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⚖️Strong Opinions Loosely Held

Some opinions I have that you may or may not agree with. Mostly about AI/the tech world.

An artist is someone who can hold two opposing viewpoints and still remain fully functional.- F Scott Fitzgerald

hedging fence sitting low conviction wishy-washy

or.. open experimental logical?

Inspired by Wes Kao’s “spiky points of view” and Greg Isenberg’s recent thread, here’s my own list of spicy opinions

1/We (as a broader society) shouldn’t underestimate the value of locally run AI.

Running models on personal devices lowers costs, increases privacy, and reduces dependency on cloud infrastructure.


I also believe in cloud infrastructure.

2/ ‘Community building’ is really hard and also full of bad actors

Authentic communities take time and genuine investment, not just Slack channels, emojis and a membership fee.


Communities are often a catalyst for change and growth and can be literally life changing.

3/The AI hype train is full of grifters


4/Web3’s potential is being overshadowed by speculation.

There’s real promise for decentralisation, ownership, and new economic models. We need more focus on the builders creating real-world use cases, and less on the get-rich-quick crowd.

5/Deepfakes are the 21st century’s weapon of mass deception.

We’re shockingly unprepared for the havoc deepfakes will wreak on politics, social discourse, and personal lives.

but I still agree that

6/“big tech’s” tight grip on AI models is stifling innovation.

Open-source models and local AI will democratise access and allow for more experimentation outside of corporate control.

7/Joan Westenberg hit the nail on the head about the creator economy.

The reliance on platforms like Patreon, Beehiiv etc creates a power imbalance and limits true ownership.

I also believe that..

8/That whole “social currency” mindset needs to change.

We all know about unspoken social hierarchies, but fixating on titles and networks is outdated. Fortunes and positions can change quickly — what matters is how you treat people regardless of perceived status.

which leads me to

9/The ‘always-on’ culture is the mental health crisis we don’t talk about enough.

Burnout is epidemic, boundaries are erased, and the pressure for constant productivity is crushing.

10/ I also belive that tech isn’t always scalable in terms of human well-being.

Algorithms optimising for attention and engagement can fuel addiction, anxiety, and social isolation.

Lots more opinions, more added soon. And they may change, and that's okay too!

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