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Welcome to this week's Pulse! How was your week? Here, it was another busy week, ending going to a ca
December 15 · Issue #67 · View online
Welcome to this week’s Pulse!
How was your week? Here, it was another busy week, ending going to a carwash and coming out to rain! That’s how I’m feeling right now!
You know when at the end of the year everything goes about reviewing the year, now it’s the end of the decade and BuzzFeed’s gone through the top 100 memes of the 2010s… Definitely worth taking a look.
Now, let’s dive in; before I ask you to share Pulse with a friend!
- Ben from [ perspective ix ]

📰 News
  • Google Chrome now warns you if your password is stolen in a breach [TNW] - something Firefox has been doing for some time…

  • Twitter will now let you post iOS Live Photos as GIFs [Verge]; and will stop compressing the hell out of your JPEG photos from now on [TechCrunch]

  • Apple buys UK startup to improve iPhone picture taking [Bloomberg] - Spectral Edge technology improves colours in smartphone photos, which is a key differentiator in the smartphone market.

  • The chair of a US congressional panel wrote to Alphabet’s Google and to Apple on Friday to ask what if any disclosures mobile apps are required to make regarding overseas ties, a concern that follows reports of Chinese investment in popular apps such as TikTok and Grindr [Reuters].

  • Twitter is funding research into a decentralised version of its platform [Verge] - the team is called @bluesky.

  • Microsoft’s next-gen “Project Scarlett” Xbox to be called Xbox Series X and available holiday 2020 with support for frame rates of up to 120 fps and ray tracing [Verge].

  • Elon Musk took his Cybertruck to get sushi in Malibu [TMZ] - not my usual type of news, but it’s Cybertruck - you know!

  • FTC weighs seeking injunction against Facebook over how its apps interact [WSJ] - antitrust concerns lead FTC to consider taking action against the social media giant as soon as January 2020.

  • YouTube bans videos that “maliciously insult” people based on their race, gender, or sex [BuzzFeed].

🧠 Insights
How to argue and disagree - Credit: on Unsplash
How to argue and disagree - Credit: on Unsplash
How To Argue – The Hierarchy of Disagreement
It might sound counterintuitive, but disagreeing is a more productive skill than agreeing. Agreement neither stimulates nor produces any new value. It’s flat; however, disagreeing the right way, can increase productivity.
Below, you can see a visualisation of a 2008 Paul Graham essay where he classifies the ways of arguing a point; and suggests that they should form a hierarchy based on their strength and frequency of use:
  1. Name-calling.
  2. Ad Hominem.
  3. Responding to Tone.
  4. Contradiction.
  5. Counterargument.
  6. Refutation.
  7. Refuting the Central Point.
Read more on Adioma and Paul Graham’s blog.
the Hierarchy of Disagreement - Credit: Adioma
the Hierarchy of Disagreement - Credit: Adioma
📊 Statistics
Number of published AI papers - Credit: Human-Centered Artificial Institute (HAI)
Number of published AI papers - Credit: Human-Centered Artificial Institute (HAI)
The State of the AI
  • From 1998 to 2019, the volume of peer-reviewed AI publications grew over 300%. 
  • In October 2017, it took three hours to train a machine vision algorithm on a large image dataset. In July 2019? 88 seconds.
  • “AI specialist” is the fastest growing emerging job of 2019 [LinkedIn].
via MorningBrew; from The 2019 AI Index report by Human-Centered Artificial Institute (HAI), Stanford University.

Market caps of selected companies - Credit: Statista
Market caps of selected companies - Credit: Statista
Saudi Aramco Flirts With $2 Trillion Valuation
On its second day of trading on the Riyadh Tadawul exchange, the value of all Saudi Aramco stock briefly reached the $2 trillion mark and closed at $1.965 trillion Thursday. Comparing this market cap to those of other major companies in the world that day, Saudi Aramco was around $800 billion ahead of next biggest (publicly listed) companies Apple and Microsoft and more than $1 trillion ahead of Google parent company Alphabet as well as Amazon.

📱 Tools & Apps

  • Rewound: Give your iPhone an iPod click wheel [iOS]

🎧 Audio Stimulation
A letter to Twitter, Uber's data transparency, and Away proves startup culture is rough on Pivot
🐦 Tweets of the Week
QuickTake by Bloomberg
WATCH: Michelle Obama speaks about impostor syndrome at an Obama Foundation event for emerging leaders in Kuala Lumpur
8:41 AM - 13 Dec 2019
Vikas Shah MBE
.... if ever one video clearly explained entrepreneurship, it’s this one.....
9:21 AM - 28 Nov 2019
🎮 Fun Stuff
When you lie on your CV - but you get the job 😂😂 When you lie on your CV - but you get the job 😂😂
this video of cats reacting to cat face filter has me crying.
5:24 AM - 9 Dec 2019
This is not goodbye...
this is 👋
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