May 20, 2024

Words without thoughts

People use words as a proxy for thoughts. LLMs generate words without thoughts.

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April 18, 2024

AI isn't useless. But is it worth it?


When I boil it down, I find my feelings about AI are actually pretty similar to my feelings about blockchains: they do a poor job of much of what people try to do with them, they can’t do the things their creators claim they one day might, and many of the things they are well suited to do may not be altogether that beneficial. And while I do think that AI tools are more broadly useful than blockchains, they also come with similarly monstrous costs.

But I find one common thread among the things AI tools are particularly suited to doing: do we even want to be doing these things? If all you want out of a meeting is the AI-generated summary, maybe that meeting could’ve been an email. If you’re using AI to write your emails, and your recipient is using AI to read them, could you maybe cut out the whole thing entirely? If mediocre, auto-generated reports are passing muster, is anyone actually reading them? Or is it just middle-management busywork?

January 27, 2024

When measures meet reality

"A Nation at Risk" caused outrage and panic over the state of education despite illuminating pervasive discrepancies for the first time.

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January 5, 2024

Fixing Autocorrect Woes

Every few months, my iPhone’s keyboard degrades. Resetting the keyboard dictionary helps.

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January 3, 2024

Digital Minimalism Book Takeaways

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport has many strategies to help reprioritize your time, attention, and relationship to technology.

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December 23, 2023

Experimenting on myself

I can convince myself to stick with anything if I tell myself it’s only a week-long experiment.
For the past 6 weeks, each Monday morning I’ve settled on a new weekly experiment

I have so many things I’ve planned to start “next week” (eating better, going to the gym, writing). A week-long experiment sounds like a way to get out of the infinite “next week” loop.

December 19, 2023

What kind of bubble is AI?


Just take one step back and look at the hype through this lens. All the big, exciting uses for AI are either low-dollar (helping kids cheat on their homework, generating stock art for bottom-feeding publications) or high-stakes and fault-intolerant (self-driving cars, radiology, hiring, etc.).

September 13, 2023

Should I use AI in my classroom?

Considerations before jumping aboard the AI train.

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