Plus: commercial text-to-3D generators have officially arrived Welcome to The Cusp: cutting-edge AI news (and its implications) explained in simple English. In this week's issue: * Commercial text-to-3D generators have officially arrived (& what it means for the industry) * ChatGPT scores 70% on a sample USMLE, leading many to wonder what's next
Plus: will ChatGPT kill Google Search? Welcome to The Cusp: cutting-edge AI news (and its implications) explained in simple English. In this week's issue: * ChatGPT (or software like it) poised to disrupt Google search, * Whisper V2 quietly launched in the background, * Our knowledge economy is coming to an end: how
Plus: how to use AI to mock up website landing pages in seconds Welcome to The Cusp: cutting-edge AI news (and its implications) explained in simple English. In this week's issue: * AI generates incredible quality landing page designs in seconds. * GPT3.5 released: longform (+500 word!) content is now just
Plus: a neat prompt hack that improves language model performance dramatically. Welcome to The Cusp: cutting-edge AI news (and its implications) explained in simple English. In this week's issue: * AI-generated stock photography ripe to dethrone Shutterstock & alternatives * Effortless question-answering on PDFs & images could save millions * A clever prompt hack to
Plus: how to turn an idea into a 2D animation in less than one minute. Welcome to The Cusp: cutting-edge AI news (and its implications) explained in simple English. In this week's issue: * Using AI to generate stylized 3d metaverse environments in seconds. * How to turn an idea into a
Plus: how to beat GPT-3 performance at 1% of the cost. Welcome to The Cusp: cutting-edge AI news (and its implications) explained in simple English. In this week's issue: * New: AI-generated piano covers indistinguishable from human-created ones * Instantly upsample any video from the '60s, '70s, or '80s by more than
Plus: how AWS is about to get hit—hard. Welcome to The Cusp: cutting-edge AI news (and its implications) explained in simple English. In this week's issue: * AI models can now surf the internet for you. * Compressing audio 10x with no loss in quality? AWS is about to get hit—
Welcome to The Cusp: cutting-edge AI news (and its implications) explained in simple English. In this week's issue: * The results are in: Google officially destroys AI generated content. But by how much—and is AI still profitable to use? * New AI developments set to decimate the interior design industry in
Welcome to The Cusp: cutting-edge AI news (and its implications) explained in simple English. In this week's issue: * Tech layoffs are forcing programmers out of work. And with AI coding assistants now writing > 30% of code, humans won't be hired back. * A useful mental model for you to understand how
If you're looking to get into animation as a career, you have less than 5 years.
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Artificial intelligence claims processing will soon disrupt the insurance industry. Here's how.
Artificial intelligence is advancing rapidly, and it's going to have a devastating effect on the call center industry.
Two types of AI that rapidly emerging - and which one comes to prominence first is the trillion-dollar question.
This little-known artificial intelligence time bomb is ticking closer with every second.
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Here's how to implement artificial intelligence in the workplace overnight. Cut costs, improve productivity, & automate workflow.
AI is now definitively better than human artists in almost every sense of the word. Do you see the writing on the wall?
Practical, step-by-step ways to streamline your sales process using artificial intelligence. Close twice the deals in half the time.
Right now, icons are laboriously hand-drawn by designers. But there's a gap in the market - and you can take advantage of it with AI.
In this series of volumes, I cover ways to use AI in your business. If you're an entrepreneur, marketer, or employed in the knowledge economy, this post is for you.
The future is here & AI is having sweeping impacts on our world. But most people don't understand it. Here are the 5 basic AI concepts you need to know today.
The Postponed Start problem is a persistent psychological trend that prevents us from accomplishing our goals.
