Episode 540: Moderately Blown Away

Manton talks to Daniel about releasing MarsEdit 5, his excitement about the positive reactions, and his frustration about it not being approved by Mac App Store Review. They grapple with the uncertainty that app review opaqueness creates, and Daniel wonders if he could have done anything differently to make things go more smoothly. They talk about the mind-blowing impact of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, and about the implications of machine learning on human creativity. Finally, they weigh the pluses of minuses of AI in general, and Daniel wonders whether he could fake virtually any job with the help of the technology.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:


  • MarsEdit 5 – Daniel’s blog post announcing the major upgrade.
  • ChatGPT – The machine-learning based conversational text AI.
  • When the Robots Come for Me – Manton’s short post explaining that he is avoiding ChatGPT for fear of being distracted.
  • Where I Roam – Daniel’s Micro.blog post featuring a screenshot of the ChatGPT-generated rock song about Micro.blog.
  • Dithering podcast – A subscription-based podcast from John Gruber and Ben Thompson.
  • DALLĀ·E – The machine-learning based image generation tool, also from OpenAI.
  • Midjourney – Another image-generating tool based on machine learning.
  • John Henry – Wikipedia page about the American folk hero.
  • Cut-ups – A history and description of the literary technique pioneered by William S. Burroughs.

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December 9, 2022 at 8:48 pm.