The Waiting Room is Always Full

Plus: AI for the physical world, Distil the essence of your product, How you create your passion and much more...

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IDEAS
The Waiting Room is Always Full

Have you ever noticed how your to-do list keeps growing?

How there are always dirty dishes and laundry to do?

How there are always new ideas to work on?

Well, this is a fact of life whether we like it or not.

I recently heard Ali Abdaal, a popular productivity YouTuber and former junior doctor, talk about this when recounting the stress of working in hospitals.

He felt he could never make visible progress through the backlog of patients in the waiting room.

Until a mentor told him, “The waiting room is always full.”

The sage advice applies to all areas of life.

Like the Stoics, we should “return to the rhythm” of everyday life—daily tasks, work stresses, and new projects.

Our “waiting room” will always be full. All we can do is focus on working through the backlog.

INSIGHTS
From around the web

Data from Similarweb this week showed ChatGPT to be miles ahead of its competitors in terms of worldwide site traffic, with 1.77B visits in March.

Similarweb

Although Gemini and Claude are growing faster than ChatGPT, Google saw more than 4x less traffic than OpenAI for its chat products.

It’s fascinating to see the Law of Leadership (the first of The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing) play out in this market.

According to the law, it’s better to be first than better. I.e. the first company in a market will be first in the prospect’s mind.

While this law is not the be-all-and-end-all (MySpace was the first social networking site, and we know how that ended), it’ll take something big for ChatGPT to lose its perch.

I enjoy nothing more than generating wacky images for my newsletter thumbnails or getting ChatGPT to generate code for me.

But I’m obsessed with seeing how AI can help us understand and shape the physical world.

There’s so much we don’t yet understand, from dark matter to quarks. So, Archetype’s release of Newton, an AI model that understands the physical world, is super exciting.

Like Sam Altman, I believe we’ll have some form of AGI when we can ask these systems to discover new physics without an error generating a response.

Hopefully, more companies like Archetype AI will help us better understand the universe and become masters of our fate in the galaxy.

The old cliche is that “data is the new oil.” But there is no space where that is more true than AI, where data from all corners of the internet is literally fuelling the development and training of the best models.

Data custodians, from Getty Images to the NYT, have realised they are sitting on a gold mine.

One such example is a company called Photobucket—which was basically Instagram before Instagram.

Photobucket.com

Even though hardly anyone knows about them (or uses them) today, Photobucket is getting a new lease on life with an opportunity to license out billions of dollars worth of training data to AI companies.

It shows that even if a company’s main product fails, there will still be opportunities to capitalise on. It just might not be the one you expect.

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TOOLS
Notion

Notion is my second brain, personal operating system and content catalogue.

It’s the engine driving my efforts with this newsletter and my No-Code/AI product development—from brainstorming ideas and writing drafts to hosting databases and coding.

With their community-driven templates for your personal or professional goals, Notion is the canvas for your ideas to come to life.

The icing on the cake is that the Notion team ships—their AI features give your workspace intelligence and will, in turn, allow you and your team to ship faster.

RESOURCES
The No-Code x AI Bootcamp

If you're a regular here, you’ll know I’ve been through the Bootcamp myself. I'm not big on courses, and I recommend even fewer.

That speaks volumes about this one. It was a game-changer.

I’ve always been 'almost there.’ Full of ideas, yet stuck at the starting line, watching others on Twitter launch their products and succeed.

Then, I joined the Bootcamp. It completely changed my perspective.

I discovered the true power of building with No-Code and launched my MVP in a weekend.

I’m no longer hampered by analysis paralysis and have a roadmap of ideas and products I plan to build.

If you’re feeling stuck like I was, this Bootcamp is the way to break free.

THOUGHTS
Quote I’m Pondering

“The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action in mind.”

— Frank Herbert, Author of Dune

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— Luca

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