Writing worth reading - 25th/26th March 2023
“As children, they were integrated with exceptional adults – and taken seriously by them. When the five-year-old Bertrand Russell refused to believe the Earth was round, his grandparents didn’t laugh; they called in the vicar of the parish to reason him out of his misconception. The guardians of these brilliant people had high expectations of their charges, assuming they had the capacity to understand complex topics and to grow competent rapidly. They therefore invited them into serious conversations and meaningful work ...”
“‘We haven’t seen much in the way of longer term, cogent strategy,’ one employee said. Most of our time is dedicated to three main areas: putting out fires (mostly caused by firing the wrong people and trying to recover from that), performing impossible tasks, and ‘improving efficiency’ without clear guidelines of what the expected end results are. We mostly move from dumpster fire to dumpster fire, from my perspective ...”
“Look, I think there are always parallels. And then there are always things that are a little bit idiosyncratic. And the mistake that most people make is to talk way too much about the similarities, and not about the very subtle nuances that make them different. And so it's super easy and understandable to talk about OpenAI as like, ‘Ah, yes, this is going to be just like the cloud computing battles. And there's going to be several of these platforms, and you'll just use one as an API.’ But there are a bunch of things about it that are also super different, and there are going to be very different feature choices that people make. The clouds are quite different in some ways, but you put something up, and it gets served. I think there will be much more of a spread between the various AI offerings …”
“Buy multiples of common use items. Nail clippers, scissors, screwdrivers, lighters, tape, etc. Spending a little extra to put one in each room is better than searching every room, drawer, and cupboard when the need arises …”
‘Find Your 9others’
From the blurb:
If you could sit down to dinner with some of the world's most ambitious startup entrepreneurs, what would you ask them?
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