All roads lead to...well, shit

An issue about money, love, and money again (#426)

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1. Tiktok's enshittification

Why is your Facebook timeline full of posts you don't want to see? Why is Google's and Amazon's search littered with bad results? Why are Twitter and TikTok pushing certain content and throttling other? Well, money, obviously. Or, as Cory Doctorow calls it: enshittification. An excellent essay that explains how all large internet platforms inevitably become «a useless pile of shit».

Pluralistic: Tiktok’s enshittification (21 Jan 2023) – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow

2. Looking for Alice

If you're dating, have ever dated, or plan to date anytime in the future, you should read this. «The type of person I’m assuming we’re looking for here is 1) someone that you will find fascinating to talk to after you’ve talked for 20,000 hours, 2) you feel comfortable with them talking through the hardest and most painful decisions you will face in your life, and 3) the conversation is wildly generative for both of you, in that it brings you out, helps you become.»

Looking for Alice
Not dating

3. The Art and Science of Spending Money

This turned out to be a lot more interesting that the title suggested. It's not advice on how to spend money well. Instead, it presents a number of ways of thinking about money. I liked this idea: A lot of people have no idea what kind of spending will make them happy. Because they haven’t tried enough new and strange forms of spending. (Have you, for example, ever tried spending money on a newsletter membership? 😉)

The Art and Science of Spending Money
Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch once nearly died of a heart attack.

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4. Why the world needs a Ukrainian victory

In case someone needed a reminder.

Why the world needs Ukrainian victory
Fifteen reasons

5. AI Cookbook — Techniques to improve reliability

The current hype phase of artificial intelligence makes it easy to find confirmation for your preconceptions. It's easy to find examples that make it look extremely capable. It's just as easy to find examples where it looks embarrassingly clueless. Where it gets really interesting is in between: the techniques humans can use to elicit more accurate answers from the AI when it fails on its own (for example, by telling it to «think step by step» or, funny enough, «don't make stuff up»).

openai-cookbook/ at main · openai/openai-cookbook
Examples and guides for using the OpenAI API. Contribute to openai/openai-cookbook development by creating an account on GitHub.

What else?

An exceptionally slender crescent Earth, taken in November 1969 by the crew of Apollo 12 on their way home. On the top left, the sun. Throughout the year, I will end each newsletter with an image of this amazing series, a true reminder of the beauty — and fragility — of the planet we live on. Credit: NASA, edited by Toby Ord.

Thanks for reading. I wish you a nice weekend and hope to see you again next Friday!

— David 👋