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Quote: Naomi Klein on AI delusions
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Because we do not live in the Star Trek-inspired rational, humanist world that Altman seems to be hallucinating. We live under capitalism, and under that system, the effects of flooding the market with technologies that can plausibly perform the economic tasks of countless working people is not that those people are suddenly free to become philosophers and artists.
Quote: Ted Chiang on the risks of A.I.
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Ted Chiang has penned an insightful column on trends in A.I. and it’s dangers as an accelerant for the worst elements of late-stage capitalism. His comparison to McKinsey— whose role in corporate policies has been destructive to the middle class —is especially apt.
Quote: Erin Kissane on product design
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Erin Kissane has written an insightful post on Bluesky’s closed beta, and more importantly the response from the Mastodon community. In particular, the passage below had me violently nodding in agreement.
Quote: Monte Cook on Designer Anxiety
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A great post from Monte Cook on anxiety for first-time designers. Remember that product that gamers love that includes A, B, and C? A lot of designers will look at that, put A, B, and C in their own product, and then figure they’re done.
Quote: Simon Willison on LLMs
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I’m personally skeptical that LLMs provide enough benefit to outweigh their potential harm, and so I deeply appreciate those who are attempting to make them work without relying on pixie dust.
Quote: Gizmodo's Scoop on New WotC License
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The new version of the license is “over 9,000 words long”, and, well, it sounds pretty bad.
Quote: Washington Post on the Black Contractor Who Took Down Richmond's Confederate Statues
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This is a great profile from the Washington Post on Devon Henry, the contractor who took on the city of Richmond’s contract to remove their confederate statues, and the challenges he faced along the way.
Quoting Chuck Wendig on defending your time for work
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Some great advice from Chuck Wendig to start your new year. As a writer, everyone wants a piece of you. They treat the act of writing as an unserious endeavor, failing to see it as the result of the three corners of art, craft and work.


Vijith Assar on Security Risks from Billionaires
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Writing for Wired, Vijith Assar raises some excellent points on how bad actors with capital are the most dangerous threat to any system. Capital can kill code. Capital can kill anything.
Kris Nóva on Scalable Systems
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I am a firm believer that no system is ever “designed” for the consequences of high adoption. This is especially true with regard to Mastodon, as most of our team has never operated a production Mastodon instance before.
Quoting Nilay Patel: Welcome to Hell, Elon
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The whole article is 🔥 and well worth a read, but this part of the conclusion hits the crux of Musk’s new dillema. The essential truth of every social network is that the product is content moderation, and everyone hates the people who decide how content moderation works.
Quote from Laurie Penny
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Draw me your map of utopia and I’ll tell you your tragic flaw. — Laurie Penny, Ship of Fools This is the opening line from Laurie Penny’s piece on a cryptocurrency-centered cruise.
John Darnielle on Aging
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I’m over fifty. Being over fifty is miraculous. You get just a broader view on your previous iterations of yourself, and they all look like miserable failures. But I’m told that the next errand is to have pity on them.


Wisdom from Molly Conway
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You don’t have to monetize your joy. — Molly Conway, The Modern Trap of Feeling Obligated to Turn Hobbies Into Hustles


NY Review of Books: A Universe of One's Own
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[Joanna] Russ had no patience for a genre predicated on the notion of speculative technologies but unable to imagine social institutions and women’s roles in them as freely. She would surely have objected to some of the stories in The Future Is Female.
Warren Ellis on making mistakes
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Warren Ellis’ commencement speech to University of Essex at Southend is a delight to read. I particularly loved this bit. Making mistakes happens when you’re trying something new. It’s how you know you’re bending the envelope.
Jacinda Ardern's inspiring response to the Christchurch shooting
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This is a hell of a speech from New Zealand’s PM on the Christchurch shooting. We cannot know your grief, but we can walk with you at every stage. We can.
Xia Jia on time
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I gave a lecture on time travel where, using the “butterfly effect,” I explained that we cannot predict the weather or one’s trajectory in life accurately. Every second in our past matters equally.


Warren Ellis and professional OpSec
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Warren Ellis on limiting your availability for both productivity and OpSec: When you reply to this, it doesn’t go to my main email. It goes to a public-facing email account that I have to manually go to.


Merlin Mann on a better media diet
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Politics, celebrity gossip, business headlines, tech punditry, odd news, and user-generated content. These are the chew toys that have made me sad and tired and cynical. — Merlin Mann, Better