Apple announces that RCS support is coming to iPhone next year (5 minute read)

Apple has announced that it will adopt the Rich Communication Services (RCS) messaging standard. The feature will launch for iOS later next year. It will bring a wide range of iMessage-style features to messaging between iPhone and Android users. iMessage will continue to exist as the messaging platform used for all communication between iPhone users.

“Make It Real” AI prototype wows devs by turning drawings into working software (3 minute read)

tldraw's new Make it Real feature lets users draw an image of software and bring it to life using AI. It uses OpenAI's GPT-4V API to visually interpret vector drawings into functioning Tailwind CSS and JavaScript code. It can replicate user interfaces and even create simple implementations of games. A live demo of the feature is available online, but it requires an OpenAI API key. Users can opt to run the code locally.

The Lack of Compensation in Open Source Software is Unsustainable (7 minute read)

Companies can contribute to open source projects with money, developer time, or both.

Pipeless (GitHub Repo)

Pipeless allows developers to easily create, deploy, and run computer vision applications.

Why superconductor research is in a ‘golden age’ — despite controversy (9 minute read)

Superconductivity research is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance fueled in part by the new capabilities of computer simulations to predict the existence and properties of undiscovered materials. Scientists have unearthed several families of materials over the past few years that could have revolutionary properties. This article covers some of the history behind superconductivity research and the current state of the field.

All of the writing I did in a week as a software engineer (7 minute read)

Empathy and communication are less obvious skills that are helpful for working as a software engineer. One of the ways software engineers communicate is through writing. This article takes a look at all of the writing that a software engineer working at the Cloud Gateway team at Netflix does in a single week. In a week, the engineer wrote zero emails, a few dozen lines of code, a handful of Jira tickets, a couple of investigation and debugging docs, a few technical docs, and hundreds of Slack messages. An ergonomic keyboard is a very worthwhile investment.

On Value in a Post-Scarcity World (5 minute read)

A look at what a post-Artificial General Intelligence or post-Artificial Super Intelligence world actually means.

Ask HN: Is Unlimited PTO a Scam (Hacker News Thread)

Workers with unlimited PTO arrangements feel safer taking less time off compared to employees in jobs with fixed vacation days.

NYC Will Soon Be Home to 15 Robot-Run Vegetarian Restaurants From Chipotle’s Founder (2 minute read)

Kernel, a new endeavor from the founder of Chipotle, is a vegetarian fast-casual restaurant that will be operated mostly by robots. There are plans to open at least 15 locations with the first opening by early 2024. The remainder will be on track for New York City in the next two years. Each location will employ three workers who will receive more pay and better benefits than people working at other chains.