The hottest Innovation Substack posts right now

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Subconscious • 1342 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.
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.
One Useful Thing • 1048 implied HN points • 16 Jan 24
  1. Consider waiting for technology to improve before embarking on projects in fields where advancements are rapid.
  2. AI has the potential to significantly impact various industries, leading to the need for strategic thinking about project timelines.
  3. Evaluate the risks and benefits of waiting for AI advancements in decision-making processes, balancing learning, incentives, and the unpredictability of future developments.
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AI Supremacy • 1120 implied HN points • 12 Jan 24
  1. The author is launching a new robotics newsletter called 'OK, Robot' and is deeply interested in robotics coverage.
  2. The newsletter will cover a wide range of topics in robotics including robotics startups, AI gadgets, drones, and more.
  3. The target audience for the newsletter includes those interested in emerging technology, robotics news, and advancements in automation.
Not Boring by Packy McCormick • 245 implied HN points • 06 Mar 24
  1. There are three main approaches to thinking about AI: fear of job loss, fear of missing out on AI skills, and using AI as a tool to achieve personal goals.
  2. Decide to do big things, determine the most ambitious goal for your life, and leverage the incredible tools available to make it happen faster.
  3. Ambition is contagious, empowering, and crucial in shaping the reality you want; name your ambition, set big goals, and watch the world contribute to making them a reality.
Longer Tables with José Andrés • 825 implied HN points • 22 Jan 24
  1. The Global Food Institute aims to inspire a new generation to solve big food problems through policy, innovation, and humanities.
  2. The Institute has made progress, including participation in events like the World Food Forum and the launch of the Alliance for a Sustainable Future.
  3. Key leaders like Bill Dietz and Tara Scully are driving research, policy work, and curriculum development at the Institute.
Construction Physics • 10856 implied HN points • 23 Feb 23
  1. Steel production has evolved over 800 years, with blast furnaces being a crucial part of the process.
  2. The blast furnace technology has seen gradual improvements by engineers and craftsmen over centuries.
  3. As advancements like hot blast and mechanization have been made, the blast furnace's role is changing in modern steelmaking.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss • 125 implied HN points • 18 Mar 24
  1. SpaceX follows a strategy of learning from failures to achieve success, as seen from their history with Falcon rockets.
  2. SpaceX's Starship program has promising advancements like successful stage separation, in-orbit fuel transfers, and potential for deep space missions.
  3. SpaceX's success and profitability are driven by innovations like reusable rockets and the Starlink satellite constellation, reshaping the space industry.
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
thezvi • 2186 implied HN points • 01 Nov 23
  1. A lot of reports will be written by government employees and companies on AI-related topics.
  2. Government is laying the foundation for potential future regulation of AI with a focus on safety precautions and reporting requirements.
  3. The Executive Order aims to promote innovation, attract AI talent, support workers, advance equity and civil rights, protect privacy, and strengthen American leadership in AI globally.
Pessimists Archive Newsletter • 648 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. The US government classified the Power Mac G4 as a super-computer due to its computing power surpassing 1 GIGAFLOP.
  2. In 1979, a GIGAFLOP was seen as powerful and scary, but now we carry thousands of GIGAFLOPs in our pockets with modern devices.
  3. The marketing genius of Apple used the munition classification of the G4 to promote it as a 'Personal Supercomputer', leveraging the restrictions to market the product.
The Polymerist • 199 implied HN points • 05 Mar 24
  1. Successful R&D projects often take longer than expected, like Evonik's 10+ year journey into biosurfactants
  2. In Europe, a longer-term view in R&D is enforced, making it more appealing for chemical innovation than the US
  3. There is a need for a breakout success in sustainable chemical startups in the US, similar to Tesla in the automobile industry
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.
12challenges • 171 implied HN points • 09 Mar 24
  1. Our intentions can get diluted through different stages like Action and Input before resulting in something happening on a computer.
  2. The use of AI can boost intention by translating inputs into more aligned results and increasing confidence in actions.
  3. AI can help shrink the 'Crapgret Zone' where ads reside by improving intention alignment and reducing unintentional consumption of ads.
The Geek Way • 99 implied HN points • 18 Mar 24
  1. Reid Hoffman is regarded as a brilliant entrepreneur and investor who has made significant impacts in Silicon Valley and the tech sector.
  2. Understanding first principles for running an organization can be linked to evolutionary principles, providing insights into human organizational behavior.
  3. The balancing act between being ultrasocial and self-interested is a fundamental principle in human nature and can explain various challenges in the business world.
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.
Atlas of Wonders and Monsters • 627 implied HN points • 11 Jan 24
  1. Cornucopianism suggests that human intellect and creativity can generate an abundance of resources and solutions.
  2. Malthusianism is the opposing viewpoint that argues there are limits to growth and resources on a finite planet.
  3. The metaphor of the cornucopia can be seen as a call for techno-optimists to embrace the idea of continuous progress and innovation.
Vincos Newsletter • 569 implied HN points • 13 Jan 24
  1. Perplexity is a startup creating an AI engine to rival Google and ChatGPT, with significant backing and user base.
  2. OpenAI released GPT Store and ChatGPT Team, facing legal challenges around copyright use of articles.
  3. Tech updates include Apple's Vision Pro launch, Rabbit R1 pocket computer, and Getty Images/Nvidia Generative AI platform.
Venture in Security • 511 implied HN points • 16 Jan 24
  1. The cybersecurity industry benefits from a large number of startups that lead to innovation and competition.
  2. Venture capital is crucial for cybersecurity startups to innovate, educate the market, and speed up the adoption of best practices.
  3. Investors need to better evaluate security startups, and the industry needs a reset of expectations to address real problems like navigating undifferentiated tools and poor go-to-market approaches.