I think, probably, the most effective and enjoyable route to sustainable diversified income streams is by building multiple small projects simultaneously. My doing so over the last two years has significantly improved my wealth and well being, and it has afforded me the time to think about bigger picture things
As I grow older, I’ve started to notice a peculiar pattern in my capacity for work and my ability to remain productive. Case in point: some days I feel like shit. I don’t even want to get out of bed, let alone make breakfast, go to work, or
Automation, at it's core, is essentially front-loading your work. You spend a certain amount of time, energy, or money at time x so that you don't have to repeatedly spend those resources at time y. Sounds great, right? But not all automations are made the same. As the concept of
Most people go about performance optimization wrong. They’ll start with a lofty, ill-defined goal — to become more productive, for example — and end with a hastily-cobbled together regimen of experimental nootropics or far-flung meditation practices. It doesn’t have to be that difficult. At our core, we are animals. We
If someone offered you a magic pill that made you significantly smarter, funnier, healthier, and more attractive, would you take it? What if they offered you that choice every night of your life? Would you take it as often as possible? I would. One of my primary drivers is maximizing
There is a small minority of people that actively love their jobs. They enjoy going to work every morning, have great relationships with their employers, and consider their careers fulfilling and useful. This article is not for them. The majority of human beings, unfortunately, do not enjoy their careers. They
History demonstrates that it is rarely the logical, dispassionate thinker that achieves great things. Instead, the majority of profound changes have almost always been led by emotionally driven, hot-blooded youth. Why? Because emotion is the driver of action, and action—some noninsignificant portion of the time—leads to success. A
In neuroscience, a default mode network is an activity pattern characterized by certain illuminations on an fMRI. These patterns denote the activity of your brain at rest—that is, the average activation level of each of your brain areas when not focused on a particular task. In short, it's what
If you're reading this, you have the ability to enhance your cognitive function & productivity significantly, right now. For free. You can boost memory, improve creativity, and learn faster - all with no drugs or crazy gimmicks. The only thing you need is the technology you're using right now. Here's how.
Want to learn how to play piano better than the vast majority of people on Earth? You can, and it will take you only a single day. Likewise, have you ever wanted to improve your rock climbing skills such that they are better than 95% of your friends? Again, it
A recurring theme in my writing is the notion that money and happiness are inextricably linked, and that the majority of people would benefit considerably by increasing the importance they place on money rather than attempting to find meaning in other, more flowery things (like rock climbing or yoga). This
Whether you like it or not, time will pass. There is nothing you can do to stop it, and you will never have as many hours in a day as you would like. In addition, there is an opportunity cost to everything you do: working on project A for one
What follows is a brief guide on how I learned photography in just sixteen hours. These techniques apply to any skill, and you can use them to dramatically decrease your total learning time regardless of topic or subject. As a professional body language coach [https://www.udemy.com/user/nick-j-wells/
Netlify Forms are a simple, easy way to set up forms on your statically generated websites. Historically, though, projects that use NuxtJS have had difficulty implementing Netlify Forms because of how Netlify crawls NuxtJS code. This guide shows you how to use Netlify Forms and NuxtJS effectively. How to use
NuxtJS is a modern web development platform that makes it easy to build fast, statically generated websites and applications. With TailwindCSS (& @tailwindcss/typography) you can build beautiful blogs in minutes. The following guide shows you how to install TailwindCSS and @tailwindcss/typography in three different situations: 1. If you're building
Deep voices are associated with strength, resilience, and competence. They've also been shown to significantly improve your attractiveness and your social standing. With that said, it's no wonder that you want to learn how to make your voice deeper. That's why, as a vocal tonality coach, I prepared this in-depth
Negotiating skills are the foundation behind a good life. If you can learn to negotiate effectively to get what you want, you'll see significant improvements in your career, your relationships, and your self-confidence. I wrote this guide on how to negotiate on Craigslist for that exact reason. Over the course
For the last long while, I’ve been making close to $1,000 extra every month from Skillshare. This side-stream of income has significantly improved my life, allowed me to say yes to more exciting experiences, and enabled me to save more money for rainy days. I love Skillshare. It’
Most of you will probably remember how, in the last five years, the news seemed ablaze with mentions of new advancements in neural networks. Incredible technology seemed to be coming out every other week with promises of better cancer diagnosis, automated driving, speech synthesis, and so on. Every new discovery
GPT-3 [https://github.com/openai/gpt-3] is the most advanced autoregressive language model in the world. To keep it simple, that means it’s very, very good at predicting the next word in a sentence. However, in the process of predicting words, the sophisticated technology that underlies the model also
Limitless. Transcendance. The Matrix. Pop culture is rife with people manipulating their own minds and becoming something more than what they are. But it turns out that brain hacking doesn’t just stop at showbiz — it’s now taken a life of it’s own, and communities all over the
Congratulations — you’ve found yourself in a fight. Probably against somebody bigger and stronger than you, who, unlike your scrawny ass, hasn’t spent the last ten years of their life in front of a monitor. Your mother would be proud. And then a little sad, because you’d probably
Prior to 1995, the average cable bill was only twenty or thirty dollars per month [https://puttingoutthevibe.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/average-cable-prices-by-year.png] . But with the rise of the Internet and ubiquitous streaming, it’s now not uncommon for cable bills to be in the $130 range or higher
Bruises can be rough to deal with. They’re ugly, painful, and, for some reason, always show up in the worst, least socially acceptable places. I’m no stranger to bruises — I bang my knee on something at least once a day. And after years of purple legs and painful
