Don’t use AI to automate your prose, use it to automate your research.
Really digging the Wallace-esque footnote formatting on these. I think it would be fun to see an edition of the newsletter that was like two paragraphs followed by 4k words of footnotes. I'd immediately pay another $40 a month to be able to connect ChatGPT to my Evernote and just conversationally chat with it.
World-class, cutting-edge thinking, Michael, matched by your pitch-perfect writing style. Thank you.
You are too kind Michael. For the record, it was an honor to bring what I know of my Latin heritage to the Greek world you had already brought to the page. I would attribute any illusion of my encyclopedic knowledge to an early learning of sed, grep, awk and some basic data structures. All tools future writers will hopefully not need for aggregating and parsing civilization spanning volumes of information.
This sentence is spot on:
"Like all new technologies, it will create a gap between those who harness the technology and those who don’t."
The Dean does it again! Hope all is well with you man!
"Like all new technologies, it will create a gap between those who harness the technology and those who don’t.¹⁶" I am leaning toward the side of the gap that you predict is going to be left behind. One of the "who don't" hold outs. But somehow I like that idea. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's just my age. I have an old-school feeling that the information I don't have, the quotes I can't recall, and the common knowledge I never retrieved might, in ten years time, provide a moment of quirky delight for somebody who discovers that they like to read writing that is not cluttered with relevancy.
This is excellent, Michael. Will check out re:collect immediately, thank you! Sounds like a paradigm shift. And in the awesomeness of it all, this had me think and laugh so hard my head’s in pain: “A hundred lifetimes of synthetic wisdom is prepared in the time it takes for you to release a single bowel movement.” :)
Sir, how do I get into re:collect? I've requested access several times (maybe that's why?)