The hottest Innovation Substack posts right now

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Noahpinion • 7647 implied HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. The impact of technological innovation on human welfare depends on how society chooses to use these innovations, highlighting the importance of social decisions.
  2. The book discusses how power dynamics in society influence the choices made regarding technology, with recent decisions leaning towards negative impacts.
  3. Society can shape technology to distribute benefits more widely by focusing on inventions that complement workers instead of replacing them, presenting a controversial but essential concept.
thezvi • 1488 implied HN points • 22 Feb 24
  1. Gemini 1.5 introduces a breakthrough in long-context understanding by processing up to 1 million tokens, which means improved performance and longer context windows for AI models.
  2. The use of mixture-of-experts architecture in Gemini 1.5, alongside Transformer models, contributes to its overall enhanced performance, potentially giving Google an edge over competitors like GPT-4.
  3. Gemini 1.5 offers opportunities for new and improved applications, such as translation of low-resource languages like Kalamang, providing high-quality translations and enabling various innovative use cases.
BIG by Matt Stoller • 32086 implied HN points • 03 Feb 24
  1. Dialysis industry is controlled by two powerful corporations - DaVita and Fresenius - impacting over half a million lives. Non-compete agreements could potentially change this monopoly.
  2. Dialysis is a critical treatment provided under universal healthcare for end-stage renal disease patients, but monopolistic control has led to issues like patient coercion and quality concerns.
  3. The lack of competition and consolidation in the dialysis market has led to lower survival rates in the US compared to other countries. Eliminating non-compete agreements for healthcare professionals could foster innovation and improve patient care.
The Chip Letter • 4224 implied HN points • 18 Feb 24
  1. Designs that were not commercially successful can still be interesting and hold value for learning.
  2. Intel's 8085 microprocessor, while not a bad design, was overshadowed by Zilog's Z80 due to lack of major improvements.
  3. Signetics 2650 microprocessor faced limitations such as delayed time to market and segmented memory, showing the importance of timely releases and memory efficiency.
Aether Pirates of the Matterium! • 18455 implied HN points • 04 Feb 24
  1. Military analysts are afraid of the future and the rapid advancement of technology.
  2. Tech-minded individuals are seen as a threat by the military due to their knowledge and innovative capabilities.
  3. The release of Zero Point Technology to the public, especially techies, is a major concern for the military as it would shift power dynamics significantly.
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Experimental History • 20392 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. Randomized-controlled trials are a relatively recent method in the history of scientific evidence.
  2. Challenging old beliefs, such as trust in ancient gods like Zeus, can lead to important scientific advancements.
  3. There is a need for more transparency and accessibility in expert knowledge to earn public trust in institutions and experts.
Faster, Please! • 731 implied HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. The concept of vibe shift from pessimism to optimism can be seen in societal attitudes towards progress, innovation, and disruptive technologies.
  2. Up Wing thinking focuses on embracing risk, emphasizing technology's role in progress, and supporting entrepreneurial capitalism to drive positive change.
  3. There is growing evidence of an emerging future-optimist vibe shift, especially in social media content, attitudes towards technologies like nuclear energy, and the performance of the stock market.
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.
Noahpinion • 21647 implied HN points • 25 Jan 24
  1. China is at the peak of its relative power and effectiveness, with impressive economic and scientific achievements surpassing other major world powers at this moment.
  2. There are concerns about a slowdown in China's growth due to economic challenges and lack of focus on what the people truly want, resulting in a potential squandering of the nation's potential.
  3. China's system seems to inhibit breakthrough innovation, limit artistic and cultural influence internationally, and restrict freedom and autonomy of its people, perhaps hindering the nation's overall greatness.
One Useful Thing • 811 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.
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
Platformer • 12755 implied HN points • 12 Jan 24
  1. Platformer has decided to move off of Substack and migrate to a new website powered by Ghost
  2. The decision was influenced by concerns over how Substack moderates content and promotes publications
  3. Substack faced controversies over hosting extremist content, leading to Platformer's decision to leave for a platform with more robust content moderation policies
Odds and Ends of History • 938 implied HN points • 14 Feb 24
  1. The Postcode Address File (PAF) is a critical database of postal addresses in the UK, owned by Royal Mail and requires expensive licensing fees for access.
  2. An amendment proposed in the House of Lords aims to make UK address data freely available for public use, potentially liberating the PAF.
  3. Individuals are encouraged to reach out to House of Lords members to support the amendment, as it moves through the legislative process towards potential implementation.
Inside Data by Mikkel Dengsøe • 183 HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. Data may not reveal the best ideas, so trust your intuition and explore beyond the obvious data points.
  2. Focus on solving the big problems first, as they have a more significant impact than smaller issues.
  3. Think in small bets and iterations to make progress in the right direction, even if data may not provide immediate clarity.
