Rami's Readings #3
Generative AI, Analog Buttons, Tang Dynasty and more.
Welcome to Rami’s Readings #3 - a weekly digest of interesting articles, videos, Twitter threads from my various sources across the Internet. Expect a list of reads covering technology, business, fashion, travel and more. Learn about what I do at ramisayar.com/about.
🤖 AI Reads
Get ready for a whole new future led by AI technology
Notes: A perspective on generative AI from Vidya Mahambare, Professor of Economics at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai.
AI will change how we operate and place a premium on human skills that machines fall short of
How ‘radioactive data’ could help reveal malicious AIs
Notes: A must read this week.
One positive account of the impact of ChatGPT:
While simultaneously, there is also fear:
💻 Hardware Reads
Study Suggests That Hardware Buttons in Cars Are Safer and Quicker to Use Than Touchscreens
Notes: Physical > Touchscreen buttons for task completion under time pressure.
The Swedish magazine found that the 2005 Volvo far outperformed the modern, infotainment screen equipped cars, with a driver completing all four tasks in just ten seconds and 1,000 feet traveled.
Apple’s MicroLED dream: what it means for the Apple Watch and beyond
The organic compound in OLED displays has a limited lifespan and still comes with at least some chance of permanent burn-in — even if it’s barely a factor on modern high-end TVs.
💼 Business Reads
Powell: The Fed is Independent but for that Reason Must be Limited
Notes: Jerome Powell articulates the importance of Fed independence
An excellent and forceful speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. He defends the Fed’s independence but clearly and directly argues that the only way that deal can be credible is if the Fed stays out of big political issues.
A Dutch supermarket chain introduced slow checkouts for people who enjoy chatting, helping many people, especially the elderly, deal with loneliness. The move has proven so successful that they installed the slow checkouts in 200 stores.
Notes: Loneliness is a global epidemic.
U.S. Moves to Bar Noncompete Agreements in Labor Contracts
Notes: A big deal for employees everywhere.
🎨 Culture Reads
AI-Generated Stills From a Movie That Doesn’t Exist: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1976 Version of ‘Tron’
Notes: Culture application of generative AI.
Time to assume that health research is fraudulent until proven otherwise?
Notes: Interesting analysis - the pressure to publish seems to extend outside North America.
Three Women Who Changed the Tang Dynasty
Notes: Fascinating history!
Safari is released to the world
Notes: KHTML powering Safari was a shocker in the tech culture world at the time (2013).
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