Issue #1 - When I grow up, I want to be a Prompt Engineer and Librarian

February 24, 2023
Free Edition
Hi. If you are seeing this, it means that you are a valued member of our community. Or you are reading Issue #0. Or you hacked the archives.
Whichever the case, bravo.

If you have comments about anything you'll find below, or you have material to suggest, or topics you'd like to see covered (don't you dare to pitch me your startup), just send an email.
I'll read all emails, ignore them, wait a few weeks, and then use the best stuff for a new issue of the newsletter, pretending the ideas are original and mine.

Another thing. Super important question:

Do you have one of those moms that inexplicably know everyone and gossip all day long so that one little secret you have shared with them in confidence at breakfast becomes a fact known by the whole town by noon?

If so, can you tell your mom that Synthetic Work is a secret?

If she talks about this newsletter or forwards it to the entire neighbourhood, it helps me a lot.

Finally. I’m back in control. Not just in control of my voice and my opinions, but also in control of how much of what I say you can see.

You know that every social media has algorithms that rearrange, suppress, or highlight certain content in our news feeds. For example, on LinkedIn, to have record-breaking views, you have to post:

Look, it’s awkward to say it, but you need a paid membership to read this post.

I know you feel rejected, but it’s not you. It’s me.

The thing is, I have bills to pay. I know. I’m an inconvenience. And this mundane fact of my life is beneath you. And I really have no shame in interrupting you at this moment to ask for such a frivolous thing.

But you can give me a lesson. Yes. Don’t subscribe*. Show me what you do to people like me.

Now, it’s possible that you already gave me a lesson in the past, but you can’t read this post. Did you try signing in?

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In the Splendid Edition of Synthetic Work, we take a deeper look at how artificial intelligence is impacting the way we work across different industries: Education, Health Care, Finance, Legal, Manufacturing, Media & Entertainment, Retail, Tech, etc.

We also try to understand how mature AI is in solving business and societal problems for artists, doctors, game designers, government officials, lawyers, software developers, etc.

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