Reboot focuses on exploring the intersection of technology, ethics, and societal impact, advocating for a techno-optimistic future. It covers a range of topics including tech criticism, mental health in tech, AI alignment, internet privacy, domain politics, and the cultural implications of technology through reviews, personal narratives, and critical essays.

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The hottest Substack posts of Reboot

And their main takeaways
32 implied HN points β€’ 24 Feb 24
  1. Jailbreaking iPhones was a way to explore the full potential of Apple devices beyond the limitations set by the company.
  2. Jailbreaking in China was not only common but essential for accessing features like multilingual support and blocking spam calls.
  3. Through jailbreaking, individuals found a way to challenge authority, explore political subversiveness, and open up to alternative possibilities.
24 implied HN points β€’ 09 Mar 24
  1. Early online communities like Bulletin Board Systems (BBSs) fostered local connections and community building through text-based websites and local forums.
  2. Platforms like Yelp and Google Maps have shifted the focus from local community engagement to commercialized consumption, impacting the way we interact with and perceive our cities.
  3. Creating and sustaining place-based digital networks presents challenges, but initiatives like DIY internet radio stations showcase the potential for online communities to embrace local culture and connection.
22 implied HN points β€’ 10 Feb 24
  1. The future is about engaging in local communities and local politics, even if less glamorous than pursuing opportunities in tech hotspots.
  2. Religion can play a significant role in shaping worldviews and motivating individuals to engage in public service and local civic life.
  3. Finding your own path to civic engagement may involve unexpected detours, exploring diverse interests, and being open to advice while ultimately making decisions that align with your values and passions.
15 implied HN points β€’ 20 Feb 24
  1. The Kernel Magazine Issue 4 will explore luck, chance, and probability through stories, essays, poems, and illustrations.
  2. Join the Reboot Community Day on March 23 for creative workshops, group discussions, and the Kernel 4 launch in San Francisco.
  3. Stay tuned for more previews from Kernel 4, including a cover reveal by Kristy Xue Gao.
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38 implied HN points β€’ 21 Oct 23
  1. The author explores quitting Spotify in favor of CDs & radio for a more intentional listening experience.
  2. The obsession with frictionless algorithms on streaming platforms may limit the diversity and depth of music discovery.
  3. Diversifying music consumption with CDs, radio, and live performances can offer unique, fulfilling listening experiences.
21 implied HN points β€’ 18 Nov 23
  1. In the age of the internet, it's challenging to disappear in America due to the digital footprint left by basic needs like addresses, bank cards, and online accounts.
  2. There is a small community of tech-savvy individuals focused on extreme privacy, using specialized tools like privacy-focused operating systems, encrypted communication, and anonymous browsing.
  3. Extreme privacy can be isolating and exhausting, leading to a constant balance between the desire for privacy and the inherent risks and limitations of disappearing from the public eye.
26 implied HN points β€’ 30 Sep 23
  1. Small island nations like Anguilla generate significant government revenue from domain sales.
  2. The history of domain names involves a transition from community-run infrastructure to commodification.
  3. The assignment and management of domain names are political acts that signal autonomy and sovereignty.
26 implied HN points β€’ 19 Aug 23
  1. The current trajectory of AI alignment research seems more focused on building profitable products than preventing widespread harm.
  2. The technical approaches to aligning AI systems with human values may prioritize building better products rather than mitigating long-term risks.
  3. Engaging in nuanced discussions about AI and its potential risks requires considering how algorithms could impact decision-making and societal structures.
15 implied HN points β€’ 07 Oct 23
  1. Autonomous vehicles should be deployed responsibly, with full participation of the public.
  2. Car-centric urbanism has negative impacts and it's crucial to prioritize public transportation and mixed-use urbanism.
  3. To ensure optimal benefit to society, emerging technologies like AVs should be governed accountably with input from residents and careful planning.
21 implied HN points β€’ 12 Aug 23
  1. The movie Oppenheimer highlights the intertwining of technology with politics and the ethical implications of scientific progress.
  2. Tech discourse often overlooks the political context of innovation and the role of federal funding and policy cooperation in technology development.
  3. Oppenheimer's story reflects the complex relationship between science, politics, and belief systems, emphasizing the need to consider historical context in technological advancements.
22 implied HN points β€’ 26 Jul 23
  1. Reboot has introduced 6 new people to its editorial board
  2. The new board members come from diverse backgrounds and bring a wide range of expertise to Reboot
  3. Each new member shared a bit about themselves and their interests in tech and writing
19 implied HN points β€’ 06 Feb 23
  1. The Ethereum Foundation follows a philosophy of subtraction, focusing on distributing resources and opportunities rather than accumulating them.
  2. Subtraction philosophy in practice for the Ethereum Foundation includes a four-layered structure that delegates funding and decision-making externally.
  3. The effectiveness of subtraction at the Ethereum Foundation is hard to measure, but the approach encourages ecosystem resilience and decentralized coordination.