Credit cards are awesome. Until they aren’t. With over 80% of Americans in debt, it’s clear that some people have problems managing their credit. Make no mistake — despite financial literacy programs and credit recommendations, credit card companies do not want you to pay your balance in full each
PO boxes are all about options. Some people use them because they’re roomier and can fit large packages that their apartment office box isn’t big enough for. Others use them as business addresses for small start-ups that can’t afford an office. Many homeless people even use PO
Porn is awesome. You get to set your own hours, travel around the world, and make a substantial amount of money per shoot. Plus your work is literally sex. That’s not to say it’s not difficult, though. Porn can also be an exhausting, extremely competitive, and short-lived career
Having a strong, capable voice is a cornerstone of authority and grace. In this guide, I'll teach you how to get your voice back in minutes using natural tips & tricks. You'll learn how to keep your vocal cords strong and supple by minimizing acidity, applying moisture at certain intervals, and
Master’s degrees open the door to unprecedented opportunity, wealth, and success. They give you better job options, better pay, and give you a substantial amount of reputation in your subject of interest, meaning your words now carry weight. Of course, these benefits don’t come all at once. You
Want to learn how to get verified on Instagram? This simple guide will walk you through every step you can take to maximize your chances of getting that lusted-after blue checkmark. Getting verified on Instagram can completely change your brand. It implies legitimacy, notoriety, fame, and — let’s face it
Today, tootsie pops are an internet phenomenon. Their brilliant marketing strategy along with tasty product fulfillment have led hundreds of articles to be published on the very topic of how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop —one of their most successful advertising campaigns
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The below picture was taken almost six years ago. In it, Hugh Herr, a leading biophysicist and professor at the MIT Media Lab, delivers a stunning speech [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDsNZJTWw0w] about his research, personal triumphs, and the future. Six years ago, the technology existed for that
The term cognitive enhancement probably still seems like it belongs in a science fiction book. However, recent advancements in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology have led to widespread adoption of so-called smart drugs— cognitive enhancers that improve your ability to focus, remember, and be productive. Currently, there are three main classes of
Prosthetics have seen significant improvements over the last few half-century. Science has taken us from clunky, Frankenstein-esque jig systems to modern myolectric and neuroprosthetic products that use electrical stimulation from your muscles or nerves to move. In this simple guide, you’ll learn simple explanations for how different types of
I’m a big fan of reverse engineering success. Every problem I’ve ever had in my life has been solved through a simple, step-by-step approach: 1. Find someone that succeeds where you fail 2. Identify why they win 3. Incorporate those traits into your own life I’ve used
Neurotechnology devices have come a long way over the last decade. We’ve seen massive advancements in signal quality, biofeedback, and hardware, and these have given both startups and established companies new fuel for innovation. Some of the neurotechnology devices listed below are reported to provide minor assistance to sleep.
One would think the recent COVID-19 outbreak would be having massive effects on the local beer giant’s brand. But the truth may be a little more complicated. Is Coronavirus Affecting Corona Beer Sales? Google Trend data shows that searches for “Corona Beer” have increased by over an order of
If you’re like most people that take Viagra, you probably don’t want it to work in an hour. You’d much rather have it work right now. Or better yet, five minutes ago. Unfortunately, there’s no button you can press for instant erections. But there are ways
Sunday night rolls around, and it’s time for your weekly batch of heavily procrastinated studying. But no matter what you do, you can’t seem to focus. Words seem to slip through your fingers; you may be reading them, but you’re not understanding them. Why? It’s simple:
Today, most people don’t have the privilege of getting a full night’s rest. Our lives are so adrenaline and stimulation fueled — phones, music, work, and play — that it leaves little time for anything else. When we do get the opportunity to sleep, it’s often less than we’
You’ve got a tattoo shop. And you’ve spent all this time and energy getting it set up, honing your craft, and applying for registrations. But despite all of your hard work, the customers just ain’t coming. Why? Here’s the thing: having a strong marketing funnel is
It’s not as easy as most people think to make money as a teen. Getting a local job can be hard and usually pays very little. People are less likely to trust you since you’re young, even if you’re mentally more mature than they are. Plus, having
Freelance web development is one of the most competitive industries on Earth. Because of its location-independent nature, you’re not just competing with people in your local country — you’re competing with people all over the entire world. Long-term, sustainable freelance web development thus requires a consistent method to get
There’s no question about it: neurotechnology is the next big thing. The ability to read, effect, and control the inner workings of our mind is one of the most important projects of our time. Before 2012, the majority of neurotechnology research was confined to academic institutions, and thus at
Ata certain point in your life as an internet marketer, you’ll have to hire your first employee. Unfortunately, this is a significant expense, and the way in which you do it can either make or break your business. One way to minimize risk and maximize reward is by steering
There is no bigger problem on planet Earth today than age-related death. Pandemics, genocides, wealth disparity, systematic torture — all of these pale in ethical comparison to the pure suffering that billions of sentient beings have gone through as a result of merely living to their expiration dates. Yuval Harari, historian
As we speak, Coronavirus is radically changing our world. Public facilities are shutting down. People are panicking and bulk-buying goods. Businesses are closing their doors. And unpredictability, previously one of the main assets of modern entrepreneurs, has turned against us — leading to more economic uncertainty and instability than ever before.
