Dana Blankenhorn: Facing the Future

Dana Blankenhorn's Substack focuses on the intersection of technology and investments, with a keen eye on how emerging technologies like AI impact democracy, the economy, and societal structures. It contemplates the future of urban living, energy, education, and the internet, alongside the challenges of transitioning to renewable resources and the evolving landscape of democracy and authoritarianism. The newsletter also discusses the implications of technological advancements on industries, particularly through the lens of software development, corporate governance, and environmental sustainability.

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The hottest Substack posts of Dana Blankenhorn: Facing the Future

And their main takeaways
78 implied HN points β€’ 09 Feb 24
  1. The story 'The Wages of Sin' by Harry Turtledove explores an alternate history where major events like the Industrial Revolution never happened.
  2. This alternate world depicted in the story highlights a society where progressive thinking is suppressed, emphasizing traditional values and slow progress.
  3. The book immerses readers in a world vastly different from our own, prompting reflection on the elements that are missing and the potential consequences.
78 implied HN points β€’ 29 Jan 24
  1. America's economy is built on incentives favoring oil and gas, making it difficult to transition to renewable energy.
  2. Wealthy individuals and big corporations often benefit the most from government aid and investments, rather than the intended recipients.
  3. Challenges in implementing new policies arise due to resistance from established industries and fear of disrupting the capitalist system.
58 implied HN points β€’ 06 Feb 24
  1. Renewable energy costs have become competitive with coal-based energy and are continuing to decrease.
  2. The world's conflicts, funding, and wars are still heavily influenced by oil, leading to a literal war against oil.
  3. Recognizing the role of oil in global conflicts and actively engaging with the issue are crucial steps in overcoming the influence of oil.
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117 implied HN points β€’ 08 Dec 23
  1. The world is currently in a Global Civil War with conflicts between democracy, capitalism, and enforced unity.
  2. Despite economic prosperity, the pressure is on balancing between democratic pluralism and enforced conformity.
  3. The hope for 2024 lies in the economic forces favoring pluralism, despite the challenges posed by autocrats and fascist tendencies.
39 implied HN points β€’ 07 Feb 24
  1. The easy money era since 2008 has allowed individuals to rapidly amass wealth through financial maneuvering.
  2. Billionaires have a responsibility to the system that enabled their wealth, and disrespecting that system is unacceptable.
  3. Democracy is under threat due to the attitude of newly wealthy individuals who view themselves as superior beings.
39 implied HN points β€’ 05 Feb 24
  1. The era of the Cloud Czars is defined by five key companies: Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Meta.
  2. Building clouds and investing in the Cloud game was a key risk that many companies failed to take on, leading to their decline.
  3. In the tech industry, failure to take risks can be fatal, as highlighted by the success of the Cloud Czars who embraced the challenge.
78 implied HN points β€’ 25 Nov 23
  1. The world is facing internal struggles, not just external wars.
  2. The internet can blur the lines between truth and lies, making conflicts more complex.
  3. Democracy can act as a pressure release valve in times of global tension and conflict.
117 implied HN points β€’ 16 Oct 23
  1. It's becoming more challenging to keep pace with advancing technology.
  2. The rise of AI, particularly generative AI, is significantly impacting various industries.
  3. Resistance to technological advancements, particularly AI, is diminishing in fields like medicine, education, and law.
58 implied HN points β€’ 15 Dec 23
  1. The Electric Vehicle (EV) revolution will lead to significant changes in the world, impacting car repair shops, gas stations, electricity demand, and the road network.
  2. Mass market EV adoption is currently happening in China, with affordable EVs becoming increasingly available from various car manufacturers worldwide.
  3. By 2030, most cars will be EVs, with technology advancements leading to cheaper and more competitive electric vehicles with longer ranges.
98 implied HN points β€’ 27 Oct 23
  1. Tesla's Full Self Driving mode doesn't work, leading to accidents and deaths.
  2. Electric cars need more powerful batteries to improve range and performance.
  3. There's a need to re-engineer the remote charging experience for EVs to be more convenient.
58 implied HN points β€’ 28 Nov 23
  1. Buying a mattress may not be as simple as you think.
  2. Make sure the service you expect is actually what you'll get.
  3. Consider the importance of customer service in every aspect of your business.
58 implied HN points β€’ 21 Nov 23
  1. OpenAI faced issues due to the contradiction of being a non-profit owning a for-profit entity.
  2. Microsoft's investment in OpenAI through Azure services raised questions about the true value and motives of the partnership.
  3. Generative AI, like ChatGPT, is not true Artificial General Intelligence, but a tool with limitations.
58 implied HN points β€’ 19 Nov 23
  1. The events at OpenAI highlight power struggles and the importance of government oversight in the tech industry.
  2. Democracy and free markets should prevail over powerful individuals in the tech industry.
  3. Both government regulation and individual accountability are crucial for ensuring a fair and safe technological future.
58 implied HN points β€’ 17 Nov 23
  1. Both Big AI and Little AI can be intimidating, with potential privacy concerns.
  2. Autonomous agents in AI are enhancing customer service by solving problems efficiently.
  3. As AI continues to evolve, teaching critical thinking skills will be crucial for individuals to govern AI effectively.
39 implied HN points β€’ 12 Dec 23
  1. Generative AI is an evolution from database computing, not a revolution.
  2. The GIGO rule applies to AI - Garbage In, Garbage Out.
  3. No one has created Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) yet; AI is not human.