TLDR 2023-01-24

Microsoft's OpenAI deal 💰, Google's post-layoff meeting 🧑‍🤝‍🧑, intro to Nix 👨‍💻

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Big Tech & Startups

Microsoft extends OpenAI partnership in a ‘multibillion dollar investment’ (2 minute read)

Microsoft is extending its partnership with OpenAI through a new multi-year multi-billion-dollar investment. The partnership will allow developers and organizations to access the best AI infrastructure, models, and toolchains with Azure. Microsoft will increase its investments in the development and deployment of systems to assist OpenAI's research. It will power all OpenAI workloads across products, API services, and research. Microsoft plans to deploy OpenAI's models across its products, including Bing, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Apple ‘Reality Pro’ headset will toggle between AR/VR, serve as Mac display, 2-hour external battery packs, more (3 minute read)

Apple's AR/VR headset could be unveiled this Spring at a cost of around $3,000. Its eye- and hand-tracking capabilities will be a major selling point. Users will be able to control the device by looking at on-screen items and then pinching their thumb and index fingers together. There will be a Digital Crown for switching between AR and VR. The headset will be able to serve as an external display for Macs. Many more details about the headset are available in the article.
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Science & Futuristic Technology

The US certifies the first small modular nuclear reactor design (3 minute read)

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has certified a design for an advanced small modular reactor (SMR). SMRs are cheaper and easier to build and site than traditional nuclear power plants. The certified design can generate up to 50 MW of electricity. There are plans to build a demonstration plant in Idaho with six modules collectively generating 462 MW. The NRC has only ever certified six other kinds of nuclear reactors. A rendering of the design is available in the article.

With Starship testing, SpaceX moves one step closer to making science fiction a reality (2 minute read)

SpaceX is set to conduct a wet dress rehearsal of the Starship launch system from its Starbase site in southeastern Texas. A wet dress rehearsal is a series of prelaunch tests that includes propellant loading of both the upper stage and booster and a run-through of the countdown to just before engine ignition. If it is successful, then the next steps would be a separation of the Starship second stage and Super Heavy booster followed by a full static fire test. These tests take just a few weeks, so it is possible an orbital flight test could be conducted in March.
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Programming, Design & Data Science

Zero to Nix (Website)

Nix is a tool that builds packages in isolation from each other to ensure that they are reproducible and don't have undeclared dependencies. It makes it so packages work consistently across machines. Zero to Nix is an introduction to Nix that covers how to use Nix to create declarative and reproducible development environments and package builds.

JinjaX (Website)

JinjaX features components to replace Jinja template code. It makes code easy to understand and test. JinjaX can wrap content such as HTML in a natural way. Developers can choose to replace all templates with components or just select sections.

IcePanel is an interactive diagramming tool to explain complex software systems, faster (Sponsor)

Onboarding new engineers can take months — especially if they struggle to wrap their heads around your software architecture. IcePanel makes your systems easily explainable with collaborative C4 modelling that’s built for effective knowledge sharing. Help new team members navigate your architecture so they can contribute with confidence!

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Miscellaneous

Why VR/AR Gets Farther Away as It Comes Into Focus (36 minute read)

AR/VR technology has proved far harder than many companies expected. Predictions of what the technology can do keep getting pushed further back. While the technology has progressed, its usage continues to be low. This article discusses the history of AR/VR technology, how different companies have approached the technology, the various problems the industry faces, and the issues that are stopping the technology from becoming mainstream.

Netflix’s New Chapter (17 minute read)

The simplified story of Netflix is that it was founded after Reed Hastings complained about a $40 late charge from Blockbuster, leading to Blockbuster's eventual demise. This article tells the full story of how Netflix was founded, how it took down Blockbuster, the company's entry into streaming, and the future of the company. Hastings grew the company to its current state, but its future is about creativity and humanity, which means it is a good time for a change in leadership.
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The 4 Pillars of Building a Great Mobile App (Sponsor)

This eBook covers modular architecture design; structuring features and releases; measuring stability, performance, and impact; and how to monitor from early on. Get the eBook for free from Embrace

Pwning the all Google phone with a non-Google bug (26 minute read)

This report details a vulnerability in the Pixel 6's Arm Mali GPU that can be used to gain arbitrary kernel code execution and root privileges from an Android app.

ChatGPT is 'not particularly innovative,' and 'nothing revolutionary', says Meta's chief AI scientist (4 minute read)

There are several companies with technology very similar to ChatGPT, which is made of multiple pieces of technology developed by many parties over the years.

LazyVim (GitHub Repo)

LazyVim is a Neovim setup with a flexible configuration.

AGI will not happen in your lifetime. Or will it? (24 minute read)

A transcript of a discussion between Grady Booch and Gary Marcus on whether Artificial General Intelligence will be achieved in our lifetimes.

Scores of Stanford students used ChatGPT on final exams, survey suggests (5 minute read)

Some Stanford professors have overhauled their courses to adapt to how students might use ChatGPT to complete assignments and exams.
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Jobs

Vinli - Senior Data Scientist (Remote)

Vinli is hiring a senior data scientist to help us solve the most pressing challenges in mobility and transportation.

digiLab - Interns (Remote, United Kingdom, $50k)

digiLab is hiring data science, software engineering, UI/UX, business development, and marketing interns to develop cutting-edge AI software to tackle challenging problems like nuclear fusion, air traffic control, and environmental sustainability.

Rally - Sales Development Representative (Remote, $80k - $120k)

Rally is hiring a sales development representative to help cold email ecommerce merchants looking to build a checkout experience that reflects their brand.

Giskard - Senior Software Engineer (France, $42k - $75k)

Giskard is hiring a senior software engineer to help us build our open source QA platform for AI models.

TLDR - Head of Sales (Remote, US preferred, $200k - $300k)

TLDR is hiring a head of sales to own all ad sales/revenue activity for our newsletters, own deals end to end (prospecting through onboarding), and contribute as part of our leadership team.
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