I’ve always wanted to write every day. I’ve just never had the discipline or consistency to do so… until now. People have always told me that they liked my writing. Whether it was a blog post, an essay, a comment, or even a text message, I’ve always
Tomost, the world telepathy likely conjures up images of comic book superheroes or fantasy elves. But many futurists, neuroscientists, and industrialists around the world are growing increasingly convinced that telepathy is soon to be the dominant form of human communication for generations to come. Laws of Nature Widely acclaimed British
> Note: the above image was entirely created using math. Neural networks are awesome! If you’re like me, you’ve always struggled with math. Elementary school, high school, college — when it was time for math class, I always felt like curling up into a ball and dying. Most people, myself
Immortality is no longer a far-flung dream that lives only in the minds of science-fiction authors. It’s a quantifiable goal that, in all likelihood, humanity will soon surpass. Putting aside ethical discussions (for the moment), how might one practically achieve immortality in the coming decades? I and many others
Wondering how to get personal training clients in 2020? Unfortunately, today it’s not enough to simply begin a personal training business and leave it at that. You need to work harder than ever before to succeed. We live in a time of tremendous competition and overwhelming complexity. In order
Life extension is an exciting and controversial topic. And one that I feel a deep-rooted responsibility to write about, because I never plan on dying. On the one hand, every human being that has ever lived has perished. Emperors and kings, visionaries and inventors — for all of their accomplishments, every
Want to know how to market your floral business in the digital age? In 2020, you can’t just open your flower shop and wait for customers to come to you. You have to go to them. Luckily, with the Internet, that’s never been easier (and cheaper!) to do.
In 2022, people buy everything on the Internet. Which also means… in 2022, people sell everything on the Internet. Online sales are practically the crux of our economy. The face-to-face salesperson, while still powerful, has largely been dwarfed by the sheer scale of online marketplaces — and this has provided unprecedented
Learning how to be confident on camera is one of the most important skills anyone can have in 2020. Consider: over three billion people use social media like Facebook and Instagram, and video content is by far the most powerful medium on both platforms. Video content informs, inspires, and incites.
Let me guess — you consider yourself an avid reader. If you’re like most people on Medium, you read one or two books every month, most of which are probably non-fiction. You spend your free time learning about history, business, self-help, and finance, mostly because the authors of such books
Most blog posts on insurance company marketing all start off the same: weak, general tips that sound more like an ‘intro to marketing 101’ class than a guide on how to grow your agency. Here’s one of my all-time favorite introductions: > As the owner of an insurance company, you
Since the dawn of time, human beings have hungered for more. More knowledge. More power. More fun. More… life. So it’s no surprise that you’re reading this right now. Whether you’re looking for a competitive edge at school, or you simply want to think faster, longer, or
Intoday’s accelerating technological landscape, it’s hard to stay on top as a physiotherapy clinic owner. Almost every day, there’s new treatments coming out… new regulations being added or updated… or new technology emerging. Frankly, it makes your job a nightmare. It was hard enough keeping track of
Most articles on insurance company marketing start off the same: weak, general tips that sound more like an ‘intro to marketing 101’ class than a guide on how to grow your insurance agency. Not this one. I don’t want you just to get inspired from this post. I want
Itis no longer optional. It is no longer a luxury. If you have a business, hobby, or project that you want to share with people in 2020, you need to make a website. A couple of reasons why websites are king (as opposed to old-school business cards, pamphlets, or notebooks)
Marketing a dental practice isn’t easy. It takes dedication, grit, and (usually) quite a bit of spare change. But what if I told you that there was a way to market your dental clinic for less than one-tenth of the cost of traditional advertising? You’d probably give me
Marketing your auto shop in 2020 was hard. But marketing your auto shop in 2020 will be even harder. To succeed in today’s age of overwhelming competition, you need three things: fantastic fulfillment, great customer service, and rock-solid marketing. I’m here today to talk about the last one.
