Hello, Insiders. For some of us in the US, it’s a long weekend. So we’ve packed this edition of the newsletter with fascinating reads, the latest on some major trends, your notes on the AI revolution, and even a list of what you should watch. But before all of that, I have a request.
Putin’s Russian goon squad used Mexican gig workers to troll an American election.
A freelance writer in Mexico took a job making Instagram posts on politically divisive subjects. Little did he know, he was a bit player in an international troll network that reported to Yevgeny Prigozhin.
“We have interfered, we are interfering, and we will continue to interfere,” Prigozhin boasted in November, just before the US midterm elections. “Carefully, accurately, surgically and in our own way, as we know how to do.”
Welcome to Generation Quit. Quitting has been the big job theme of the last two years — particularly for Gen Z. With low pay and little room for advancement, it’s no wonder many are choosing to move on. More on the new work reality.
“I’m a Zillennial who built a five-bedroom house with my parents.” After a 30-year-old elementary school teacher moved in with his parents at the beginning of the pandemic, they collectively decided to make a more permanent investment in their living situation. Why he thinks more people should do it.
“I stayed in the cheapest, smallest cabin on one of Royal Caribbean’s biggest cruise ships.” Insider’s Amanda Adler took her family of three aboard the Symphony of the Seas. For one week, her family stayed in a 149-square-foot room with one queen-size bed and no windows. What it was like.
Entertainment — big and small
“Sharper,” a new film starring Julianne Moore, John Lithgow, and Sebastian Stan, hits Apple TV+. Check out the trailer.
Monday is President’s Day — so let’s take a look at the 2024 race. Florida governor Ron DeSantis is a frontrunner for the Republican nomination. What are his chances of winning it all? Our video breaks it down.
“A few of us might employ AI to more rapidly or thoroughly research data, to engage in scientific discussions, to more carefully plan a construction project or other large logistical endeavor, and that may turn out to be a good thing. But to replace writing with AI is net negative.” – Rick
“Succinctly, RE: AI for creative endeavors. Don’t. Ever.” – Peter
“AI could personalize learning materials, their timing, complexity, and delivery methods, to such an extent that the holes of knowledge and skills wouldn’t ever exist. … Few activities are more difficult than unlearning ‘wrong or outdated’ knowledge or wrongly developed skill sets that have become muscle memory.” – M.S.
“It is my understanding that AI will supply only the information AI finds most appropriate for me. I prefer to decide this for myself. Aside from that, journalists infuse character and personality into the articles. There is no way to replace this additional enjoyment with an electronic brain.” – Kim
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