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Dec. 21, 2023

E7: OpenAI updates, macro predictions, and why McDonald’s is a software company

E7: OpenAI updates, macro predictions, and why McDonald’s is a software company

Writer Byrne Hobart and investor Erik Torenberg discuss new updatates from OpenAI, Byrne's macroeconomic predictions, the importance of software for Microsoft, and more.

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This week, writer Byrne Hobart and investor Erik Torenberg discuss new updatates from OpenAI, Byrne's macroeconomic predictions, the importance of software for Microsoft, and more. Moment of Zen is sponsored by Shopify: https://shopify.com/momentofzen for a $1/month trial period.

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Byrne's writing: https://thediff.co

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TIMESTAMPS:

(00:00) Intro

(00:20) New updates on OpenAI

(02:50) The continuum between overcoming natural inertia and a Ponzi scheme

(04:03) Whoever actually has negotiating leverage is in charge

(06:28) The uncertainty theory of conflict

(13:04) Lags in AI product release

(17:37) Sponsor - Shopify

(19:12) Crypto markets

(26:48) Byrne's macro predictions

(31:00) Deep dive on McDonald's loyalty program

(38:59) Byrne's perspective on the effect of minimum wage

(49:42) Donor activism at colleges

(58:29) Wrap

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Producer: Sam Kaufman

Editor: Seven Morris

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