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The Intrinsic Perspective • 8250 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. Recent AI models like GPT-4 and Sora are showing concerning failures in understanding basic concepts like physics and object permanence
  2. The AI industry's economics are being questioned due to the high costs involved in training large models, as well as the influence of major tech companies like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon in directing AI development
  3. The current AI industry landscape is seen as a flow of VC investment being funneled into a few major tech giants, raising fundamental questions about the industry's structure and sustainability
Construction Physics • 27559 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. Developing a new commercial aircraft is incredibly expensive, with development costs exceeding billions and posing significant financial risks to companies.
  2. Aircraft manufacturers face challenges in predicting market demand and trends, with incorrect guesses leading to financial losses and potentially fatal setbacks.
  3. Given the high costs and risks involved in developing new aircraft, manufacturers often opt to revise existing models to mitigate costs, keep pilot training minimal, and maximize efficiency.
Animation Obsessive • 3138 implied HN points • 12 Feb 24
  1. During the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union, animators faced challenges adapting to life under capitalism with reduced state funding and support.
  2. Some animators, like Yuri Norstein and Priit Pärn, expressed struggles and concerns about the impact of financial censorship in the capitalist system on their artistic work.
  3. Countries like Estonia benefited from renewed state support for artists, resulting in a thriving animation community that continues to produce award-winning films.
Animation Obsessive • 7174 implied HN points • 22 Jan 24
  1. Animation masterpieces can be created on limited budgets, showcasing that money doesn't guarantee a great film.
  2. Artistry, vision, and talent are key to creating successful animated projects, sometimes taking risks can lead to unique and impactful films.
  3. Japanese anime industry often achieves expressive movement with small budgets, emphasizing creativity over financial resources.
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Freddie deBoer • 4851 implied HN points • 22 Jan 24
  1. Sports media can sometimes be toxic with aimless shouting and pointless provocations.
  2. Nick Wright exemplifies how sports media can corrupt individuals, where his persona often overshadows his potential thoughtful side.
  3. Wright's obsessive criticism and cruelty towards athletes, like Josh Allen and Nikola Jokic, stems from personal biases and a lack of accountability in the sports media industry.
Richard Lewis • 1906 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. The games and esports industry has experienced a significant number of layoffs due to unsustainable practices and behavior.
  2. Many individuals in the industry exhibit toxic behavior, including forming secret blacklists and engaging in power plays for personal gain.
  3. Esports industry executives have mismanaged funds and made poor decisions, leading to financial instability and a negative impact on the industry as a whole.
Invariant • 511 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Philip Morris International is focusing more on next-gen products like IQOS and its heated tobacco units, with efforts to transition users from traditional cigarettes - showing promise for future growth.
  2. Despite some challenges like higher costs and FX pressures, PMI is maintaining its position in the market by introducing innovative products and investing in its portfolio.
  3. ZYN, another product spreading rapidly, faces questions about its popularity among underaged consumers, but it still shows strong growth due to being a preferred choice over competitors.
The Honest Broker • 38632 implied HN points • 14 Sep 23
  1. The music ecosystem faces various challenges like declining artist incomes, corporatized platforms, and struggling live music venues.
  2. Big players like streaming platforms, record labels, and technocrats may not provide solutions for these challenges.
  3. Taylor Swift is encouraged to lead a new initiative to empower musicians, create fair music distribution, and revitalize the music industry.
Vittles • 107 implied HN points • 19 Feb 24
  1. The sugar tax introduced in the UK aimed to reduce sugar consumption and combat obesity, but there is uncertainty about its effectiveness in delivering health benefits.
  2. The sugar tax generated revenue, but there are concerns about whether the funds are being used as promised for health-related interventions.
  3. The sugar tax embodies a broader societal issue of shifting blame onto individuals for their food choices, rather than addressing underlying social justice and inequalities.
Discourse Blog • 1061 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. AI is being developed with a focus on maximizing profit and control rather than enhancing human life or creativity.
  2. There are concerns about AI replacing human jobs, especially in fields like content writing, where the quality of AI-generated work is still inferior.
  3. There is a fear that AI industry leaders prioritize profit and control over preserving aspects of the human experience that should be kept free from AI influence.
Off to Lunch • 1356 implied HN points • 19 Jan 24
  1. Tata Steel is cutting 2,800 jobs in the UK by closing two blast furnaces to shift to electric arc furnaces.
  2. The job cuts are part of a plan to reduce carbon emissions and transform the Port Talbot facility into a center for green steelmaking.
  3. The UK faces a significant drop in retail sales, potentially signaling a risk of falling into a recession.
Talking Travel Writing • 373 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Commercial travel writing may not be suitable for everyone due to its demands and nature.
  2. Engaging in commercial writing can provide opportunities for financial gain and skill development.
  3. Commercial travel writing involves a variety of tasks beyond traditional editorial work, contributing to a writer's growth.
The Ankler • 353 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. The movie industry is facing challenges due to poor decision-making and leadership, which is threatening its survival.
  2. Hollywood should focus on creating hits to attract audiences and regain financial stability.
  3. Instead of blaming streamers, the film industry needs to adapt and overcome bad habits and thought patterns to thrive.
The Honest Broker • 22673 implied HN points • 28 Jul 23
  1. Spotify's CEO sold $100 million in stock amidst the company's increasing losses, causing concern among investors.
  2. Streaming companies like Netflix and Disney are heavily investing in AI technology, potentially replacing human creativity with bots.
  3. Music streaming platforms like Spotify prioritize profit over user experience, creating a bland and generic listening environment.
