Building an AI Chatbot, Firing This Newsletter, and More

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Hello and happy Sunday! 

We had a packed week this week: we published 5 original essays for you :)

This was our last full week of publishing until January! You should expect a few more pieces from us this week, and a few roundups of our best pieces. After that we'll let our writers take a break to read, recharge, and think—so that we have the juice to keep bringing you the best business writing on the internet in 2023.

Here's everything we published this week!

I Built an AI Chatbot Based On My Favorite Podcast

Dan Shipper / Superorganizers

Dan is a huge fan of the Huberman Lab podcast, a neuroscience podcast by Stanford neurobiologist Andrew Huberman. Unfortunately, the episodes are also very long—each one averages a few hours, and it's hard to find specific information by scrubbing through old episodes. 

So he built a solution over the weekend: a Huberman Lab chatbot using GPT-3. You can ask it questions, and it will answer them based on transcripts from the show.

In this essay he unpacks how he built it, and what the implications are for the future of content creators.


Should You Fire This Newsletter?

Evan Armstrong / Napkin Math

Every internet writer makes predictions about the future. But how many of them are good at it?

This week in Napkin Math, Evan takes on the challenge of figuring that out about himself. He tallies all of the predictions he's made in his column over the last year and breaks down what he got right...and what he missed.

So should you fire this newsletter? Read on to find out.


You Got Laid Off. Now What?

Jason Shen / Rethinking Resilience

Layoffs are roiling tech, with over 120,000 tech workers affected in 2022. Losing your job is never easy, and losing it during a downturn like the one we're currently experiencing is particularly scary.

So what can you do to cultivate skills to handle a going through a layoff—and come out the other side better and stronger than before? Jason Shen explores in his latest essay.


How to Prioritize a Roadmap

Nathan Baschez / Divinations

Prioritizing a roadmap is uniquely challenging—and also incredibly important. Setting the right priorities can mean the difference between success and irrelevance.

What to do when you're feeling like you're taking shots in the dark as you plan features? Nathan has 10 theses for building better products that should help give you a gut check.


Spotify's Big Bet on Audiobooks

Tyler Finkelstein

Audiobooks are the fastest-growing segment of the books market. And Spotify is moving into Audible's turf—making a play for listeners' ears...and their wallets.

But can they compete? Tyler Finkelstein, who founded a company in the space, breaks down the battle ahead.


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