The hottest Internet Substack posts right now

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The Intrinsic Perspective • 100547 implied HN points • 27 Feb 24
  1. Generative AI is overwhelming the internet with low-quality, AI-generated content, polluting searches, pages, and feeds.
  2. Major platforms and media outlets are embracing AI-generated content for profit, contributing to the cultural pollution online.
  3. The rise of AI-generated children's content on platforms like YouTube is concerning, exposing young viewers to synthetic, incoherent videos.
Experimental History • 19425 implied HN points • 16 Jan 24
  1. Making a living on the internet doesn't have to involve creating 'slop' content like clickbait or scams.
  2. Success online can come from creating honest, original, and interesting content that people genuinely enjoy and share.
  3. Supporting creators financially for content you enjoy can help create a better internet ecosystem and encourage more quality content.
Culture Study • 2115 implied HN points • 05 Mar 24
  1. The post discusses the importance of finding trustworthy professionals in various fields like doctors, therapists, contractors, and more.
  2. Detailed information is key when seeking recommendations or providing advice on services to ensure transparency and clarity.
  3. Conflicting advice and experiences are normal, emphasizing the idea that everyone's mileage may vary when it comes to service providers.
Freddie deBoer • 4236 implied HN points • 02 Feb 24
  1. In the age of the internet, censoring content is extremely challenging because of the global spread of digital infrastructure.
  2. Efforts to stop the spread of harmful content like deepfake porn may not be entirely successful due to the structure of the modern internet.
  3. Acknowledging limitations in controlling information dissemination doesn't equate to a lack of will to address concerning issues.
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends • 579 implied HN points • 23 Mar 24
  1. Shrimp Jesus, a meme that has gained popularity on Facebook, has a quirky origin and has been sold as art for years.
  2. AI technology is advancing to create digital twins of human organs, raising questions about lifestyle changes and human-technology relationships.
  3. There is a trend of female influencers spreading health misinformation, which includes promoting unconventional diets and false narratives about birth control.
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Noahpinion • 37588 implied HN points • 28 Apr 23
  1. India has surpassed China as the world's most populous country, marking its arrival on the global stage.
  2. India's economic growth has been remarkable, lifting many out of poverty and positioning the country as a significant player on the world economic stage.
  3. India's influence is expanding due to factors like internet access, cultural exchanges, and economic opportunities, shaping a more interconnected global community.
The Intrinsic Perspective • 25658 implied HN points • 07 Jun 23
  1. Stop striving to create a perfect social media site - it's an unachievable goal.
  2. New social media platforms may start off well, but they often succumb to the same issues as existing ones.
  3. Human nature and the dynamics within social media make it challenging to design a platform that avoids negative behavior.
The Garden of Forking Paths • 2869 implied HN points • 10 Jan 24
  1. The internet largely runs through undersea cables spanning about 900,000 miles, connecting the world in a hidden network.
  2. Early undersea cables were made possible by materials like gutta-percha and played a key role in rapid communication during events like the US Civil War.
  3. Specialized ships lay and repair undersea cables made of fiber optics, and even guard against threats like sharks and sabotage by SCUBA divers.
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends • 339 implied HN points • 11 Mar 24
  1. AI voice scams are emerging, making it hard to trust any media, even phone calls from loved ones
  2. People are turning to AI chatbots for therapy, sparking questions about the essence of human relationships and personal growth
  3. Online groups aiming to improve dating often lead to harmful consequences despite good intentions
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends • 718 implied HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. The Facebook party album from 2008 was a unique sociological spectacle that reflected youth relationships and friendships
  2. Social media platforms have evolved in how they enable users to navigate and express their friendships, from Facebook to Instagram Stories
  3. Modern digital signals of relational closeness, like group chats and Instagram grid posts, continue to play significant roles in mapping friendships
Read Max • 1879 implied HN points • 21 Dec 23
  1. Many feel the internet is less fun now because of changing demographics and shifting cultural preferences.
  2. The internet may not be objectively worse, but it is used differently by various audiences.
  3. The embrace of AI in tech culture is influenced by historical themes of hierarchical society and authoritarian politics.
The Lunduke Journal of Technology • 10330 implied HN points • 05 May 23
  1. When we talk about 'The Cloud', we're really just talking about internet-connected computers.
  2. Artificial Intelligence, like ChatGPT and GitHub Copilot, is essentially copying and repackaging data created by humans.
  3. As AI systems evolve, there's a risk that original human work will be devalued and intelligence may decrease.
Kneeling Bus • 224 implied HN points • 09 Mar 24
  1. The future of the internet may involve a personalized experience with content made just for us, but ultimately, human connection remains a fundamental desire.
  2. Despite the push towards connectivity online, there are also strong forces leading to isolation and individualization in the digital age.
  3. Sports betting apps represent a shift towards solitary engagement even in traditionally communal activities like watching sports, altering how one engages with content and the overall experience.
12challenges • 342 implied HN points • 26 Feb 24
  1. Personal websites provide a way to express oneself independently from big platforms like Instagram and TikTok.
  2. is a directory that helps users search across 7k+ personal sites to find interesting people directly.
