Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?
My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, FWD50, and Scaletechconf; author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (Rebus Foundation, PressBooks, LibriVox) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see.”
Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another:
- Neural network racing cars around a track – Gigante – YouTube. “Sounds pretty mundane. But if you’re trying to explain machine learning to someone, this is a surprisingly clear example. Give simulated cars very basic information—speed, distance from the things around them—and cull the losers over several generations, allowing a bit of randomness in the behavior. Within a few iterations, you have cars that drive themselves. But if you put an obstacle in their way, it’s back to the drawing board. AI is both powerful and brittle, and examples like this one really help demonstrate that.” (Alistair for Hugh).
- “No one’s laughing at the lenses”, or the service-dominant logic of my new pair of specs – Matt Edgar Writes Here. “Every business is a service business. This is a deep truth that I don’t think companies have really internalized yet. But in an era of abundant order-anything immediate gratification, the service is the only differentiator. It’s the embodiment of brand. This is a great read for anyone thinking deeply about marketing in the 2020s.” (Alistair for Mitch).
- “We don’t know which one is our home” – Town digs out of 6 meters of snow – The Weather Network. “Winter got you down? Six inches of snow piling up? Six feet? Try six meters!” (Hugh for Alistair).
- No Ghost in the Machine – The American Scholar. “It’s hard to figure out whether AI is the most over-hyped BS or the scariest thing in our near-future. Maybe it’s both.” (Hugh for Mitch).
- Rebekah Neumann’s Search For Enlightenment Fueled WeWork’s Collapse – Bustle. “I’m not sure whether these stories keep coming out because the WeWork story just gets crazier and crazier, or if the story is so crazy that more and more journalists are jokeying to create the craziest story, in hopes of it getting optioned in Hollywood. Regardless… this is some crazy stuff right here…” (Mitch for Alistair).
- Coronavirus – The Passionate Eye – CBC. “There is enough apocalyptic and scary news about the virus. Leave it to the CBC to create fair and balanced content about what’s happening (and how to think about this virus). Enough fear-mongering. What happened? How did it evolve? What are the facts? Take a look…” (Mitch for Hugh).