๐Ÿ“š Collection

This is a collection of my favorite writing on the internet.
โ€œIf I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.โ€ - Sir Isaac Newton

There are so many great thinkers and writers on the Internet, it is overwhelming.

Here are some of my favorite pieces.


#Awesome #Bestof

If you donโ€™t know Waitbutwhy check it out immediately.

Tim Urban is one of the clearest writers around, tackling hugely complex topics from (moral philosophy to the technical aspects of terraforming Mars).


Business

  • What is Amazon? (Zack Kanter) โ€“ Brilliant analysis comparison of Walmart vs. Amazon and what made them successful.
  • Amazon's New Customer (Ben Thompson / Stratechery) - Analysis of the Whole Foods acquisition and how it follows Amazon's playbook of becoming the first customer of it's own products.
  • How Twitter Got It's Groove Back (Packy McCormick / Not Boring) -

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Computer Science

The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence (Tim Urban on Waitbutwhy) โ€“ Get yourself a cup of tea and brace yourself. Hands down the best introductory piece on Artificial Intelligence.

The Great A.I. Awakening (Gideon Lewis-Kraus for NY Times Magazine) โ€“ A long-form exploration of how different streams of academic research and technological development led to a significant leap in machine learning. This article follows Jeff Deanโ€˜s team at Google Brain in their pursuit to improve Google Translate.

Value Chain of the Open Metaverse (Packy McCormick for Not Boring) - Welcome to the intersection of Sci-Fi and business.


Creator & Passion Economy

The Passion Economy and the Future of Work (Jin Li for a16z) - Seminal work on the Passion Economy.

Power to the Person (Packy McCormick for Not Boring) - Confluence of three big ideas: [1] Creator Econ [2] Unbundling of Orgs as Bundles of Productivity [3] NFTs as monetization avenue for solopreneurs.


Crime, Hacking, and Fringes

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 1 (Joshuah Bearman for Wired Magazine) โ€“ Rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht โ€“ told in two parts. My favorite long-form article of all time.

The Untold Story of Notpetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History (Andy Greenberg for Wired Magazine) โ€“ Cyber warfare at its best. How a bit of malware brought the Ukrainian energy sector to a halt and almost destroyed a global freighting giant along the way.


Medicine/etc.

Neuralink and the Brainโ€™s Magical Future (Tim Urban on Waitbutwhy) โ€“ Brain computer interfaces, here we go!

Why Cryonics Makes Sense (Tim Urban on Waitbutwhy) โ€“ Tim explores why it might make sense to get oneโ€™s head cut off after being clinically dead. Very wild read!

Longevity FAQ: A beginnerโ€™s guide to longevity research (Laura Deming) โ€“ Interesting and concise collection of the current state of longevity research.


Short Stories

The Egg (Andy Weir) - Your 5-minute meeting with God.


Society

Story of Us (Tim Urban for WaitButWhy) - This is a PhD curriculum in sociology.

Conjuring Scenius (Packy McCormick for Not Boring) - How does collective genius emerge.


Space & Rockets

How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars (Tim Urban on Waitbutwhy) โ€“ Fairly detailed introduction into space travel (technology; logistics; business) and how SpaceX is building for Mars colonization. Fascinating!

The Orbital Index (Andrew Cantino & Ben Lachman) โ€“ โ€˜Space: weekly, technical, curated.โ€

The Fermi Paradox (Tim Urban on Waitbutwhy) โ€“ Math tells us that there are 1 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy alone, yet no one has ever called us. Where is everybody?


Productivity & Work

GTD in 15 minutes โ€“ A Pragmatic Guide to Getting Things Done (Erlend Hamberg) โ€“ Best introduction into the GTD methodology.

Donโ€™t drown in email! How to use Gmail more efficiently (Andreas Klinger) โ€“ Quick guide to setting up your gmail inbox so it serves as a GTD inbox.


Remote

Managing Remote Teams โ€“ A Crash Course (Andreas Klinger) โ€“ Great content on applicable processes and tactics for remote team management. Particularly great insights for eng teams. [Plus Up: Andiโ€™s Conference Talk on the same topic]

Building a Remote Company: Lessons Learned from Idea to Exit (yours truly on this blog) โ€“ Exactly what the title says.


Thinking & Writing

The Day You Became A Better Writer (Scott Adams on Dilbert Blog) โ€“ Itโ€™s exactly what you think it is. Learn better writing in a 2 minute read.

Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (109 Models Explained) (Shane Parish on Farnam Street) โ€“ Mental models as practical thinking tools.

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Online (David Perell) - Everything you need to know as an online writer.

A Guide to Better Writing (in 5 Steps) (yours truly on this blog) โ€“ Read it.