The hottest Progress Substack posts right now

And their main takeaways
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Marcus on AI β€’ 1380 implied HN points β€’ 16 Mar 24
  1. There seems to be a possible plateau in GPT-4's capability, with no one decisively beating it yet.
  2. Despite challenges, there has been progress in discovering applications and putting GPT-4 type models into practice.
  3. Companies are finding putting Large Language Models into real-world use challenging, with many initial expectations proving unrealistic.
Slow Boring β€’ 7429 implied HN points β€’ 23 Oct 23
  1. The fallacy of assuming all technological progress is inherently good is a common mistake.
  2. The nuclear energy industry faced significant opposition in the 1970s, impacting energy policies and environmental outcomes.
  3. While technological progress is vital, it is crucial to acknowledge that technology can have negative impacts that need to be addressed.
Faster, Please! β€’ 731 implied HN points β€’ 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 Common Reader β€’ 1098 implied HN points β€’ 02 Feb 24
  1. Ely Cathedral showcases the evolution of architectural progress from Romanesque to Gothic styles.
  2. The transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture highlights the significant engineering improvements that allowed for artistic advancements.
  3. The beauty and grandeur of Gothic architecture in Ely Cathedral represent a high point in Western architectural history.
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The Joyous Struggle β€’ 671 implied HN points β€’ 05 Oct 23
  1. The Inner Development Goals (IDGs) were created in response to the failure to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aim to enhance human capacity.
  2. The IDGs are challenged for their perceived emphasis on personal growth as a means of achieving goodness, their modernist perspective, and their alignment with existing power structures.
  3. Critics question whether the IDGs are truly disruptive and transformative or if they reinforce immunity to change by not addressing systemic risks and structural injustices.
Atlas of Wonders and Monsters β€’ 593 implied HN points β€’ 03 Aug 23
  1. Sometimes telling people something is possible, even if you're unsure, can lead to faster progress in finding solutions.
  2. Encouraging the pursuit of crazy ideas, even if they may not be true, can spark innovation and breakthroughs.
  3. Distorting facts slightly to make crazy ideas seem less crazy could potentially inspire more discovery and creativity.
Venture Prose β€’ 379 implied HN points β€’ 28 May 23
  1. Ownership is key: Acknowledge mistakes, apologize, reflect, and avoid blaming others. It's important to take full responsibility.
  2. Increase awareness: Connect and interact with others, understand their needs, and reflect on yourself. Being self-aware is crucial for healthy relationships.
  3. Embrace progress over success: Failure is part of the journey, and the ability to grow and evolve is vital. Avoid getting stuck in a fixed mindset and strive for continuous improvement.
The Global Jigsaw β€’ 98 implied HN points β€’ 10 Nov 23
  1. In Delhi, the air pollution season is a serious health concern causing significant reductions in life expectancy.
  2. Both Beijing and Delhi face severe air pollution issues due to a combination of factors like geography, industrial sources, and weather.
  3. China has made significant progress in addressing air pollution through coordinated efforts including monitoring, pollution abatement, and restrictions on industries like coal-fired power plants.
Shades of Greaves β€’ 393 implied HN points β€’ 15 Mar 23
  1. The author reflects on their five-year writing journey, from initial rejections to significant career milestones, showing that progress in writing takes time and perseverance.
  2. They compare their first and most recent submissions to McSweeney's, highlighting improvements in storytelling and satire techniques over the years.
  3. Through self-critique and analysis, the author demonstrates the importance of continuously learning and evolving as a writer, emphasizing that growth and skill development in writing occur over years and decades.
Extropic Thoughts β€’ 39 implied HN points β€’ 17 Oct 23
  1. In transhumanism, the focus is on continual improvement, not on reaching perfection or paradise.
  2. The concept of perfection as a static state goes against the principles of transhumanism, which emphasizes perpetual progress.
  3. Critics often misinterpret transhumanism as seeking a utopia or ideal state, but in reality, transhumanists aim for continuous advancement towards 'extropia'.
Am I Stronger Yet? β€’ 43 HN points β€’ 19 Sep 23
  1. The AI explosion may not happen as many expect due to a limit in recursive self-improvement.
  2. Feedback loops often lead to growth, but eventually encounter limiting factors like diminishing returns.
  3. AI progress may accelerate as AIs reach superhuman levels, but challenges like data limitations and increasing complexity may prevent a full-blown singularity.
Seeking Tribe β€’ 16 implied HN points β€’ 25 Oct 23
  1. Techno-optimists should consider how their ideas can improve the lives of people in small towns and communities.
  2. Progress should not just be about grand technological advancements, but also about improving daily life for everyone.
  3. The best future is one that enables various positive outcomes simultaneously, including greater prosperity and opportunities for all.
Basta’s Notes β€’ 40 implied HN points β€’ 09 Apr 23
  1. The author is updating followers about recent activities and plans on their newsletter.
  2. The author is renovating their garage and upgrading for electrification to accommodate new electric vehicles.
  3. The author has purchased a new electric motorcycle and is excited to share more about it and post motorcycle content.
Lowly Midwestern Engineer's Newsletter β€’ 44 implied HN points β€’ 17 Feb 23
  1. People expect AI to be perfect now, but we should focus on its value and improvement trends.
  2. AI has already changed lives in various fields like content creation, natural language search, and driving experiences.
  3. AI technology is rapidly improving, with bigger and more efficient models being developed, leading to potential future models that could outperform humans.
The Permanent Problem β€’ 7 implied HN points β€’ 28 Feb 23
  1. Faith can be a choice, a fundamental relationship with the world around us, defined by saying yes to life despite challenges.
  2. Rediscovering faith in progress can lead to gratitude for past achievements and a sense of obligation to work towards future advancements.
  3. In American civil religion, acknowledging past flaws while embracing the country's founding ideals can help restore faith in the nation and its promise.
DYNOMIGHT INTERNET NEWSLETTER β€’ 3 HN points β€’ 21 Mar 23
  1. GPT-2 likely required around 10^21 FLOPs to train, involving various estimates and approaches.
  2. The BlueGene/L supercomputer from 2005 could have trained GPT-2 in about 41 days, showcasing the progress in computing power.
  3. The development of large language models like GPT-2 was a gradual process influenced by evolving ideas, funding, and technology, distinct from targeted moon landing projects.
Embracing Enigmas β€’ 3 HN points β€’ 28 Mar 23
  1. Understand the different categories of AI information: technology improvements, applications, and observations.
  2. Control your reaction to the fast pace of AI by focusing on the long term and your actual problems.
  3. Operate on a different timeline, filter information, and be proactive in understanding AI advancements to cope with the pace of progress.
The Uncommon Executive β€’ 0 implied HN points β€’ 29 Feb 24
  1. Diverse teams bring more innovation and better performance to companies. Having more women executives positively impacts business performance and innovation.
  2. There is still a lack of diversity in top executive positions, with white males dominating Fortune 100 companies. Women and minorities face challenges in advancing to executive roles.
  3. To overcome challenges as a minority aspiring executive, focus on your unique value proposition, break big goals into manageable steps, and find support from like-minded individuals.