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fw: Idea Machines ⚗️& losing sleep over Java

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a weekly list of goodies, ideas, pieces of research, principles, models, and other random stuff curated by Robert

fiery stuff I've been ingesting
  1. Idea machines: Effective Altruism is the strongest example of what I think of as an Idea Machine: a network of operators, thinkers, and funders, centered around an ideology, that’s designed to turn ideas into outcomes. /// beware - there are some limitations to it
  2. NVIDIA’s Robot AI Finally Enters The Real World
  3. First image of Earth taken from outer space
  4. The Event Horizon Telescope network has captured the second-ever direct image of a black hole — called Sagittarius A* — at the centre of the Milky Way.
  5. 4K 60fps Japanese Countryside Walking Tour
  6. The tallest man ever (video)
  7. Maker’s schedule, manager schedule
  8. Life advice from Tim Urban
  9. Intensity of preference
  10. The marathon monks of Japan: the world’s toughest ultramarathon
Finally linking a piece I enjoyed: Beauty after Covid
“Lex Fridman talks about love a lot, and I think this is his answer. It’s a pretty common one. Maybe it’s even the tautological answer. Beyond the narrow interhuman definition of love, there’s love for nature, love for simplicity, love for truth, and love for winning. Love is beautiful.
But here we are in 2022, and Moloch is what’s left. When we are all atomized, work from home, entertainment from home, economic units. I like to think I’d resist wireheading, but would I really? Go read the above linked piece. “If everyone hates the current system, who perpetuates it?
Sorry I don’t have answers. But when you see smart people turning away from democracy and liberalism, I hope you understand why. The system doesn’t seem to believe in beauty, and so many people have no values outside the system.
If there really is a narrative controller, and you’d like to keep power, you can’t keep doing this.
Crypto and decentralization are tools for a low trust society. Is that the best we can hope for?
Exit is probably the best we can hope for. I know many people have been saying this, it’s just hard to accept. It’s all cycles, this is how the world breathes.
Now we need the leaders of this new world. A positive vision for the future. Beauty. Love. Culture builders. I haven’t really met these people. I don’t think I’m strong enough to do it, I lack conscientiousness. We need the strong men that are built by weak societies. In many ways my life was too nice. We don’t need too many, so perhaps it’s okay that I haven’t met them, but I hope to God they are out there.
It’s time for real honest debates about the future of humanity. Personally, I believe in technological liberation. I will spend my life fighting for it. But there might be other answers and my mind is always open. I support diversity. The monoculture sucks.”
tweets for thought
Reuters Pictures
The Pulitzer Prize for feature photography is awarded to Adnan Abidi, Sanna Irshad Mattoo, Amit Dave and the late Danish Siddiqui of Reuters for the coverage of COVID in India
Сергій Волина
@elonmusk people say you come from another planet to teach people to believe in the impossible.
Our planets are next to each other, as I live where it is nearly impossible to survive.
Help us get out of Azovstal to a mediating country. If not you, then who? Give me a hint.
Internal Tech Emails
Bill Gates: I'm literally losing sleep over Java

September 30, 1996
"No meetings before 11am. No meetings when emails or calls will do. Don’t schedule calls, text coordinate them on the fly when possible. Cram all meetings into two days a week. 1-on-1s are usually 30-minute walking meetings.(Meetings are the death of productivity)"

Harsh Makadia
Twitter is a free university.

But 98.8% don’t follow the right people.

Here are 27 must-follow accounts to 5x your web development journey:
YouTube archives
Rational improvisation
Rational improvisation
study like Leonardo da Vinci painting the future (playlist)
study like Leonardo da Vinci painting the future (playlist)
war stories 🇺🇦
Disclaimer: There is no such thing as unbiased news. You can call it “less biased news”. There are numerous other biases that can influence news reporting too.
Overt political bias is probably the least concerning aspect of a democracy because it is simple to identify and weigh. 
The more concerning biases in news reporting today are those that are more subtle, such as financial incentives and self-censorship of topics. Many topics are simply not covered, and the mainstream media does not question why.
some stuff I was reading
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Other places
(͡ ͡° ͜ つ ͡͡°) Telegram group for me to save & share random stuff that might be useful — I find it to be slightly easier vs. Discord for now, but we will see.
— Robert
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