Nick Cave on AI and ChatGPT

ChatGPT’s melancholy role is that it is destined to imitate and can never have an authentic human experience, no matter how devalued and inconsequential the human experience may in time become.

Issue #218 – The Red Hand Files

Posts lambasting AI as replacement for all art are my favorites to read just after the ones about crypto failures. Here’s to hoping the human experience doesn’t become devalued and inconsequential.

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Jack Dorsey on Musk buying Twitter

The 45-year-old, who co-founded the company in 2006 and floated it on the New York Stock Exchange in 2013, said it has been “owned” by Wall Street and that Musk’s deal struck on Monday to take it private was the “correct first step”.

However, Dorsey, who stepped down as Twitter chief executive in November and will receive a $978m payout for his 2.4% stake when the deal is completed later this year, said that ultimately “in principle I don’t believe anyone should own or run Twitter”.

Weird how that works.

Source: Twitter takeover: EU and UK warn Elon Musk must comply or face sanctions | Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian

The Token Disconnect

On the most basic human level, I suspect our generation still hasn’t processed our shared collective trauma of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis and our anger is now still coming out in very unhealthy ways. With crypto we’ve decided to do the most American thing ever, to commoditize our rage at the financial system into a financial product. Because after all, we’re just temporarily embarrassed millionaires and the only problem with CDOs wasn’t the moral hazard, but that you didn’t have a piece of the action.

Source: The Token Disconnect

‘I would like to be paid like a plumber’

Steve Albini’s letter to Nirvana before recording In Utero is a perfect example of how to explain client fit. Albini knows exactly what he wants to make and is able to clearly outline why you would or would not want to work with him.

There’s a benefit to being able to describe your services in a way that makes people either yell “hell yes” or “no”.

I also loved this choice quote at the end:

If a record takes more than a week to make, somebody’s fucking up.

I Got My First COVID Shot Today

On a recent podcast, I was asked, “what’s your superpower?” I said it was problem solving. Which is true, but I also happen to be married to the best problem solver I know. We got our shots today thanks to her skills in finding ones that were going to be thrown out. Here’s to hoping that every shot gets us closer to getting out of this mess.