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How to read using GPT-4

Matthew asks:

You mentioned today a history book that you enjoyed reading with GPT-4 as your companion. Do you have any tips for more contemporary nonfiction?

…I’m trying the GPT-4 & LangChain Tutorial you linked, but wanted to ask: are there any tools or tricks you recommend for using GPT-4 as a reading companion where its knowledge is less than perfect?

Just keep on reading, and keep on asking GPT questions about what you are reading.  Do note that the paid version of GPT is much better!

Reading a book with GPT-4 works best when the book offers a large and somewhat unknown “cast of characters” to you.  Often that is true for history books, but it doesn’t have to be a history book per se.  You want a book that is fact-rich, and requires a lot of background context.  Then the marginal contribution of GPT’s “running annotations” is relatively high.  You probably won’t be able to keep track of all the names, nor will you have context on most of them.  So when a name, or battle,  or doctrine, or some event pops up, just keep on prompting GPT-4.  The final effect is to create a version of “reading in clusters,” yet with only a single book + GPT.

So in equilibrium, due to GPT-4, the number of books you are reading should go down.  But each reading experience should be better as well.

Here are Cynthia Haven and Mike Gioia with their views.

Emergent Ventures, 23rd cohort

Yudhister Kumar, Temecula, CA, high school student, “Changing the world with efficient, solid hydrogen storage, appeals to rationality, and cool physics.”

Anonymous winner, to investigate who is Satoshi.  A serious effort.

Mike McCormick, San Francisco and venture capital, to see if the Emergent Ventures model can be scaled.

Michael Florea, from Estonia, currently in Cambridge, Mass., start-up for longevity research.

Heidi Williams and Paul Niehaus, to pursue work in science policy and the economics of science.

Michael Slade, Dublin, to build an app for Marginal Revolution University.

Mike Gioia, Los Angeles, to pursue AI and film.

Oded Oren, Bronx, NYC, former public defender, a new non-profit — Scrutinize — to apply data-driven accountability to our criminal justice system, for instance by identifying overzealous prosecuting attorneys.

Sam Glover, London, 25 year old writer, focusing on social science, Effective Altruism, and forecasting.

Jonathan Schulz, Fairfax, George Mason University, to run RCTs in Benin and research gender inequality and for general career support

Nikolay Sobernius, from Russia currently in Istanbul, general career support, his eventual ambition is to build a new kind of GiveWell about which are the best charities.

Grazie Sophia Christie and Ginevra Lily Davis, Miami, to publish a new magazine The Miami Native, to express the spirit and culture of Miami.

Lydia Nottingham, 18 years old, Oxford University, general career development.

Ukraine tranche:

Mariia Serhiienko, from Cherkasy, Ukraine, currently living in Wroclaw, Poland. Studying Communication Design and working on the art of Ukraine and its relation to contemporary issues.

Alex Mikulenko, currently living and studying in the Netherlands, Leiden University.  Theoretical physics, sound/acoustics project, particle physics, neutrinos, general career development.

Mykhailo Marynenko, from Ukraine, “I’m a software engineer with a passion for building modern, collaborative, performant, and scalable web applications and libraries. But also in my spare time I’m a doing live-streaming, security researches, open-source software development, IoT and R&D.”

Music markets in everything

Over the past eight years, Scarlatti (a pseudonym he uses to keep his avant garde hobbies separate from his straight career), his brother (aka Ancient Pine), and a childhood friend who records under the name Pendra Gon, have been countering music’s increasing ease of availability by releasing recordings on formats intentionally designed to be difficult—or even dangerous—to play: Albums with ink screenprinted over the grooves. CD-Rs that have been made into air fresheners by having herbs glued all over them. Cassettes covered in shards of actual broken glass. (Scarlatti says his two partners are largely uninvolved in Auris at this point.)

“It never really started as a record label,” Scarlatti says. “It started kind of as a weird idea about releasing music that you couldn’t listen to or purchase. We never really could manifest a logical way to implement that, which is why it sort of evolved into the label. I guess it was more of an absurdist digital performance art, is what the idea was.”

Absurdity—specifically a kind of surly noise-geek strain of neo-Dadaism—runs through all of Auris’s “anti-releases.” For a recent cassette by LATHER, who constructs noisy arrangements out of piles of broken electronics, they removed the teeth in the tape’s reels, rendering it unplayable. A sold-out tape by Unholy Triforce called Some Assembly Required came in the form of a kit that a listener would have to assemble before playing. Scarlatti released one of his own compositions as a length of unspooled magnetic tape.

Here is the full story, via Ted Gioia.