20+ min read · Mar 11th · Three years ago, the company began building "responsible AI." This is the story of how it failed.
The researcher’s team also found that users with a tendency to post or engage with melancholy content—a possible sign of depression—could easily spiral into consuming increasingly negative material that risked further worsening their mental health. The team proposed tweaking the content-ranking models for these users to stop maximizing engagement alone, so they would be shown less of the depressing stuff.
~15 min read · Jul 6th · The long read: Caffeine makes us more energetic, efficient and faster. But we have become so dependent that we need it just to get to our baseline
the “quarter life” of caffeine is usually about 12 hours, meaning that 25% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee consumed at noon is still circulating in your brain when you go to bed at midnight. That could well be enough to completely wreck your deep sleep.
2 min read · From 2019 · Over the past two decades or so, industries have sprung up to treat ‘addictions’ to everything from excessive eating or sex to video games. And colloquially, use of the word ‘addictive’ seems to have…
5 min read · From 2018 · [Originally tweetstormed at @andrewchen, Follow me for more!] Many of the biggest implosions in recent history – especially ecommerce – have been due to startups getting addicted to paid marketing while fooling themselves on Customer Acqusition Costs. As spend scales, it always gets more expensive and harder to track – never less. A familiar story: […]
8 min read · From 2019 · The behavioural scientist has advised tech companies on how to get people hooked – now he’s telling us how to break the habit• Follow Eyal’s guide to avoiding digital distraction