The hottest Future Substack posts right now

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Faster, Please! • 731 implied HN points • 11 Mar 24
  1. Popular sci-fi often portrays new technology harming humanity instead of helping, reflecting societal concerns and fears.
  2. Science fiction has shifted from optimistic visions of the future to dystopian and pessimistic outlooks, impacting our ability to strive for a better future.
  3. Movies and entertainment choices can reflect our core values and beliefs, influencing the success of different types of films in varying markets.
Faster, Please! • 456 implied HN points • 18 Mar 24
  1. Artificial General Intelligence is a concept that doesn't exist yet and may never be achieved, but some experts believe it's coming soon.
  2. AI is viewed as a tool to enhance human capabilities and create new opportunities rather than a threat to job security.
  3. The impact of AI on the economy will depend on whether there is a limit to the complexity of tasks humans can perform.
The Novelleist • 1411 implied HN points • 13 Feb 24
  1. Reimagining the design of our technological future with more feminine perspectives can lead to more visually appealing, sustainable, and community-oriented innovations.
  2. Women-led tech companies often prioritize healthcare, environmental conservation, and community well-being over traditional futuristic themes like cars and spaceships.
  3. By encouraging more women sci-fi writers to envision the future and women technologists to build it, we can create a more diverse, inclusive, and beautiful vision for our technological advancements.
One Useful Thing • 1033 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.
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Faster, Please! • 2102 implied HN points • 20 Jan 24
  1. The OpenAI boss is downplaying the potential impact of human-level AI in the future.
  2. There is a debate on whether achieving artificial general intelligence would be a significant advancement or not.
  3. Sam Altman views AGI as an evolutionary development rather than a revolutionary one, comparing it to the progress of the iPhone.
The Generalist • 500 implied HN points • 27 Feb 24
  1. Reid Hoffman discusses AI's potential and risks in the final edition of 'Letters to a Young Investor's' first series.
  2. The conversation delves into the importance of envisioning a positive future enabled by technology, rather than focusing solely on dystopian scenarios.
  3. Reid Hoffman emphasizes the need to proactively steer towards creating a future that is radically better than our current trajectory, despite acknowledging the challenges technology presents.
One Useful Thing • 861 implied HN points • 08 Feb 24
  1. Gemini Advanced is a GPT-4 class model, offering strengths and weaknesses compared to other advanced AI models.
  2. Gemini Advanced reveals the potential for emergent properties in large AI models, showing hints of 'ghosts' or unique intelligence.
  3. Google's Gemini Advanced hints at a future where AI serves as powerful integrated personal assistants, differentiating itself from other AI models.
thezvi • 892 implied HN points • 04 Jan 24
  1. Many people are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential risks of advanced AI technologies, as the complexity of the alignment problem becomes more apparent.
  2. Some politicians, like Senator Cory Booker, are expressing worries about the societal impacts of AI technology and its current prevalence in daily life.
  3. Even with concerns, there are still lighthearted and creative discussions about the future of AI, including speculative scenarios involving children and AI-powered career choices.
Meaningness • 698 implied HN points • 06 Jan 24
  1. The post recommends three different authors to read to stay updated on AI: Zvi Mowshowitz, Arvind Narayanan, and Jon Stokes.
  2. Each of these authors brings a unique perspective to the discussion on AI, covering different aspects and opinions on the future of AI.
  3. The authors fall into different quadrants regarding their views on AI's future, touching on varying levels of power, impact, and potential risks in the field.
The Absent-Minded Professor • 275 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Apple's Vision Pro is pushing for a future of computing that may erode our sense of community.
  2. The increasing closeness of technology to us poses a new layer of distraction and potential harm to individual and communal well-being.
  3. Critically examining our reliance on technology can help us preserve our connection to nature and community over a machine-driven lifestyle.
Meaningful Particulars • 65 implied HN points • 13 Mar 24
  1. AI-driven algorithms provide more of what you've already liked, causing further optimization and less variety.
  2. Generative AI may not reach its full potential due to becoming incoherent when fed human responses, resulting in a lukewarm outcome.
  3. AI's development is not a straight path - it faces limitations, and changes in technology and society will alter its course.
bad cattitude • 95 implied HN points • 25 Feb 24
  1. AI presents a complex future - it may liberate or enslave humanity, enabling creativity or trapping us in repetitive cycles.
  2. Binary thinking about AI may limit us - we should consider broader possibilities beyond our current understanding.
  3. The future with AI will be an unpredictable and exciting journey - filled with promise, danger, aspiration, and frustration, much like a thrilling road trip.
Artificial Ignorance • 121 implied HN points • 14 Feb 24
  1. Living in the post-ChatGPT era led to a surge in AI news and development, creating a sense of fatigue among researchers and enthusiasts.
  2. Curate relevant and insightful sources to stay informed about AI without feeling overwhelmed by the constant influx of information.
