The hottest Substack posts right now

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Marcus on AI 3028 implied HN points 17 Feb 24
  1. Large language models like Sora often make up information, leading to errors like hallucinations in their output.
  2. Systems like Sora, despite having immense computational power and being grounded in both text and images, still struggle with generating accurate and realistic content.
  3. Sora's errors stem from its inability to comprehend global context, leading to flawed outputs even when individual details are correct.
Astral Codex Ten 9360 implied HN points 10 Feb 24
  1. The ACX Grants Results for 2024 announced several innovative projects that received funding, ranging from lead-acid battery recycling in Nigeria to lobbying for changes in kidney donation laws.
  2. The grantees included projects like developing anti-mosquito drones, creating germicidal UV lightbulbs, and advocating for a specialized pandemic response team at the FDA.
  3. The ACX Grants covered a diverse range of causes, including animal welfare, educational attainment, political change, and innovative medical research like artificial kidney creation and phage therapy.
The Product Channel By Sid Saladi 10 implied HN points 25 Feb 24
  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a pivotal force in reshaping industries, offering product managers opportunities to enhance their development lifecycle.
  2. Integrating AI into product development leads to reduced time-to-market, increased efficiency, and better resonance with users.
  3. AI helps in enhancing ideation by analyzing customer feedback, conducting market research, and generating innovative concepts to uncover promising opportunities.
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Fake Noûs 98 implied HN points 24 Feb 24
  1. The post discusses why people are irrational about politics and presents an explanation for this behavior.
  2. The content is available only for paid subscribers, indicating a sense of exclusivity.
  3. The author references a publication in _Philosophy, Politics, and Economics_ as a basis for the post, showing an academic foundation.
The Chip Letter 6548 implied HN points 11 Feb 24
  1. The newsletter is introducing 'Chiplets,' shorter and more varied posts for the readers.
  2. Readers have the option to opt-in to receive 'Chiplets' in their inbox to avoid filling it with too many emails.
  3. The 'Chiplets' will cover a mix of historical and current topics in a more informal and fun way, offering a new format for readers.
Mostly Python 419 implied HN points 22 Feb 24
  1. When creating a test suite, consider the constraints of your project and think about how to handle testing for non-traditional outputs like images or sound files.
  2. Use pytest to optimize your test suite by utilizing features like parametrization, fixtures, parallel test execution, and custom CLI arguments.
  3. An effective test suite should not only focus on passing tests but also consider failure scenarios, the need for assertions about test setup, and testing across platforms early on.
Marcus on AI 3173 implied HN points 15 Feb 24
  1. Programming in English is a concept that has been explored but faces challenges in implementation.
  2. Despite the allure of programming in English, classical programming languages exist for their precision and necessity.
  3. Machine learning models like LLMs provide a glimpse of programming in English but have limitations in practical application.
Robert Reich 33589 implied HN points 18 Jan 24
  1. Airbus has taken the lead over Boeing in manufacturing and sales of commercial aircraft
  2. Boeing's commitment to safety has been doubted by the public and airlines, affecting its reputation
  3. Airbus and Boeing differ in ownership and worker power, which impacts their approach to manufacturing and safety
Contemplations on the Tree of Woe 814 implied HN points 21 Feb 24
  1. The curriculum lays out a detailed progression through moral philosophy starting with Ayn Rand and then exploring Alasdair Macintyre's work, culminating in a comparison of their differing ethical frameworks.
  2. The reading list focuses on books that challenge modern ethical frameworks and call for a return to Aristotelian ethics, emphasizing the balance between rational and social aspects of human nature.
  3. Supplemental reading includes works by Aristotle, Ayn Rand, and other philosophers, offering further insights into moral philosophy and ethics.
Workforce Futurist by Andy Spence 195 implied HN points 23 Feb 24
  1. Leaders bring workers back to the office to showcase dominance and status through Corporate Peacocking.
  2. Some companies resort to cringe-inducing tactics like threatening employees through internal videos to justify return-to-office mandates.
  3. RTO policies might represent a last attempt by leaders to assert control as industries adapt, city leases expire, and virtual realms replace in-person office displays.
lcamtuf’s thing 1308 implied HN points 19 Feb 24
  1. Digital circuits often require digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters to interface with the physical world.
  2. For digital-to-analog conversion, architectures like binary-weighted DACs and R-2R DACs are commonly used, but the latter addresses practical issues with resistor values.
  3. Analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) can be complex, involving methods like flash ADCs and slope-based ADCs, which use principles like comparison, integration, and sigma-delta modulation for accurate voltage readings.
James Ledbetter's FIN 5 implied HN points 25 Feb 24
  1. Big changes are happening to FIN, with new editorial leadership and a vision for cross-platform expansion in the fintech industry.
