Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #582

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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: 

  • Ghosts – Believer Magazine“We’re starting to see human-computer collaborative art, and this beautifully touching obituary from a sister who couldn’t bring herself to talk of a death without prompts from an algorithm really shows what’s possible. These ghosts are haunting because of how they emerge, iteratively, through retelling and correction.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Bad News – Harper’s Magazine. “Fake news isn’t a new thing, as this excellent piece points out. It’s a great reminder that while tech has amplified some fundamental issues with truth and facts, it’s by no means a new phenomenon—and learning about it in context changes how we might solve it.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • A Complete Tour of My Off-grid Homestead – Traplines and Inlines – YouTube. “I just spent two weeks camping on a little island on a lake in Ontario, and sometimes I dream of having a hardcore Northern Ontario accent, and living off-grid in the bush.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Deepfake Maps Could Really Mess With Your Sense of the World – Wired. “I thought all we had to worry about was deepfake videos of world leaders.  Never thought about maps…” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • The State of the World – Making Sense – Sam Harris. “I’m not one to post depressing content, but this was just too good to not share (and the silver linings are everywhere in this conversation). In this episode of Sam Harris’ podcast he has a conversation with Dambisa Moyo (the author of books like Edge of Chaos, Winner Take All, How Boards Work, and more). Dambisa is brilliant, and this conversation will help you think about our world beyond the tips of our own noses. Who is Dambisa? ‘Born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia, Moyo holds a Ph.D. in economics from Oxford University and a master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She worked for the World Bank as a consultant, at Goldman Sachs, and serves on a variety of corporate boards. She regularly contributes to the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine’ This episode will you speechless.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • The Ugliness of Comic Sans Has a Practical Use – Literary Hub. “Is there a font more hated than Comic Sans? I think not. I can fall deep down the rabbit-hole when it comes to typography and, more importantly, the power of a simple font to help us solve complex problems (if you don’t think that’s possible, I recommend watching the documentary, Helvetica). Here’s a great read about when a font goes wrong, but maybe it’s still doing the job it was intended for?” (Mitch for Hugh). 

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