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Really useful dive into one of "pace layers" I really think this framework will suit you well. Lets see where this goes!

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Jan 16·edited Jan 17Liked by Packy McCormick

Sometimes wearing a blindfold at the earliest stages of experimentation prevents overconfident pessimism. The Blind Evolution of Everything applied to startupland. Love it!

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Jan 17Liked by Packy McCormick

I love the parallels between your new focus on "Pace Layers" and the way Tim Urban breaks down our culture systems in "What's Our Problem?"

Curious, if Tim is a big inspiration for your writing and style?

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Jan 16Liked by Packy McCormick

Kindred spirits this week sir-- I wrote about a similar theme this morning actually from a slightly different lens: https://usa.beehiiv.com/p/ads-ai-and-what-else

Watching all these Amazon & Google layoffs (while their businesses are still printing cash) makes me feel like especially big tech is starting to lose the experimental edge.

We give big tech a LOT of latitude in America to hold unprecedented corporate power-- I see it as a sort of social contract where they promise to build us a whole lot of cool shit if we tolerate monopoly lite. The whole arrangemnet breaks if they don't get weird enough or startups don't fill the void.

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It's a great concept and I was about to share the article until the Elon praise and the platforming of the authoritarianism promoting guy being used as an example of a healthy step. Those things in an article that mostly defends liberty is a major contradiction. We have already "experimented" with the stuff they promote and it did not end well. Sometimes you seem to spouse a "political neutrality" of sorts, but then your glowing examples and idols should not always be hard right wingers, looking the other way to the despicable things they say about other humans. Also, the pushback against the experimentation layer, per the model, does not come from within, but from the other layers.

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What role does the convenience tech provides in our daily life eroded our comfort with experimentation?

Now that things like entertainment (no more zapping endlessly through channels), payment, traveling through a foreign city have become effortless, experimentation and randomness is less common. We expect to be on the straight path, without detours.

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Plaid was The Company That leaked My data .. And I'm not interested in any service that Corp provides

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