Thoughts on advertising, technology, science and more.

The false promise of AI-powered search results

31
May
2024
Google’s AI agents are so eager to answer our questions that they aren’t able to tell us that actually running with scissors is dangerous, you shouldn’t take a bath with a toaster, and there is no recommended daily intake of rocks because you shouldn’t be eating them at all.

What's going on with New Zealand's trade deficit?

18
Sep
2023
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The Metaverse is over before it began

25
Apr
2023
In 2021, Meta repositioned based on what the company’s leaders thought was going to be the “next big thing” - immersive VR experiences. After backing the wrong horse, the company is now going through a similar exercise with AI. Only time will tell if this bet will be more successful.

What makes ChatGPT so helpful to Russian propagandists?

23
Mar
2023

My top books of 2022

04
Jan
2023

Why I give my photos away for free

22
Sep
2022
My photos have had more than 10 million views on a stock image site - and I haven't earned a cent. Believe it or not, that's the point.

The chart that keeps Mark Zuckerberg up at night

24
Aug
2022
Mark Zuckerberg has plenty on his plate: from legal settlements for privacy violations, accusations of political interference, and working out how to build and promote the “Metaverse” (whatever that means). But it’s the rising threat of TikTok that is the biggest threat to the social media juggernaut that is Meta.