What you can do with a 7B people team

I (finally) got my first shot of vaccine. Through a tiny needle, some molecules have been injected in my blood stream, and are now instructing my immune system how to defend from a virus we call COVID-19. In a little while, I’ll be able to (almost) fearlessly engage in all the activities that make us happy human beings: hug friends and family, listen to live music, travel, shake hands with new people....

July 14, 2021 · 4 min · Gianluca Mauro

Artificial Intelligence is more human than you think

It’s been almost a month since I wrote my last newsletter. Not that I didn’t have anything to share - I actually have tons of stuff, wait for it - but sometimes I need to take a break from my routines to look at the big picture. It’s a little bit like going on a hike, if you are always looking at where you put your feet and never stop to look at the view, why are you even walking?...

July 8, 2021 · 4 min · Gianluca Mauro

Platform Wars ⚔️

On Tuesday Mark Zuckerberg posted this on his Facebook profile: To help more creators make a living on our platforms, we’re going to keep paid online events, fan subscriptions, badges, and our upcoming independent news products free for creators until 2023. And when we do introduce a revenue share, it will be less than the 30% that Apple and others take. Sounds great, right? What struck me was that last reference to Apple....

June 18, 2021 · 5 min · Gianluca Mauro

Lessons in AI crisis management

Last week Twitter published an article titled “Sharing learnings about our image cropping algorithm”. In the article they describe their findings about gender and racial biases in their cropping algorithms. These biases have affected hundreds of millions of people using the platform, so let’s try to figure out what happened and how they discovered it. Imagine you want to make a post on Twitter with 3 vertical images. If Twitter showed the images in their full size, your post would take a lot of screen real estate on a mobile device, giving an awful experience....

May 28, 2021 · 6 min · Gianluca Mauro

Elon Musk and Bitcoin - a troubled love story 💔

There’s new drama in Elonland. Let’s recap the last two months of the Elon - Bitcoin love story. Tesla silently buys $1.5B of BTC Musk pumps BTC on twitter (his bio has breefly been “#Bitcoin”) BTC goes to the moon 🚀 Tesla says they bought BTC and they’ll accept BTC payments BTC goes to the stratosphere 🚀🚀🚀 Tesla sells some BTC to pump its quarterly earnings (aka “prove liquidity”) Tesla stops accepting BTC because of “environmental concerns” BTC crashes What....

May 14, 2021 · 3 min · Gianluca Mauro

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