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The Monday 6 - August 16, 2021

The Monday 6
Hi there, friend.
Following up from last week’s article on Apple’s approach to curbing CSAM, Matthew Green (professor focusing on encryption) and Alex Stamos (former Chief Security Officer at Facebook) penned this op-ed on the Apple scanning for CSAM:
I remain pretty conflicted about it, primarily because of the slippery slope nature. It’s also clear to me that Apple’s decision to do the scanning on-device (which they see as a feature) contributes to my unease. There’s an implicit agreement you have when deciding to use some XYZ cloud service to store files for you: they can and will scan for bad things. But this feels different; my device, using the default settings, will have active surveillance over my stuff.
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1. Trea Turner's Smooth Slide
As a Padres fan, it pains me to acknowledge this badass bit of sliding home by Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner.
Dammit this is cool. Why does he have to be a Dodger?
Dammit this is cool. Why does he have to be a Dodger?
2. Poll: What Animals Could You Beat In A Fight?
YouGov in the UK recently conducted a poll on a matter of international importance: Which animals could Britons beat in a fight?
Lucky for us, they also managed to ask some Americans the same questions, resulting in my favorite breakdown between American & Briton’s confidence, segmented by animal:
The British's cynicism is their super-power.
The British's cynicism is their super-power.
For the record, I think my confidence wanes after a “medium-sized dog”.
Which animals could Britons beat in a fight?
3. Great Self-Control Advice
Often (and especially in a work setting), I struggle to nail down the things that are A) worth my time and B) when to delegate vs when to do myself.
This short Tweet thread introduces a simple yet powerful heuristic to help determine where to focus your energy:
Gena Gorlin
So much of self-regulation comes down to 2 interrelated powers: keeping yourself inspired & keeping yourself accountable. Recognizing “this is worth doing” & “I’m responsible for doing it.”
Gena Gorlin
The 1st without the 2nd is wishful thinking; the 2nd without the 1st is mindless drudgery.
Gena Gorlin
The real challenge is to spend as much of your life as possible doing things *for which these convictions are true.* The more you do, the better you’ll be able to tell the difference (so long as you’re self-honest).
4. Wyoming Seems Delightfully Simple
I’ve only been to Wyoming (Yellowstone, to be exact) when my family moved out to San Diego from the East Coast when I was a kid. Evidently, in the entire state (21X the area of San Diego County, where I live) of Wyoming, only 2 escalators exist. 🤯
5. AI Is Making Art
OpenAI is an AI research lab, founded by (among others) Elon Musk that has created a variety of open-source artificial intelligence tools.
You may have heard of GPT-3, which has broad-based general AI capabilities across text-based applications. Check out some demos of it if you haven’t already; its capabilities are astounding.
Another OpenAI creation is CLIP, which has the ability to create art. Check the link below for some cool examples of (mostly abstract) art created just by feeding it some text. 🖼️
Alien Dreams: An Emerging Art Scene - ML@B Blog
6. Allyson Felix: Badass
I know the Olympics are over, but I needed to share this picture of Allyson Felix and her daughter.
Allyson passed Carl Lewis to become the most decorated track & field athlete in US history. Badass. 🇺🇸 🇺🇸
That’s it for this week. If you found anything useful or fun, let me know! And if you have any suggestions, shoot them my way. 😊 See you next week!
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Kyle Petzinger
Kyle Petzinger @kylepetz

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