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Dec 8 • 20 tweets • 7 min read
The loneliness epidemic is destroying society
It's also false
This is how ppl use data and emotions to make you believe something that isn't, so you click on it:
Look at this:
People spend more time alone as they age!
And look at young adults: They're so much more alone than they used to be, just in the span of 10 years!
Dec 1 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
What does the Via Aemilia, built by Romans to connect cities like Modena and Bologna, have to do with the US Interstate I-95 connecting NY with Philadelphia and Washington, built 2,000 years later in another continent?
The I-95 follows the Atlantic Seaboard Fall Line
Nov 29 • 51 tweets • 13 min read
29 ideas for Twitter 2.0:
Rank replies based on reactions
Feed based on ppl lookalikes
Overhaul Explore & notifs
Search filters on the results page
Drafts and scheduling work
Better newbie feed
You can split a social network roadmap on acquiring customers, retaining/engaging them, and monetizing them: 1. User Acq 2. Retention 3. Monetization
Let's start with the most important, 2. RETENTION
You want: 2.1 Viewer Retention 2.2 Creator Retention
Starting with viewers:
Nov 21 • 63 tweets • 24 min read
AI is not tomorrow, it’s today
Get on it, or others will learn to use AI tools before you, increase their productivity, overtake your job or your company, and leave you behind
So here's the latest on Generative AI, w/ 100s of the latest tools 🧵 unchartedterritories.tomaspueyo.com/p/generative-a…
An AI-generated film has already won at Cannes!
That's despite the tools being in their infancy.
What will ppl do when these tools evolve?
Nov 19 • 18 tweets • 4 min read
Twitter's strength is presenting thoughts from ppl. That's the feed.
Twitter's weakness is conversation. That's the replies.
@elonmusk: @Twitter 2.0 should prioritize making conversations better through better reply sorting. Here's how:
Today, replies on Twitter are trash. Look at this tweet for example, probably seen by over 10M ppl. The first 2 replies are spam! And after that, they're dumb comments.
Nov 3 • 15 tweets • 3 min read
10 parallels between Twitter and brains
1. Brains➡️Every independent neuron is pretty dumb. Intelligence emerges from their interaction
Twitter➡️very person is... Intelligence emerges from our interactions
Columbus Day fact:
Half the population in the American continent speak Spanish because of a fool, the shape of a European peninsula, and Islam's pivot towards the East:
Americans speak Spanish because Columbus rediscovered America on behalf of Spain.
But why Spain? Why not Portugal? France? England?Venice?
Columbus tried to get his travels funded by the Portuguese, who were the main Atlantic power at the time.
Oct 3 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Anti-vaxxing might have killed 2.5 times more Republicans than Democrats
Before vaccines, excess mortality in Ohio and Florida was 22% higher for Republicans than Democrats, controlling for age.
TIL: many countries that had a nuclear energy program also had a nuclear weapons program
There are famous ones with both: 🇷🇺🇺🇸🇨🇳🇫🇷🇬🇧🇵🇰🇮🇳
What I didn't know: 🇯🇵🇪🇸🇸🇪
1. Japan is a *de facto nuclear state*, 6m away from a nuclear weapon at any time 2. Spain had a nuclear weapons program while they were developing their nuclear energy programs, during Franco's dictatorship, which had Spain more isolated
Sep 22 • 15 tweets • 4 min read
Iranians are fed up with the imposition of the hijab and are protesting it in the streets
Many are seething because @elonmusk has 9 children with 3 women. They think it's typical billionaire abuse of power for sex. Unlikely. He might have other motivations: 1. Fertility crisis 2. Environment 3. Genetic legacy 4. Enjoyment 5. Not sex
He has been very vocal about the fertility crisis
AI will break capitalism, and the only acceptable solution will be universal basic income:
1. Capitalism works because it maximizes human productivity through a trick: you get what you give.
We work to make money to buy things.
We try hard to add value to society, which compensates us accordingly (eg salary).
Sep 5 • 9 tweets • 4 min read
Winter is coming with very expensive energy. Here are a few ways to save money, help the environment, and stick it to Putin 🧵 1. Lower your home's temperature
By far the biggest impact. The more difference there is in temperature between 2 places, the more heat loss.
Dropping the temperature difference, even by a few º makes a big difference. Just put more clothes on at home.
Sep 4 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
The highest stakes in Russia's invasion of Ukraine are this winter and climate change has a role to play
Russia is gambling that cutting Europe's gas will force it to give up & pressure Ukraine into submission
Europe is gambling that it can diversify its energy away from Russia
Europe's diversification of energy sources will only get better over time: renewable electricity, more gas pipelines, LNG terminals, heat efficiency, fracking...
If it can survive this winter, it can survive them all
Aug 31 • 21 tweets • 6 min read
Why are 50M Pakistanis suffering historic floods while China suffers a historic drought?
Because of humans and tectonic plates:
When the minister says a third of the country is submerged, it's literal.
Aug 30 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Why is the month of March called "March"?
Because of the logistics of the Roman legions.
March comes from Mars, the Roman god of war.
Why in March though?
Because of harvests.
In March, grass is ready for horses & cows to start eating, which reduces the need to carry food—the limiting factor of armies' mobility
An army had to feed its soldiers, animals, and support ppl, which meant ~3kg of food per soldier & day.
Aug 23 • 22 tweets • 7 min read
How did Portugal build the 1st European oceanic empire with <2M ppl?
Why did it lose it?
Why does it still own valuable Atlantic islands?
Why did it not finance Columbus & Magellan?
Why does Brazil speak a Spanish regional language?
Because Portugal's thin and mountainous
This is the Iberian Peninsula.
See the Strait of Gibraltar at the bottom? It's approximately in the middle of the peninsula. That had dramatic consequences