What makes people believe nonsense for which there is no evidence?
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January 2023

42 years ago, a murder mystery predicted digital twins and deep fakes: what did this howlingly bad movie get right and wrong?
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The country's largest ecommerce company ended a program that donated 0.5% of eligible purchases to charities customers selected. This might have…
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In this short, Thursday-night bonus issue, I dig into why a podcast about a teacher using (rather than banning) OpenAI’s ChatGPT program seemed eerily…
As generative AI makes first-pass creation faster and easier, an unintended consequence is that humans may become less able to make great things.
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In a Thursday night bonus issue of The Dispatch, I dig into some non-obvious reasons why a ChatGPT integration with 365 and Bing would be a big win for…
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What this week’s Consumer Electronics Show has to do with death of cursive writing in American schools, how to break down the elements of disruption…
There’s a special magic in reading books versus magazines, websites, emails, or newspapers. Here’s my journey across the dozens of books I read in 2022…
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December 2022

Many thinkers end each year with a cluster of predictions for the next year. I have just one—and it’s more of a prayer than a prediction—about trust.
Elon Musk’s right-wing posts on Twitter have plummeted the stock at Tesla, the public company where Musk is CEO. I discuss this with Lana McGilvray of…
Most dystopian fantasies concern monsters we can see conquering us, but with new technologies will we even know if we’ve been conquered?
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The new Netflix series about the daughter from The Addams Family going to a Hogwarts-style high school doesn’t ignore the earlier versions of the story…