On the strange story of Joshua Browder and DoNotPay
This is one of the funniest episodes I think they’ve put out in a while. Thanks guys
Aww, Katie and Jesse, you guys are so sweet. Here's hoping you get to attend *each other's* funerals! ❤️
It really is too bad about DoNotPay... Because having a publicly available chatbot to navigate all the hoops companies make us jump through (which of course they set up on purpose in order to keep us locked into products, paying higher prices etc etc) is actually a great idea and would be an excellent, welfare increasing use of AI. I could see a similar approach being used to help people apply for public benefits they are entitled to. This kind of thing could actually could help a ton of people.
And the thing is, helping someone navigate customer service or apply for benefits does not require a law license! You could make a great product with this same basic business model and never run into the legal issues.
I just came here to point out that the hero of today's story Kathryn Tewson is a big fan of Jesse and definitely hasn't spent the last month plus railing against Jesse over trans issues.
Joshua Browder is the son of Bill Browder, an American-born financier/hedge fund manager, who was the grandson of Earl Browder, head of the American Communist Party (CPUSA). Bill renounced his US Citizenship and is based in the UK. He is most well-known for being the driving force behind the Magnitsky Act, against human rights abuse in Russia, so named for his Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, who died in Russian custody.
My brother successfully contested a speeding ticket once, but he still got hit with court costs that far exceeded the cost of the ticket. It literally would have been cheaper for him to just pay the ticket before the court date than successfully contest it, which is obviously the point.
Re: Joshua Browder. I think there's something wrong with people at Stanford. It seems like a very sick culture. From Theranos to Sam Bankman Fried's parents to (now) Browder, something's rotten there.
Best housekeeping segment EVER (with a hard R).
Elon Musk was born in South Africa, he legally cannot run for US President, how ridiculous are people?
AI/Automated demand letters are actually a kinda dumb idea. The whole point of a demand letter is to say "I'm serious enough about this that I've already hired and paid a lawyer." If it's just a cheap demand letter drafted by a non-lawyer, it totally fails that purpose.
I thought Jesse’s accent was British Mrs. Doubtfire.
I've been catching up slowly, and I'm in a different time zone (Israel) so I may be late or in the wrong thread.
But I need to remind Jesse that we Jews have our own "magic underwear." Of course, ours actually work! (And they serve a different function than the LDS ones.)
If Jesse had paid attention in Hebrew School, he would have known about the "Tallit Katan" (aka "tzitztit") which are worn under your shirt or outer garments. Many people wear a t-shirt between their body and the Tallit Katan, and a dress shirt over it. Some people tuck the fringes in and others let them hang out. (I like to let them hang out!).
Here's a link to a store that sells them. (I don't get a kickback from them! It's just for illustration).
Unlike the LDS garments, you don't need to be a card-carrying Jew to buy one.
I thought "hard arrrrgh" was a term for near-porn in a pirate movie.
I am a professional biologist and there is absolutely bird telepathy happening.
Woodpeckers drum on the loudest spot they can find.
Also, the other day I thought I heard right-wing chanting near my house but it was just pigeons having sex.
You are cursed. You must find a place with no birds.
Diplo’s eulogy might have been fake, but the majestic legacy of P-22 was real.
I feel that there is a Cyrano de Bergeracish movie with a Chatbot whispering sweet legalities to a lawyer in court who gets all the acclaim, while the now sentient AI is ignored for its big AI nose.