risk” that the spicy autocomplete will become conscious and take over the world in order to convert us all to paperclips – Hypothetical AI election disinformation risks vs real AI harms In Number Go Up ,…

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  • Automattic WordPress.com and AI

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    I first saw the news from 404media that Automattic was going to start selling user content to AI companies looking for data. As with most media companies, 404 failed to make the distinction between Automattic/WordPress.com and WordPress.org the open source software. Then I read this post about protecting user choice from Automattic which is big…

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  • Wisecrack on Productivity

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    Excellent video summarizing Puritan Work Ethic and the economic system that pushes us to always optimize our lives and feel bad if we don’t. Also see Manufacturing Happy Citizens for more on these ideas.

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  • One Big Text File Sure Sounds like OrgMode

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    Reading through Ellane’s look at One Big Text File it seems to me that most of her issues could be solved with OrgMode. You can resurface notes on a set schedule with the Agenda feature. Events are simply headings with dates, and tasks get TODO added to the front of a heading. OrgMode is easy…

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  • macOS and 27″ 4k Screens

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    Matt’s quick tangent on 4k screens is right up my alley. Rewind a few years to when the Studio Display released and there was a very frustrating conversation at the time about what “real Mac users” demand from a display. There were countless podcasts and blog posts about how a 4K 27″ monitor may be…

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  • Apple is Speed Running Turning into a Trash Company

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    I’m sure someone reading this is going to say Apple has been trash for a while. I get it, you don’t like Apple, but I did up until last year. Today I read that Apple is putting another nail in their own coffin as they handicap progressive web apps (PWA) in the EU. The more…

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  • I Want to Talk About Things I Like

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    From Matt: I think one of the unexpected downsides of social media over the past couple decades is how much they have become dunk machines. Yeah, positive stuff can get some traction as well, but if you want to really get people buzzing and boost those engagement numbers, you’re way better off dunking like crazy…

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  • Why Is the One Thing Always a $2k Course?

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    Greg has a good post on productivity culture. The fact that people believe there is a hack to everything is really the issue. Everyone wants a quick, easy fix. 5 minute abs, diet pills, a stupid morning routine — whatever it is you are trying to achieve, all these ‘hacks’ are a waste of time.…

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  • Cory Doctrow – The Lies of AI

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    While Matt was right about the current AI stock crash, there are also many epic lies being told about AI. From Cruise using 1.5 highly trained technicians per “autonomous” vehicle, to Musk trotting out a robot…or actually a guy in a robot suit, lots of what Big Tech is pushing is all hype and little…

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  • Birchtree with a balanced view of AI stock tanking

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    Like Matt says, yesterday I got a bit of a smile on my face as I dreamed of the AI hype machine dying so quickly after it started as I watched stocks tumble. No I didn’t read the articles that were linked to, I just looked at “stock goes down” and thought “AI = failing”.…

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