Note: this works best for businesses that sell primarily online. If you’re a local business, skip to the end for specifics. Reddit is one of the most popular websites on the Internet. With over 1.7 billion monthly visits, there are more eyes on Reddit than nearly any other
> “A dog can’t be anything but a dog. A tree can’t be anything but a tree. But a human being can be whatever he wants to be.” — Les Brown You hold more power in your hands at this very moment than the wealthiest, most powerful person alive had
If you run a local small business, you’re definitely going to want to read this. First, let’s get this out of the way — what’s the purpose of a small business? Learning how to advertise means jack squat if you don’t know why you’re doing it.
The human brain is amazing. With an estimated 90 billion neurons, your brain is constantly connecting, growing, and evolving. Its trillions of active synapses (each with their own unique biochemical mileu) track memories, feelings, emotions — everything that makes you you. For what looks on the outside to be merely a
Note: after this started trending on Google, I filmed a 1-hour, in-depth masterclass on productivity/automation techniques. It’s one of the top-rated courses on Skillshare. Watch it (and all my other content) for free with this link [https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/nickandsoma]. The average user spends over
I get it — we all want to be master closers. We’ve all watched hours of Dan Lok [https://danlok.com/], Grant Cardone [https://grantcardone.com/], and Jordan Belfort [https://jordanbelfort.com/] expertly juggle a prospect’s concerns and look badass while doing it. But as any actual master closer
40 is the new 20, and Bachelors degrees are the new GED. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why modern society puts such great emphasis on post-secondary education? Why, in a world where knowledge is more decentralized and free than ever, are you and I (and everyone we
A well seasoned gatekeeper is often an inside salesperson’s worst nightmare. They’re deal destroyers. It’s literally part of their job description — to prevent you from reaching the one person you need to reach most (the decision maker). I also have a sneaking suspicion that many gatekeepers take
I meet one hundred people every day. Shocking? Maybe. But in outside sales (my chosen field) it’s just part of the job. Sometimes, ninety nine of those one hundred reject me outright. But a key thing to remember is that I don’t lament over the ones that said
Split testing, a common approach in digital advertising today, became my go-to job hunt method at the end of last month. And it can be yours, too. Some context: I was in a rough spot. Personally, financially… things were, suffice to say, not doing so well. I needed a quick
Note: if you like this sort of stuff, I filmed a 1-hour, in-depth masterclass on productivity techniques including automation. It’s got thousands of students, and is one of the top-rated courses on Skillshare. Watch it (and all my other content) for free with this link [https://www.skillshare.com/
How do you become an entrepreneur? The answer may seem anticlimactic, but it’s surprisingly simple. Just decide to be one. Entrepreneurship requires no sign-up form, no application process, and nothing outside of your own head. You don’t need to be certified, and you certainly don’t need to
Once upon a time, I thought burnout wasn’t real. It was a few years ago, before I knew better. During this time, coworkers would often find me in the company kitchen, bragging about how little sleep I had the night before, or how many hundreds of hours a day
Note: after this went viral, I filmed a 1-hour, in-depth masterclass on productivity techniques and this very topic. It’s got thousands of students, and is one of the top-rated courses on Skillshare. Watch it (& all my other stuff) for free with this link [https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/
Ah, sales. The mystical art of making money fall out of the sky and into my wallet. For some reason, I’ve always been great at it. I’ve always closed deals significantly more often than my coworkers, and sales jobs for me have always been, to be honest, pretty
Our phones today function as second brains. They have the power to connect with nearly anybody, anywhere on the face of the planet, through email, social media, or a phone call. They possess the capacity to browse the Web, contact nearby cell towers, and even receive emergency national broadcasts from
Want to up your memorization game? Get the top 10 best Anki decks of 2020. Anki, a next generation memory app, has taken the world by storm. Literally meaning “memorization” in Japanese, the Anki algorithm spaces out flashcard presentations at incredibly precise intervals that maximize memory consolidation and storage. It’