Issue #0

February 15, 2023
Splendid 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.
I thought it would be a good idea to use Issue #0 to give you an idea of the sections you might find in the newsletter.

Notice that not every section will be in every issue except Screwed Industries.


Screwed Industries is where we take a deeper look at how artificial intelligence is impacting the way we work across different industries: Education, Health Care, Finance, Manufacturing, Media & Entertainment, Retail, Tech, etc.

It’s also here that we try to understand how mature AI is in solving business and societal problems for artists, doctors, game designers, government officials, lawyers, software developers, etc.

What we talk about here is not about what it could be, but about what is happening today.

If Your Only Tool is a Hammer… is a section dedicated to the interesting new AI-powered solutions that can improve productivity and increase the quality of life.

No, beta products and “Join the waitlist” gimmicks don’t count.
And no, it’s not a sponsored thing.

Hand-waving is a section dedicated to those projects and companies that say the word “AI” twenty times in two paragraphs, but never ship or that hire human beings in Indonesia or Sub-Saharan countries to do the job manually for a few cents a day.

Announcements of future announcements might end up here (if they are exceptionally funny or outrageous).