Where to invest money, what skills to develop and more - internet advertising, EV, electric bicycles, the Uber crisis, current state of AI, Netflix’ business strategy, philosophy of identity and Zuckerberg’s political manifesto.
🔮 Current state of AI - a list of what AI can already do today. The list is long. Many of those ideas are still at early R&D stage, but initial results are promising. I think that the best way to consider AI at right now is to view it as a set of practical, focused solutions which solve very specific problems, rather than in the metaphysical sense of an omnipotent entity which can solve every single problem of humanity or may also be a potential threat to humans.
👭 At the beginning of January, Derek Parfit, the philosopher, passed away. Vox described his main hypotheses on morals, identity and effective altruism. His thoughts about identity are very interesting. For a long time i have been thinking what picture should be placed on a person’s gravestone. Should this be a picture of the person when they were young, middle aged or one showing what they looked like before they passed away? Will people remember us for who we were? What if in the last 20 years of our life we’re suffering from dementia and we become less of ourselves in terms of character and behavior? Who are we then? An average of the person we have been in our lifetime? At which moment of our lives are we the mostly ourselves? When do we reach the “peak me”? Parfit argued that “it doesn’t matter” and draws significant ethical consequences (effective altruism). It’s fascinating.