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Mapping the suspicious aerial objects

February 13, 2023
Hello, Insiders. AI is the topic on everyone’s minds right now (other than last night’s Super Bowl). So this week, I’m focusing my notes on the ways it might change the world — starting with how it can work for you.

A big benefit is that AI can help boost productivity. You can use tools like ChatGPT as a Google alternative for research, and save tons of time by using it to analyze data. A realtor told us he’d used it to write real-estate listings; a lawyer used it to help write a will for himself. AI also helped write a children’s book. Tools like Grammarly can help you catch mistakes in text.

But there’s so much more to explore — stay tuned to my notes the rest of the week. And I’d love to hear your thoughts on AI: For now, let’s get started.

— Nicholas Carlson


In today’s edition: Mapping the suspicious flying objects being shot down, inside the Snoo creators’ empire, and the man who’s attended every Super Bowl. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.

Super Bowl, Ukraine, & dogecoin

  • Chiefs receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster found out on live TV that the Super Bowl win meant a $1 million bonus, doubling his salary for the year. Read more.
  • Ukraine claimed its first kill of Russia’s “Terminator” armored vehicle, believed to be one of Putin’s most advanced weapon systems. Images show the aftermath.
  • Elon Musk joked at the Super Bowl that he was talking to Rupert Murdoch about dogecoin — and the meme coin immediately jumped 5%. More here.

Goodnight, Snoo

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The babies in the Snoo’s 2019 ads weren’t nearly happy enough. The tots had been photographed fast asleep, strapped into the $1,700 high-tech bassinets.

But Nina Montée Karp, a cofounder of Happiest Baby, the company behind the Snoo, wanted them to smile, two former employees said. So she told a marketing employee to digitally adjust the corners of the babies’ mouths upward and add a pink flush to their cheeks.

Some Happiest Baby employees say it was just one of many absurd demands they faced from Montée Karp and her husband and cofounder, Dr. Harvey Karp.

Karp and Montée Karp launched the Snoo in 2016 and have since been hailed as visionaries — the saviors of sleep.

But more than a dozen former Happiest Baby employees and one current one described the company as a celebrity-obsessed, gossip-fueled “surveillance state.” (A Happiest Baby representative said employees’ concerns about management were “factually incorrect.”)



More UAPs, AI’s secret, & more

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  • The US has shot down three suspicious flying objects in three days. After shooting down a suspected Chinese spy balloon on February 4, a second balloon was spotted floating over Latin America, and two unidentified objects were then shot down over Alaska and Canada. Here’s what we know.
  • AI’s dirty secret. Robots and chatbots aren’t replacing humans; they’re just keeping the people pulling the levers out of sight and out of mind. The secret workers behind automation.
  • Companies are using layoffs to slash salaries for new hires. Recruiters say it’s companies trying to win back their pre-pandemic power. More on “The Great Reboot.”
  • A man moved to a remote village, cut off communication, and lost 137 pounds. Bryan O’Keeffe had tried everything to lose weight, so he did something drastic. He quit his job, moved to a small village in Spain, and cut off contact with loved ones. Here’s how it went.
  • “I made $200,000 last year selling printables.” Rebecca Beach sells PowerPoint and Canva templates online. She says it’s mostly passive income and she can end her day before the school pickup. Here’s how she did it.
  • A man has been to every Super Bowl. Gregory Eaton is just one of three surviving members of the Never Miss A Super Bowl Club, the only fans known to have attended every big game. Yet, despite this, he’s still never seen his team play in the Super Bowl. Read more here.
  • “I stayed in the cheapest, smallest cabin on one of Royal Caribbean’s biggest cruise ships.” With a queen-size bed, a sleeper sofa, and no windows, the cabin was cozy and functional, Amanda Adler writes for Insider. Go inside the cabin.

Brit Awards outfit fails

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The 2023 Brit Awards took place at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday. Many celebrities went for daring looks, but others missed the mark when it came to red-carpet style. View them here.

Kim Jong Un’s daughter

Kim Jong Un shows off his 10-year-old daughter at a military parade in North Korea. Kim Ju Ae, who is believed to be Kim Jong Un’s second-oldest child, took center stage at a military parade in North Korea, sparking questions on succession. Check it out.

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This edition was curated by Nicholas Carlson and edited by Hallam Bullock, Lisa Ryan, Dave Smith, Kevin Kaplan, and Shona Ghosh. Get in touch:

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