  3. The platform combines content from '/about', '/now', and '/ideas' pages on personal sites to create a searchable place for connecting with fascinating individuals.
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends • 658 implied HN points • 30 Jan 24
  1. Forcing ourselves to be constantly engaged with podcasts and media might be hindering our ability to have independent thoughts.
  2. Our constant consumption of content may lead to a passive existence where we are not actively choosing what we listen to, limiting our experiences.
  3. Reflecting on the impact of modern technologies like QR codes in theaters can help us appreciate the changes in our daily interactions and the loss of physical records.
One Thing • 573 implied HN points • 01 Feb 24
  1. Utilize small, alternative search engines that offer unique approaches not influenced by market trends
  2. Consider using unconventional methods when searching, such as leveraging platforms like Reddit for information
  3. Prioritize authentic search experiences, focusing on genuine connections and unique discoveries rather than catering solely to algorithms
Embedded • 452 implied HN points • 09 Feb 24
  1. Millennials are described as the enforcers of internet norms, likened to the role boomers play in society.
  2. Elamin Abdelmahmoud appreciates a wholesome and enjoyable For You page on TikTok, filled with heartwarming content.
  3. When it comes to creating content, Elamin feels uncertain about making TikToks due to struggles with the visual format, fearing he would abuse the 'Millennial pause.'
Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality • 169 implied HN points • 04 Mar 24
  1. It's uncertain how current AML GPT LLMs will be most useful in the future, so spending too much time trying to master them may not be the best approach.
  2. Proper prompting is crucial when working with AML GPT LLMs as they can be capable of more than initially apparent. Good prompts can make tasks that seem impossible into achievable ones.
  3. Understanding the thought processes and effective way to prompt AML GPT LLMs is essential, as their responses can vary based on subtle changes or inadequate prompting.
Everything Is Amazing • 1425 implied HN points • 24 Oct 23
  1. Wikipedia is admired despite occasional inaccuracies because it provides constructive and inspiring information on the internet.
  2. Some Wikipedia articles have turned out to be elaborate hoaxes that fooled editors for years.
  3. While Wikipedia may have flaws and prank edits, its communal and updatable nature highlights a more dynamic and diverse approach to knowledge sharing compared to traditional encyclopedias.
One Thing • 217 implied HN points • 15 Feb 24
  1. The concept of a boutique has evolved from locally-owned stores with unique goods to a term that is overused and often diluted in online advertising.
  2. Boutiques represent a curated taste experience, but their high prices can make them exclusive and inaccessible to many customers.
  3. The internet provides opportunities for boutique-style businesses to reach wider audiences, but it lacks the physical charm and surprise of an in-person boutique.
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends • 838 implied HN points • 25 Nov 23
  1. The author shares a list of personal favorite newsletters, including ones on internet culture, technology, and youth trends.
  2. The post includes a request for reader feedback through a survey to shape future content and projects.
  3. The newsletters recommended cover a range of topics from internet treasures to big-picture cultural analysis, providing readers with varied insights and perspectives.
Where's Your Ed At • 296 implied HN points • 26 Jan 24
  1. The Substack newsletter 'Where's Your Ed At' has permanently moved to Ghost at
  2. Visitors to should now subscribe to the newsletter at the new domain to receive updates.
  3. The move was due to concerns over Substack's handling of content related to Nazis.
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.
Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends • 758 implied HN points • 18 Nov 23
  1. The internet's last great mystery involves identifying a celebrity on old curtains.
  2. Thousands of internet users have been stumped for years by this seemingly trivial mystery.
  3. Advanced tools like AI and facial recognition have failed to solve the mystery of 'Celebrity Number Six.'
chamathreads • 2653 implied HN points • 09 May 23
  1. Regulation of artificial intelligence is essential to manage risks and protect society from potential harms.
  2. Regulating AI can set global standards and prevent censorship on the internet.
  3. Past successful regulatory models, like those in the pharmaceutical industry, demonstrate the importance and effectiveness of oversight.
Archedelia • 2201 implied HN points • 18 May 23
  1. The post discusses how technology is adding unnecessary layers of control, making simple tasks more complicated.
  2. It touches on the idea of these additional layers acting as a tax enforced by private commercial entities.
  3. The post invites readers to subscribe for a 7-day free trial to continue reading and access the full post archives.
The Future, Now and Then • 79 implied HN points • 26 Feb 24
  1. Chris Dixon's book 'Read Write Own' discusses the impact of blockchain technology, but fails to address the potential downsides of Web3 projects and the financial risks involved.
  2. Dixon's vision for Web3 revolves around tokenomics and a future where everyone is an owner and investor, which can lead to increased financial precarity and reliance on speculative investments.
  3. The book highlights Dixon's overconfidence in blockchain technology, lack of detailed understanding of technical aspects, and his past involvement in hyped NFT and play-to-earn ventures, casting doubt on his ability to provide a realistic and innovative vision for the future of the internet.