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GDP, AI Interaction design, and the AP Stylebook
From an article in Wired, When bike lanes were added on a street in Queens, there was a significant increase in sales on that street, but the merchants didn't believe it.
Really interesting! Apparently with the game of Go, the opposite occurred, the best got better, the worst didn't improve much. I guess new techniques revealed by AI are hard to use if you're still a beginner? And then there's this recent study, of recruiters, where the ones given a better AI made worse hiring choices than the ones given a mediocre AI. "Asleep at the Wheel", the ones given the best recommendations came to simply do whatever the AI said. Somewhat related news: Buzzfeed stock is up 92% on news they'll be using GPT to write articles.
• Long thread summarizing a WSJ article about a group of women in Beijing who were arrested and became symbols of dissent. TL;DR: one takeaway is that because any experienced activist has already been caught and punished, anyone doing activism in China is necessarily inexperienced. Definitely not how Tankies envision China