  3. Experiment with new AI tools and technologies, but also know when to step back and not get caught up in trying to keep up with every single update and trend.
thezvi • 2454 implied HN points • 28 Mar 23
  1. Predictions about the future are hard, especially about technological advancements like AI.
  2. Existential risks from AI should not be underestimated, as they can lead to potentially negative outcomes.
  3. It is important to carefully consider the consequences of advancing AI technology and not rush into decisions that may have long-term impacts.
Talking Travel Writing • 648 implied HN points • 03 Oct 23
  1. The future of travel writing involves a shift towards more diverse voices and a focus on sustainability and responsible travel.
  2. Guidebooks of the future will prioritize providing a human context to travel experiences that AI cannot offer.
  3. Travel writing is expected to see a resurgence, with an emphasis on self-reflection, diversity, and challenging traditional travel norms.
Samstack • 999 implied HN points • 15 Apr 23
  1. It's important for more people to understand AI risks for safety regulations and investment in alignment work.
  2. Consider the balance between AI getting out of control versus malicious actors having access to superintelligent AI.
  3. Think about the potential impacts of advanced AI on various aspects of human life in the future.
Rod’s Blog • 59 implied HN points • 29 Jan 24
  1. AI in healthcare helps improve patient care through predicting health trajectories, recommending treatments, guiding surgical care, monitoring patients, and population health management.
  2. Benefits of AI in healthcare include reducing errors, enhancing diagnosis, personalizing treatment, increasing adherence, and preventing disease, leading to cost savings and revenue generation.
  3. Challenges of AI in healthcare include data access, bias, scaling and integration, lack of transparency, and privacy, which can be addressed through improving data quality, standards, transparency, education, and collaboration.
Non-Boring History • 550 implied HN points • 20 Jun 23
  1. The post discusses facing difficult truths from the past to create a better future.
  2. It mentions the dark secrets of a historical place in rural Cheshire, near Manchester, England.
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The Joyous Struggle • 533 implied HN points • 22 Jun 23
  1. Visionaries see the future and offer direction, often through inspiring ideas and stories.
  2. Visionaries work to bring new worlds into being through language and action, shaping collective perception.
  3. Today's visionaries need to address challenges in a digital and planetary context, inspiring viable and desirable futures through qualities like fluency in different realities, questioning paradigms, and envisioning transformative struggles.
Odds and Ends of History • 603 implied HN points • 30 May 23
  1. The writer disagrees with Twitter's transport experts about driverless buses and thinks they could revolutionize transport.
  2. Autonomous buses could lead to cheaper, more efficient public transportation and help reduce carbon emissions.
  3. The potential of autonomous buses lies in making public transport more convenient, increasing capacity, and reducing the need for private vehicles.
The Novelleist • 564 implied HN points • 29 May 23
  1. Elle Griffin finished a series on work and leisure discussing important topics like AI, automation, and 20-hour workweeks.
  2. Paid subscribers can engage in discussions and be part of debriefs exploring capitalism, sparking insightful conversations.
  3. Community members also shared thought-provoking essays on work and leisure, adding more perspectives to the discourse.
Based Meditations • 8 HN points • 12 Mar 24
  1. The future of programming may shift towards a focus on creativity and innovation rather than just logic and coding skills.
  2. The impact of AI and automation on the programming industry is uncertain, leading to a potential rise in independent artists creating software.
  3. There is a growing trend of passionate developers moving away from traditional software jobs to pursue artistic endeavors, potentially transforming software development into a form of art.
Ironic Sans • 248 implied HN points • 18 Jul 23
  1. 3D gaming was possible before VR with LCD shutter glasses that created the illusion of 3D by alternating between two views for each eye.
  2. LCD shutter glasses allowed playing existing games in 3D without special design, like Tomb Raider and Thief 2.
  3. While VR is now more common, there are efforts to bring classic games into VR, although converting them is challenging due to control and graphical limitations.
Litverse • 59 implied HN points • 07 Dec 23
  1. There's a missed opportunity for an infrastructure revolution that could have complemented the tech advancements we've seen.
  2. The integration of AI into our lives is inevitable, similar to how smartphones became ubiquitous tools. Embracing AI as a tool rather than a threat could lead to innovative creations.
  3. Viewing AI as a friend instead of a foe opens up possibilities for artistic expression and technological advancements, akin to historical shifts brought by inventions like the printing press.
Wars Of Future Past • 196 implied HN points • 30 Jun 23
  1. The X-Men cartoon serves as a helpful tool for new parents by being engaging yet not too captivating during caregiving routines.
  2. The mutant allegory in the X-Men cartoon effectively conveys themes of intolerance and discrimination that resonate with various real-life issues.
  3. The Sentinels in the X-Men cartoon symbolize the dangers of near-future technology and the potential threats of automated military machines.