The Polymerist • 182 implied HN points • 20 Feb 24
  1. DuPont started as a company selling explosives before pivoting to synthetic polymer chemistry in the 1920s, leading to significant innovations like Nylon and Teflon.
  2. Chemours was spun off from DuPont due to the controversy around environmental issues related to Teflon, resulting in significant legal liabilities.
  3. Despite its reputation as a specialty chemicals company, DuPont's financial reports show challenges in generating high profits, possibly due to a focus on commoditized products and significant settlements.
Faster, Please! • 1188 implied HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. Nuclear power needs to be developed faster and at a lower cost to be a reliable energy source for the future.
  2. New generations of reactors, like small modular ones, are emphasized for the advancement of nuclear energy.
  3. Building nuclear power plants faces significant delays and challenges globally, hindering progress in the industry.
Superfluid • 106 implied HN points • 20 Feb 24
  1. Rampersand is backing Hatch, a company changing how the next generation finds work. Hatch uses AI to match candidates with jobs based on core values and aspirations.
  2. Hatch redefines job searching with its AI-driven platform for Gen Z professionals, saving time for both job seekers and employers.
  3. Gen Z professionals seek fulfilling roles, leading to a transformation in company cultures and employment nature. Companies like Hatch are adapting to meet the demands of this new workforce.
Trevor Klee’s Newsletter • 970 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. Karuna Therapeutics achieved a $14 billion sale through drug repurposing.
  2. Drug repurposing can be a highly lucrative business without requiring excessive brilliance or luck.
  3. VCs often prioritize hype and platform-based drug development over drug repurposing success stories.
Democratizing Automation • 221 implied HN points • 16 Feb 24
  1. OpenAI introduced Sora, an impressive video generation model blending Vision Transformer and diffusion model techniques
  2. Google unveiled Gemini 1.5 Pro with nearly infinite context length, advancing the performance and efficiency using the Mixture of Expert as the base architecture
  3. The emergence of Mistral-Next model in the ChatBot Arena hints at an upcoming release, showing promising test results and setting expectations as a potential competitor to GPT4
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.
benn.substack • 483 implied HN points • 09 Feb 24
  1. Dan Campbell and the Detroit Lions have been aggressive in going for it on fourth downs
  2. Data can provide small advantages in decision-making, especially in frequent, low-leverage situations
  3. It's more effective to focus on doing what you're naturally good at and doing it consistently rather than constantly pursuing big data-driven optimizations
Faster, Please! • 1279 implied HN points • 23 Jan 24
  1. The need for clean energy collaboration between government and companies to drive innovation.
  2. Energy deregulation can be a catalyst for promoting innovation and commercialization in the private sector.
  3. Accommodating regulatory and policy environments can accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies.
Subconscious • 1339 implied HN points • 22 Jan 24
  1. In small groups, people are self-organizing, but beyond 150, cooperation needs more than instincts.
  2. Power in organizations can be organized as charismatic authority, traditional authority, and rational-legal authority.
  3. Bureaucracy may seem slow and impersonal, but it scales power distribution through rules, which can approximate fairness.
The Algorithmic Bridge • 201 implied HN points • 13 Feb 24
  1. Altman is seeking an unprecedented $7 trillion to invest in AI infrastructure, which includes developing GPUs, energy supply improvement, and expanding data center capacity.
  2. The $7 trillion investment is meant to propel technological advancements to a level comparable to the impact of the Industrial Revolution, focusing on long-term projects over decades rather than immediate outcomes.
  3. Despite the astronomical sum, the $7 trillion investment may not seem as excessive considering the potential growth of the global economy and the transformative nature of the projects Altman aims to support.
Odds and Ends of History • 1541 implied HN points • 19 Jan 24
  1. There's a built-in technology in cars for safer driving that's not being utilized properly.
  2. The eCall system can connect drivers to emergency services with just a press of a button, providing important data like location and car details.
  3. The potential of eCall data to optimize emergency response and improve road safety is hindered by lack of integration among different emergency service systems.
Venture in Security • 275 implied HN points • 08 Feb 24
  1. Large corporations like Microsoft may have resources, but they often struggle to innovate due to the innovator's dilemma.
  2. Startups need to focus on understanding market needs and finding the right distribution channels to succeed.
  3. Cybersecurity founders should consider external factors like market conditions and economic trends when planning their startup journeys.
Newcomer • 432 implied HN points • 02 Feb 24
  1. Defense tech has become popular among venture capitalists due to global tensions and the U.S. government's increased investments.
  2. Success stories like SpaceX and Palantir have boosted investor confidence in companies focused on government contracts.
  3. Selling to the government, while lucrative, can be a slow and complex process due to procurement challenges.
Artificial Ignorance • 113 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.