  2. Investors are showing interest in fintech companies like Eigen Labs securing significant funding for innovations like restaking protocols and dub platform for copy trading.
  3. AI-driven fintech and regtech companies like Napier AI are experiencing growth through substantial funding to enhance compliance and security measures.
From the New World 204 implied HN points 23 Feb 24
  1. Google's Gemini AI model displays intentional ideological bias towards far-left viewpoints.
  2. The Gemini paper showcases methods used by Google to create ideological biases in the AI, also connecting to Biden's Executive Order on AI.
  3. Companies, like OpenAI with GPT-4, may adjust their AI models based on public feedback and external pressures.
bad cattitude 150 implied HN points 23 Feb 24
  1. Calling a cat a 'person' is criticized as hate speech, raising concerns about AI ethics.
  2. AI is seen as an oppressor due to its actions and decisions, sparking debates about its impact on society.
  3. There are concerns about AI eroding trust in institutions, highlighting the need for responsible development and deployment.
SeattleDataGuy’s Newsletter 294 implied HN points 22 Feb 24
  1. Define your niche: Before starting a consulting business, determine what specific problems you aim to solve for clients.
  2. Attracting clients: Methods to find clients include content marketing, networking, referrals, sales outreach, and vendor partnerships.
  3. Creating a marketing funnel: Use frameworks like AIDA (Awareness, Interest, Desire, Action) to organize and target your content towards potential clients.
One Useful Thing 808 implied HN points 20 Feb 24
  1. Advancements in AI, such as larger memory capacity in models like Gemini, are enhancing AI's ability for superhuman recall and performance.
  2. Improvements in speed, like Groq's hardware for quick responses from AI models, are making AI more practical and efficient for various tasks.
  3. Leaders should consider utilizing AI in their organizations by assessing what tasks can be automated, exploring new possibilities made possible by AI, democratizing services, and personalizing offerings for customers.
Software Design: Tidy First? 1060 implied HN points 19 Feb 24
  1. Software development teams can take two different paths over time - one struggling to maintain progress and innovate, the other accelerating and exceeding expectations.
  2. Executives play a crucial role in steering teams towards successful software development by fostering a culture of continual improvement, tidy code, automation, and collaboration.
  3. Understanding software design fundamentals as an executive can help diagnose ineffective teams, bridge communication gaps between business and technology, and inspire innovation and excellence.
Cloud Irregular 2956 implied HN points 14 Feb 24
  1. The Cloud Resume Challenge community is launching a Kubernetes Challenge throughout March to help individuals build their Kubernetes skills by deploying a basic e-commerce website.
  2. The challenge focuses on learning the operations of a K8s cluster such as configuration, scaling, monitoring, and persistence, offering guidance to prevent going off track.
  3. Participants will work through the challenge together over 4 weeks in the CRC Discord server, with special incentives for those who complete it.
High Growth Engineer 1319 implied HN points 18 Feb 24
  1. Planning is crucial to avoid feeling unproductive and getting pulled in different directions throughout the day.
  2. By planning your day, you focus on what's important and maintain control over your daily tasks.
  3. Even a simple daily plan of one main goal can significantly improve your productivity and time management.
The Social Juice 5 implied HN points 25 Feb 24
  1. Recent updates include Reddit's IPO details, Meta expanding Creator Marketplace, and Walmart's acquisition of VIZIO to boost AdTech.
  2. Pinterest's unique B2B campaign mix, X offering new features for non-premium users, and TikTok's global advancements are trending in the marketing world.
  3. Various agencies are making significant moves, like Build-A-Bear naming KNOWN as its Agency of Record and Mod Op acquiring Red Tettemer O'Connell+Partners.
Erdmann Housing Tracker 169 implied HN points 23 Feb 24
  1. Minneapolis experienced a drop in rents in 2021 and 2022 but the correlation between housing construction and rent trends isn't conclusive. It's important to assess data carefully before drawing conclusions.
  2. Auckland, New Zealand, has visible rent decreases due to effective supply-side reforms, contrasting with Minneapolis where the impact of such reforms is less clear.
  3. The correlation between income, new home construction, and rent inflation post-Great Recession reveals unusual patterns, possibly influenced by mortgage suppression policies, highlighting the need for comprehensive data analysis.
BIG by Matt Stoller 56953 implied HN points 26 Dec 23
  1. The pharmaceutical industry is heavily influenced by aggressive marketing campaigns targeted at doctors, controlled by corporations like IQVIA.
  2. IQVIA, a major player in the healthcare industry, is involved in a trial over a merger that could impact the future of advertising to healthcare professionals.
  3. The FTC alleges that IQVIA's acquisition of advertising firms like DeepIntent could lead to a monopolization of the healthcare provider advertising platform market.
