Should you be optimistic about the future of tech?

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December 22nd, 2023

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The asymmetric upside of being positive

It can be tempting to default to pessimism. Social media tends to favor pessimistic takes.

But as Dalton Caldwell writes, "this type of worldview doesn’t help founders building startups. The problems with any new startup are usually obvious and numerous, but you have to balance that with seeing the upside of making it work."

In this latest episode of Dalton & Michael, the two YC Group Partners share why they're optimistic about the future of tech.

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Top posts from this week
  1. Figma and Adobe abandon proposed merger (www.figma.com)
    2190 points by supafastcoder | 962 comments

  2. ArXiv now offers papers in HTML format (blog.arxiv.org)
    1069 points by programd | 282 comments

  3. Simulating fluids, fire, and smoke in real-time (andrewkchan.dev)
    768 points by ibobev | 165 comments

  4. Apple allows some iOS apps to track user locations via lists of nearby SSIDs (wingu.se)
    764 points by lloyds_barclays | 291 comments

  5. James Webb Space Telescope captures high-resolution image of Uranus (webbtelescope.org)
    686 points by gmays | 275 comments

  6. How to learn chess as an adult (2021) (www.alexcrompton.com)
    595 points by pseudolus | 299 comments

  7. Ventoy (www.ventoy.net)
    583 points by matthberg | 107 comments

  8. Wasm3 entering a minimal maintenance phase (github.com)
    556 points by padolsey | 143 comments

  9. The Final Speech from The Great Dictator (1940) (www.charliechaplin.com)
    520 points by hypertexthero | 370 comments

  10. 0% of the phrases of the original Wikipedia "Ship of Theseus" article remain (twitter.com)
    505 points by fortran77 | 123 comments
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