Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #521

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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, Interesting Bits, 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: 

  • Memos – Sriram Krishnan. “Public communications are often sanitized. But memos and messages—from a CEO to employees, or from one competitor to another, or in the midst of politics—are fascinating. This collection of notable communications is well worth perusing.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Speak, Memory – The Verge. “When Eugenia Kuyda lost her husband, Roman, far too soon, she fed his past messages into a neural network at her AI startup, just to have one more chance to speak with him. Right out of a Black Mirror script, but real. The ethics and temptations to reanimate our friends is just dawning on us—could a Kardashian-obsessed fan create their own captive starlet? Could a digital doppelganger limit our ability to move on from tragedy?” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Scientists develop AI that can turn brain activity into text – The Guardian. “We’re going to have to get even more careful about pressing (or thinking) send.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Epic and Honest Mobile Home Commercial – Rhett & Link -YouTube. “A great commercial.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • How Humanity Has Unleashed a Flood of Zoonotic Diseases – The New York Times Magazine. “I am just as tired of everyone else from the measures that have been put in place during this Covid 19 pandemic. While I see some of the benefits (family, connections, slowing down…), it’s beginning to weigh on me. I want to get back to work (desperately). I want the kids to have their summer… and much, much more. It pains me that wearing masks have become politicized. It pains me that science is now questionable. It pains me that people are not listening to the science, and we’re seeing another spike in certain parts of the world. This article elevates the pandemic. It’s about humans and what we have done… and what we could do. Very interesting and timely read. I hope people read it thinking more about science and less about politics.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Joe Rogan Experience #1492 – Jocko Willink. “What does a country need? What does a divided country need? What does leadership look like? How do we solve problems of leadership? How do we get citizens to see one another as neighbors (and not the enemy). I don’t know what happened here, but for close to three hours I got sucked into this conversation. It made me realize a few things. One, Joe Rogan really is one of the most interesting and talented human beings alive today (from stand-up comedy and sport commentating to podcasting and acting and beyond). Two, Jocko Willink cuts right to the situation with pragmatic strategies (no time to mess around). Three, as a Canadian, there is just so much that I don’t understand about the US, their politics, racism, the concept of ‘freedom’ and more. Four, I need to keep listening to different voices and perspectives more often.” (Mitch for Hugh).

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