A bad day for cynicism, corruption, and evil

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For years now, it’s been hard to be a citizen. Cynical and corrupt people appeared to be succeeding in using modern media tools to bamboozle and subvert the political desires of normal, rational folks. In short, it has seemed as if there’s no penalty for lying, deception, and outright lawbreaking. I have wanted to believe … Continued

ChatGPT is a bullshitter

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Imagine that you had a friend who was a fairly good conversationalist but whose often got facts wrong. What would you think of such a person? Because that is what ChatGPT is. A bullshitter. This, surprisingly, is not a criticism. As it turns out, the AI required to figure out how to write a convincing … Continued

Wasted writing

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It happens to all of us. We write a few paragraphs, a few pages, a chapter and then say “Ah, this isn’t working at all.” The whole purpose of planning is to avoid this wasted work. Planners waste less prose, while pantsers (seat-of-the-pants writers) waste lots of prose. But there’s always some waste. Sure, the … Continued

ChatGPT: AI is now a decent writer. So you need to be better.

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I’ve been playing around with ChatGPT, an AI writing tool from Open AI. It is amazing. In contrast to previous AI writing tools, which were transparently awful, this one is quite good. I am not an AI expert, so don’t ask me how it works. I am a writing expert, so my question is this: … Continued

How to respond to an annoying edit

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Actually, that headline is redundant. All edits are annoying. If you care about your writing, that means you probably thought it was pretty good. So who is this other person to come in and change it? Who do they think they are? Well, they’re the person whose job it is to make your writing the … Continued

Change your trajectory

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I’ve spent a lot of time with some old people in a retirement community this week. What strikes me is that many elements of who they are were set long ago. It’s not that they can’t learn new things. Far from it. There is an enormous amount of learning going on here. They go to … Continued

How can you blog every day?

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Wrong question. How can you not blog every day? What work did you do today? What did you learn from that? Surely you learned something. Is it something others could benefit from learning? What did you read today? Did you agree with it? Why? Did you disagree? How would you explain what was wrong about … Continued

Disruption wins — except when it loses

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Disruptive innovation requires viewing the world differently from conventional wisdom. Disruptors who succeed manage to change the conventional wisdom. Disruptors who fail end up victims of the conventional wisdom. And that includes the conventional wisdom inherent in government regulation Disruptors who ignored the rules YouTube was built on pirated, copyrighted content. It violated rules and … Continued