Your roundup of tech, culture, and nostalgia for

January 10, 2023 // Web version //

TimeMachiner. Tech, culture, nostalgia. By Aaron Crocco
Inside Today's Issue:
This Could Have Been an Email
iPhone Karaoke
Forbidden Island
Alexa, Go Away

Read to the end for password snark.

Happy Tuesday and happy 2023. January is upon us and it's time to fire up the flux capacitor because TimeMachiner is back.

Chatbots have become all the rage in the past month or so. The technology fascinates me because as someone who went to school to pursue writing, it blurs the line and forces us to ask how well it could work. Could it report the news, cover sports, or write a newsletter?

The question of whether a chatbot could write a newsletter is a complex one, with arguments to be made on both sides. On the one hand, chatbots have the ability to write quickly and efficiently and do not require breaks, vacation time, or sick leave. This can be especially useful for companies that need to produce a large volume of written material on a tight deadline. In addition, chatbots do not have the same biases or preconceptions as humans, and can potentially produce more objective content as a result.

However, there are also several limitations to consider when it comes to using chatbots for writing. One concern is the lack of creativity and originality that may be present in the writing produced by a chatbot. While they may be able to produce factual information accurately, they may struggle with tasks that require more subjective analysis or creative expression. In addition, chatbots may not have the same level of empathy or understanding of human emotions as a human writer, which could affect the effectiveness of their writing.

It is also worth considering the ethical implications of using chatbots for writing tasks. While they may be able to assist with some aspects of the writing process, their use could potentially lead to job displacement for human writers. In an industry that is already facing challenges due to technological advancements, the adoption of chatbots for writing tasks could have significant consequences for the employment prospects of human writers.

Despite these limitations, it is clear that chatbots have the potential to be useful tools for writing. They can be trained on a large dataset of high-quality writing, such as news articles or academic papers, and can produce coherent and well-written content as a result. In the future, it is possible that chatbots will be able to handle more complex or creative writing tasks, but it is unlikely that they will fully replace human writers.

Overall, the use of chatbots for writing tasks is a complex issue with pros and cons to consider. While they may be able to assist with certain aspects of the writing process, it is important to recognize their limitations and the potential impact they may have on the job market for human writers. In the future, it is likely that chatbots will play a larger role in writing, but it is unlikely that they will fully replace human writers.

And wouldn't you know, everything you read from "The question of whether..." up until this paragraph was written by ChatGPT, the chatbot from the people who also created Dall-E. Were you convinced it was me who wrote all that? Be honest and reply to this email to let me know.


PS: I'm trying hard to grow TimeMachiner. If you enjoy my work, please tell a friend. Thank you. 😊


Because there are more molecules of air in one breath than there are breaths in the atmosphere, every breath you take likely contains at least one molecule of Newton’s last breath. Source

This Could Have Been an Email
Meetings suck. They've always sucked. Generally they go longer than they need, key people can't attend, and they can easily become unproductive which is the exact opposite of a meeting's purpose. If you're an employee of Shopify, your calendar is about to get a lot more open. Because in 2023, Shopify is telling everyone…
Show Me This Story
iPhone Karaoke
Apple Music has been in fierce competition with Spotify since the launch of Cupertino's service. Aside from Spotify Wrapped (which Apple greatly improved their version in '22), there are few differences in services. It really comes down to personal taste and preference rather than which is 'better'. Because both are damn good. Apple is…
Show Me This Story
Forbidden Island
Even though it's 2023 and we think the world is extremely connected, there are still parts of the globe that are not only disconnected but visiting these locations could be deadly. YouTube channel RealLifeLore documents Sentinel Island, an isolated piece of land that is part of the Andaman Islands, and the local population is…
Show Me This Story
Alexa, Go Away
With the massive proliferation of Amazon Echo / Alexa devices, Amazon found a gaping hole by which to get their hardware into people's houses. For years Amazon has generally released shoddy, commodity (AKA crap) they sell at a loss in order to get you to use their services more. The Echo was a hit,…
Show Me This Story
// Sponsored
More For Your Inbox

Android Intelligence: Supercharge your Android experience. Three things to know and three things to try in your inbox every Friday.

Friends Newsletter: Nick Gray curates a popular list of productivity tips, articles, tech gadgets, and business research. Plus you get a funny viral video in each issue.

RefindGet smarter every day. Every day Refind picks 7 links from around the web for you, tailored to your interests. Loved by 50k+ curious minds.

The above are affiliate links. I receive a small commission only if you sign up for any of these offers.

The Sample: My favorite newsletter discovery tool. Every few days The Sample forwards you a newsletter to discover. The more you use it, the better it gets at delivering what you want.


Special thanks to the following Time Traveler Members

Become a Time Traveler

Allen, John Kuempel, Ken S, Jeff Stoner.

❌🕵🏻‍♂️TimeMachiner is sent with NO 3rd party tracking. I respect your privacy.  📩 Reply to this email if you have something to say.

Post of the Week

Original Post

You made it to the end. Hit reply to let me know and I'll respond back with a bonus factoid I left out of today's edition. 👀

Unsubscribe   |   Manage your subscription   |   View online

Manage your membership