Development Hell • 276 implied HN points • 07 Feb 24
  1. The entertainment industry may seem like it's collapsing with big companies acquiring smaller ones and existing companies facing challenges, but it's not as dramatic as it sounds.
  2. The entertainment industry is driven by profit and existing intellectual property, not creative integrity or risky original ideas.
  3. Despite the challenges in the industry, it's important to stay focused on your work, be resilient, and not be overly concerned with the overall industry difficulties.
Wordloaf • 589 implied HN points • 17 Jan 24
  1. The game 'Pillsbury Bakeryland' was created by Pillsbury in 1936 to teach kids about bread making and selling.
  2. The game features scripts that show how to sell bread in different settings like house-to-house, wholesale, and retail.
  3. The game was part of the baking industry's campaign to promote buying bread over baking it at home, reflecting changes in bread baking practices in America from 1929 to 1933.
Deep Learning Weekly • 137 implied HN points • 07 Feb 24
  1. Google introduced a new model for time-series forecasting called TimesFM, pre-trained on a large time-series corpus.
  2. Adept introduced a new multimodal model called Adept Fuyu-Heavy designed for digital agents.
  3. There are various articles and papers covering topics like LLM platforms, code implementation like LoRA, and new generation AI models.
Dan Davies - "Back of Mind" • 314 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. Consultants working independently may impact the productivity and training investment within companies.
  2. Substituting consultants for employees can create communication challenges and hinder information flow.
  3. The trend of specialists leaving to start consultancies may reflect underlying issues in British industry and government.
Off to Lunch • 294 implied HN points • 25 Jan 24
  1. The next UK government will face tough economic choices post-election, with challenges in public finance and investment.
  2. Private sector growth and business breakthroughs are crucial for economic development in the UK.
  3. Birmingham is experiencing challenges due to lack of public transport investment, emphasizing the importance of private sector investment for job creation.
Construction Physics • 11274 implied HN points • 03 Jun 23
  1. In the 1930s, federal projects like the Hoover Dam increased electrification and capacity, but growth slowed due to the Great Depression.
  2. Post-World War II saw the Golden Age of the electric power industry with massive growth in electricity generation, consumption, and industry assets.
  3. The end of the Golden Age came in the late 1960s due to factors like environmental concerns, technical challenges, and the 1973 energy crisis, leading to rising costs and stagnation.
Platformer • 4461 implied HN points • 19 Sep 23
  1. Platformer has experienced significant growth in subscribers over the past year, thanks to various factors like talented staff, impactful stories, and the Substack recommendations engine.
  2. The broader tech media ecosystem is facing challenges with layoffs and diminishing vitality, prompting journalists to consider the challenges and opportunities of transitioning to independent journalism.
  3. Platformer's plans for the future include expanding the team with new hires, experimenting with newsletter ads, and potentially supporting independent journalism through investments or grants.
Deep Learning Weekly • 393 implied HN points • 10 Jan 24
  1. AI models are assisting robots to execute complex tasks more transparently using multiple foundation models.
  2. LLMs are being used to solve reasoning problems and enhance tool use in deep learning.
  3. AutoRT is a system proposing diverse instructions to robots, leveraging VLMs and LLMs to scale up operational robot deployment.
SHuSH, by Kenneth Whyte • 235 implied HN points • 19 Jan 24
  1. Audiobooks continue to experience significant growth, representing a considerable portion of book sales.
  2. Audible, owned by Amazon, remains dominant in the audiobook market, with a large lead over competitors like Spotify and Apple.
  3. The audiobook industry is crowded, with various retail platforms and production houses vying for content and market share.
The Unpublishable • 10200 implied HN points • 23 Mar 23
  1. The 'Science of Skincare' focuses on marketing products, not actual care for the skin.
  2. Many skincare products are marketed as 'science-backed,' but they may not be as effective as claimed.
  3. Skin health is more about natural support like sleep, diet, and stress management than relying on skincare products.
Freddie deBoer • 11618 implied HN points • 22 Feb 23
  1. The author received positive feedback for a piece about the 1990s and discusses the importance of conveying conflicting perspectives in writing.
  2. The author emphasizes the value of crafting well-written pieces that move and entertain readers.
  3. The author reflects on the challenges and rewards of maintaining individuality in writing while meeting reader expectations.
Pekingnology • 192 implied HN points • 12 Jan 24
  1. China's biopharmaceutical industry has made significant advancements but is now facing challenges, including the loss of market value.
  2. The industry has seen growth in innovative drugs, improved quality of generic drugs, and a rise in biopharmaceutical companies.
  3. Challenges in the industry include difficulty in getting new drugs on medical insurance lists, accessing hospital procurement lists, and a reduction in venture capital.
The Sunday Morning Post • 78 implied HN points • 28 Jan 24
  1. A series of lawsuits have shaken up the National Association of Realtors and real estate brokerage firms, potentially leading to changes in how homes are bought and sold.
  2. The lawsuits focus on inflated commissions in real estate transactions, aiming to decouple commissions between buyers' and sellers' agents, and could lead to different compensation structures in the industry.
  3. A new organization, the American Real Estate Association, has emerged to challenge the NAR's hold on the real estate market by offering more flexible commission fees and membership dues.
Animation Obsessive • 4035 implied HN points • 12 Jun 23
  1. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends was a script-driven animated series with a personal touch from the creators.
  2. The animation news highlighted 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' success globally and updates from various countries.
  3. The writing process for animation, such as the scripting, revisions, and voice recordings, is crucial for creating successful animated series.