Wisereads Vol. 12 — Morgan Housel’s Same as Ever, OpenAI news, and more

Last week, we shared our first ebook from the classics: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. This week, we’re excited to share an excerpt from Morgan Housel’s new release, Same as Ever, a collection of stories on timeless principles to be applied throughout life and work. 

Also, a head's up: based on what you all were highlighting this past week, this Wisereads might be better titled This Week In AI 😅

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Most highlighted Articles of the week


The OpenAI Keynote

Ben Thompson · Stratechery

This week's buzz around the OpenAI conference has Stratechery’s Ben Thompson reminiscing on the electric atmosphere of iPhone launches from yesteryears. "There is nothing more interesting in tech than a consumer product with product-market fit. And that, for me, is enough to bring back an old Stratechery standby: the keynote day-after."

Colorful illustration of browser window with the letters "SEO" and an alligator

Did SEO experts ruin the internet or did Google?

Amanda Chicago Lewis · The Verge

The Verge investigates the ceaseless cat-and-mouse dynamics between Google's search algorithms and the SEO-crazed marketers littering the web. “Perhaps this is why nearly everyone hates SEO and the people who do it for a living: the practice seems to have successfully destroyed the illusion that the internet was ever about anything other than selling stuff.”

Man writing

A blog post is a very long and complex search query to find fascinating people and make them route interesting stuff to your inbox

Henrik Karlsson · Escaping Flatland

Essayist Henrik Karlsson doesn't shy away from exploring niches in his blog posts, instead seeing them as opportunties to shape himself and connect with others. "By pursuing your interest, you will move toward complexity. The simple things do not surprise you anymore. So you turn your attention to more complicated things. This is an amazing algorithm: do interesting things and magically arrive at a complex understanding of the world."

Most highlighted YouTube Video of the week

Improving Baseline Dopamine with Andrew Huberman

Improve Your Baseline Dopamine for Motivation & Drive

Andrew Huberman

Andrew Huberman is known for his science-backed health podcast. His recent clip lists the pillars to building stable dopamine levels, and in turn, improving your day-to-day motivation. “Getting into a regular exercise program of, if not every day, at least five days a week (a mixture of cardiovascular and resistance exercise)...is known to elevate and maintain an elevated level of baseline dopamine.”

Most highlighted Twitter Thread of the week

ChatGPT vs. GPT-4

It's always shocking to me how many people don't pay for GPT-4.

Rowan Cheung

Back at it with OpenAI content, this time with Rowan Cheung. On his quest for Twitter stardom, Rowan's assembled 10 of his GPT-4 tutorials covering everything from how to “use parameters and seeds in DALL-E 3,” to how to “maximize GPT-4 Vision's Multimodality.”

Most highlighted PDF of the week

Large Language Models Understand and Can Be Enhanced by Emotional Stimuli

Cheng Li, Jindong Wang, Yixuan Zhang, et al.

Ask an LLM “are you sure?” and it’s likely to correct itself. Students at Beijing Normal University explored this phenomenon, crafting emotional prompts that startlingly prodded models to self-monitor. “Within the realm of decision-making, emotions emerge as powerful, ubiquitous, consistent influencers, wielding effects that can swing from beneficial to detrimental.”

Hand-picked book of the week

Same as Ever physical book

Same as Ever

Morgan Housel

Keeping up with AI developments, fluctuating financial markets, and what generally feels like constant change can be dizzying. In his book released Tuesday, author of The Psychology of Money Morgan Housel tells 23 stories about what stays the same: timeless principles to center our thinking.

The chapter ‘Wild Minds’ shows how extraordinary achievers often possess unlikeable idiosyncrasies.

“John Boyd was probably the greatest fighter pilot to ever live. He revolutionized his field more than anyone before or since….Boyd is known as one of the most influential thinkers in military history. He’s also described, as the New York Times once wrote, as “A virtual nonperson … even in the Air Force. That’s because as smart as Boyd was, he was a maniac.”

Morgan is graciously sharing a preview chapter with Readwise users. If you’re captivated by the ‘Wild Minds’ excerpt, we invite you to purchase a full copy of Same as Ever here. 🙏

Handpicked RSS feed of the week

Black and white Morgan Housel photo

Collab Fund

Morgan and his partners write regular think pieces for Collab Fund's blog, one of the most popular feeds in Readwise. They're generally thought-provoking yet easy to digest. From The Thin Line Between Bold and Reckless: “Big success requires bucking conventional wisdom, but conventional wisdom is usually right and worth following. We’re left with outcomes where winners are praised more than they should be, losers criticized more than they deserve.”