Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #708

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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: 

  • Pete Philips Launches His Music“A creator I’ve been following for a while is working on his first album. He’s definitely a nerd, and a good indicator of what a modern polymath can achieve. In addition to teasing tracks and showing behind-the-scenes footage, his website includes a music player and a chatbot. Sometimes it’s just fun to share a website from someone who’s clearly put a lot of work in.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The Internet Is Worse Than Ever – Now What? – Kurzgesagt – In A Nutshell – YouTube. “The always-amazing Kurzgesagt tackles the toxicity of the online world, debunking filter bubbles and explaining what’s really going on in our brains that make us angry and polarized. As usual, it’s a concise, entertaining, clear explanation of how many cognitive biases and heuristics – one stacked atop another – conspire to separate us. I wish this were taught in class, with concrete examples.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Very Ordinary Men – Elon Musk And The Court Biographer – The Point. “A delightfully catty takedown of Walter Isaacson‘s biography of Elon Musk, in which the writer and subject get equal attention.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • AI Resources For The Baffled – Paul Ford – Aboard. “A minor internet hero of mine is Paul Ford, writer, thinker and maker. Ages ago – in the early 2000s – he was the webmaster for Harper’s Magazine website, and I recall having several email exchanges with him then, helping me out with something or other I was trying to do. Paul has gone on to do a variety of cool things, most recently launching Aboard, a kind of visual reinvention of collaborative bookmarking (!). Here, Paul and friends are collecting articles, links and more to help you make sense of AI.” (Hugh for Mitch). 
  • The Internet Is About to Get Weird Again – Rolling Stone. “I’ve been a fan and follower of Anil Dash for a long while. Admittedly, the headline for this article in Rolling Stone caught my attention first, but then knowing it Anil was behind the keyboard, I knew it would not be hyperbole. It does seem like everything that we marveled at from the early nineties until a few years ago about the internet has turned sour. From social media to search engines, it smells like there’s something rotten online… always. And, with all of the good, even the trolls and comments can highlight the concept that ‘we can’t have nice things.’ So, where is this all heading? A correction and back to marveling at how all of this interconnectedness can bring us closer and make us smarter, or are we on a steep cliff staring off into the abyss? Weird can be good… weird can be bad… here’s an interesting take…” (Mitch for Alistair). 
  • The Digital Equivalent Of Wearing A Fake Chanel Bag – Garbage Day. “I believe I discovered this article via a LinkedIn post from Arjun Basu (a brilliant mind who understands publishing, content and is an author in his own right). I also like perespectives that aren’t married to my own beliefs. Maybe I am one of the few left online who actually likes reading pieces that I don’t fully agree with? Wouldn’t that be something! Anywho, this articles look at the value of AI art and what it’s actually good for (they’re not a fan). ‘The only real use case for AI art is flooding social media with a bunch of worthless garbage. And the only reason to do that is to advertise something or scam people.’ Ouch. I don’t fully agree… through good prompting and an strong eye for something aesthetic, I think generative AI art is interesting and often better than stock photography (now, that may not be saying much, but for many that’s where the bar is set). What’s your take?” (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on XFacebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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