The State of NYC Housing Abundance
Also: New Paths to Poetry
The Enemy's Gate is Down: the State of NYC Housing Abundance
By Daniel Golliher
Daniel surveys the state of NYC housing policy and rhetoric. There are encouraging signs, mostly due to actors at various levels of government acknowledging the key issue - that the surfeit of unhoused or tenuously-housed individuals requires building accommodation. Lots of it. Along with his excellent summary, Daniel also recommends actions we can take to help.
New Paths to Poetry
By Ethan Edwards
Ethan scopes out interesting possibilities for the intersection of technology and the humanities. He explores the case of poetry which, to some degree, suffers when translated out of its original language. Ethan considers the role LLM AI may play in appreciating foreign poetry, and perhaps overcoming issues of translation for foreign poetry in novel ways.
Beyond a Better World
By David Manheim
David elaborates on our great stagnation and the general slowdown of societal aspiration, noting that most successes of the last 50 years have come via preventing bad things happening, such as poverty and hunger reduction. He discusses the inherent limitations to this progress without ambition, and the dangers of retrenchment.
Maybe a Little Bit of Naïveté is Good
By Eli Dourado
Reflecting on a talk by Derek Thompson he attended, Eli identifies how naïveté, myopia, and a tacit endorsement of the sunk-cost fallacy may actually be helpful for young tech entrepreneurs. Focusing on the challenges and improbabilities of an idea is ultimately self-defeating. We always miss the punches we do not throw.
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