Day: March 3, 2023

What’s about AI?

This post is by Om Malik from On my Om

black and white robot toy on red wooden table
Photo by Andrea De Santis on Unsplash

Grand places help me get proper context — when juxtaposed against the vastness and timeliness of the planet we call home, the human construct is merely just that – an edifice, a reflection of our selfish need to scream: I am! 

And nothing prays louder to this narcissism is the current obsession with AI, a technology generating as much fear as it inspires fabulous. In our world where hype trumps deliberations, we forget that technology is there to augment us — and if we want to obliterate us. A wheel takes us afar, and it runs us over. Telephone connects, and it makes us vulnerable to proverbial Jordan Belforts. Atomic bomb kills at an inhuman scale, yet the same technology can be harnessed to produce energy to power our world. 

Intelligence can be artificial. Or it can be a tool to help humans survive a more complex, more connected world that is moving ever so faster. I have said this and will say it again; we have to stop fearing AI. After decades of being a tech watcher, I believe we need optimism to move forward. But we don’t have to be blind to its problems. A bit of skepticism is good because we humans have our fallacies, like technology. 

My two columns on AI for:

The New Yorker: The hype and hope – of Artificial Intelligence. (2016)

The Spectator: We should stop worrying and learn to love AI. (2022)

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Mapped: Which Countries Get the Most Paid Vacation Days? 

This post is by Freny Fernandes from Visual Capitalist

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Countries with most paid vacation days

Mapped: Which Countries Get the Most Paid Vacation Days?

Whether it’s a day off in lieu of a national holiday, a religious festival, or simply a mandated minimum for paid vacation days, there are different rules in each country that set the base threshold of paid time off for workers. analyzed the laws on statutory paid leave and paid public holidays in every country around the world and created these graphics to reveal the minimum amount of vacation days employees are entitled to (at least on paper).

Countries With the Most and Least Paid Vacation

The data in the study focuses in on two types of paid leave: public holidays and paid vacation days. Combine them together and you have the total amount of paid leave.

Here’s how the numbers break down on both ends of the spectrum:

RankCountries With Most Paid VacationTotal Vacation DaysCountries With Least Paid VacationTotal Vacation Days
2San Marino46Nauru10
3Yemen45United States10
17Maldives41 (Read more...)

How to Build & Develop a Venture Capital Firm with Peter Hebert of Lux Capital

This post is by MPD from @MPD - Medium

On this week’s episode we’re going back to our interview roots as we focus solely on a guest interview. For the chat, I sit down with Peter Hebert — Co-Founder & Managing General Partner of Lux Capital — to discuss strategies on how to build and develop a venture capital firm. Lux has been around for a long time and is one of the premier VCs out there so Peter — as usual — shares some great insights. Enjoy!


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My eight years on the OpenAI board

This post is by Reid Hoffman from Reid Hoffman

AI, like most transformative technologies, grows gradually, then arrives suddenly. Headlines make AI feel abrupt and singular when it’s compared to a tidal wave, revolution or tectonic shift. In actuality, foundational work in AI has been going on since the 1950s. For more than a decade, Greylock has invested in AI startups, such as CrestaSnorkel AIAdept AI Labs, and Inflection AI, one that I personally co-founded. OpenAI started in 2015—the same year I invested and joined its board.

With all that’s been built over decades, the landscape has changed drastically over the last few years. Personally, I haven’t been this excited since I first started understanding the power of online social platforms. There’s so much afoot: The mainstream adoption of AI is happening now. Advancements like LLMs are amplifying the abilities and productivity of humans. There are future trillion-dollar companies being built and invested in right now, which will not only change markets, but launch new ones.

With all the possibilities ahead, it’s important to think beyond any one application, company, industry when it comes to AI, because I believe its impact will be on a much greater magnitude.

It’s with that in mind, that I’ve decided to step back from the OpenAI board. I made this decision after months of conversations with Sam, Greylock colleagues, and friends. There are a few reasons:

As OpenAI’s APIs become more important to the next wave of AI applications, Greylock and I will be investing in companies, like Tome and  (Read more...)

Law and order

This is Joseph.

Even the Libertarians get why this is a problem:

But, at the same time, people seem to be completely able to understand why cracking down on turnstile jumping is bad. Matt has a longer piece on why fake license plates are bad and the list of reasons is actually pretty cogent. In addition to lost revenue, there is a real issue with criminals using lax enforcement to make moving stolen cars substantially easier. 

Reading the comments, people love to introduce the red herring that front plates are not required by every state. Y'know, there are places with free transit. It does not make jumping turnstiles in New York legal by osmosis. Or there is the question of whether it is snitching or acting like a "Karen".

But my least favorite argument is this one:

First, the real poor do not drive German luxury cars. They ride public transit. Second, if the reason that people are using fake tags is because they can't afford real tags, that is an income problem that I would be happy to address. Waive fees for low income car owners by increasing them for high income car owners? I mean these costs are trivial compared to car insurance, and are on the order of a tank of gas. There will be somebody who is immiserated by these costs but they are in deep (Read more...)

The generosity of concealment

This post is by Seth Godin from Seth's Blog

Human beings never reveal all of our emotions.

We don’t simply blurt out the first thing that pops into our head in a meeting, or insult someone upon meeting them. We’re able to give people the benefit of the doubt (which requires doubt before we can offer the benefit) and to plan for the long haul.

And yet we do this essential work without thinking about it or working to get better at it.

When we’re engaging with someone, both sides benefit. And a key part of our contribution to the interaction is a willingness to conceal emotions that would undermine the efforts of our partner in this work.

There’s a lot to be said for honesty and directness. But concealment can be a generous tool if it helps everyone get to where they need to go.