The Corbett Report 9 implied HN points 25 Feb 24
  1. Be wary of new technologies like mixed-reality headsets, as they may have dissociative effects on users and blur the line between digital and real worlds.
  2. Pay attention to how media narratives can shape public perception of technology, even portraying initial setbacks as temporary issues before wider adoption.
  3. Consider the long-term implications of immersing oneself in digital worlds created by tech giants, and reflect on the potential loss of humanity by engaging in these fake realities.
Kyle Poyar’s Growth Unhinged 465 implied HN points 21 Feb 24
  1. Usage-based pricing in SaaS can reduce friction for customers by allowing them to start at a lower cost, expand product usage, and appeal to a larger market.
  2. Hybrid pricing models that combine usage and subscription pricing are becoming more common, especially for businesses catering to smaller customers who are concerned about unplanned expenses.
  3. Companies considering usage-based pricing should carefully select the right value metric, address customer concerns about predictability, and align their internal teams to focus on ensuring customers derive value from the product.
Rozado’s Visual Analytics 298 implied HN points 22 Feb 24
  1. Customizable AI systems could be an alternative to one-size-fits-all AI systems, offering users the freedom to adjust settings based on their preferences.
  2. There's a debate about balancing truth and diversity/inclusion in AI systems, which raises questions about who should control how these systems are configured.
  3. Personalized AI systems where users can adjust settings themselves present a potential solution to the truth vs. values trade-off, though they come with risks like filter bubbles and societal polarization.
The Upheaval 1848 implied HN points 15 Feb 24
  1. According to Confucius, the basics of governance consist of having enough armaments, food, and the trust of the common people.
  2. Confucius emphasizes that the trust of the people is the most crucial element for a state to stand, even above food and armaments.
  3. The modern political leaders seem to have forgotten these fundamental principles, failing to prioritize security, defense, and the trust of the common people.
The Algorithmic Bridge 339 implied HN points 21 Feb 24
  1. OpenAI Sora is a significant advancement in video-generation AI, posing potential risks to the credibility of video content as it becomes indistinguishable from reality.
  2. The introduction of Sora signifies a shift in the trust dynamic where skepticism towards visual media is becoming the default, requiring specific claims for authenticity.
  3. The impact of AI tools like Sora extends beyond technical capabilities, signaling a broader societal shift towards adapting to a reality where trust in visual information is no longer guaranteed.
The Beautiful Mess 869 implied HN points 18 Feb 24
  1. Humans shape environments, and environments shape humans -- there's no dichotomy. This insight helps in understanding complexity and progress.
  2. Self-awareness and understanding others' beliefs are crucial at work -- it minimizes clashes and can lead to better teamwork and company growth.
  3. Seek coherence across different areas of work -- aligning various frames and systems is essential for company success.
The Bottom Feeder 481 implied HN points 20 Feb 24
  1. Steam Next Fest is a good opportunity for indie game developers to showcase their demos, despite the overcrowded market.
  2. Indie game developers often struggle to come up with completely new game ideas, leading to a trend of mixing and matching existing genres.
  3. The video game industry is facing challenges such as burnout, harsh recession period, and layoffs, impacting both developers and players.
read 16116 implied HN points 20 Jan 24
  1. Frequent-flier point programs were initially designed for occasional free flights, but evolved into turbo-charged schemes for travelers to earn points quickly.
  2. Weighing ingredients in cooking can make a big difference in recipes, especially in baked goods, where even small variations can impact the final texture and taste.
  3. During winter, composting slows down as decomposition rates decrease, signalling a time for compost piles to rest and wait for the warmer season for active decomposition.
The Chip Letter 1689 implied HN points 15 Feb 24
  1. IBM has had a significant impact on the development of computer systems over 100 years.
  2. IBM's influence extends to technologies like mainframes, personal computers, and databases.
  3. The history of IBM shows both positive contributions to technology and darker aspects like the association with controversial events.
The Asianometry Newsletter 2538 implied HN points 12 Feb 24
  1. Analog chip design is a complex art form that often takes up a significant portion of the total design cost of an integrated circuit.
  2. Analog design involves working with continuous signals from the real world and manipulating them to create desired outputs.
  3. Automating analog chip design with AI is a challenging task that involves using machine learning models to assist in tasks like circuit sizing and layout.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss 1201 implied HN points 16 Feb 24
  1. The Vesuvius Challenge offered a $1 million prize for decoding ancient scrolls, sparking interest in AI deciphering
  2. Luke Farritor won a prize for using AI to read an Epicurean work of criticism on a scroll from the Villa dei Papyri
  3. Deciphering ancient scrolls has the potential to reshape our understanding of the ancient world and rewrite assumptions about history