RT @davidgasquez@twitter.com

This is a great example of Goodhart's Law: The cobra effect. 🐍

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perverse

RT @teej_m@twitter.com

If you want to be "data driven", that's your choice. But in my experience, data means nothing. youtube.com/watch?v=X6xmEzx2RE

"When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure" — Goodhart's law

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When the government became aware of this, the reward program was scrapped. When cobra breeders set their now-worthless snakes free, the wild cobra population further increased.

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Initially, this was a successful strategy and large numbers of snakes were killed for the reward.

Eventually, however, people began to breed cobras for the income.

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British colonialists concerned about the number of venomous cobras in Delhi, offered a bounty for every dead cobra.

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RT @matthlerner@twitter.com

After 17 years, we finally “cracked” a $100M churn problem at PayPal. Zero fancy tech. Just a spreadsheet, some simple SQL, and a physicist named Ben. 👇🏼

Sometimes, programming feels like magic: you chant some arcane incantation and a fleet of robots do your bidding. But sometimes, magic is mundane. If you’re willing to embrace the grind, you can pull off the impossible.

jacobian.org/2021/apr/7/embrac

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Arthur C. Clarke.

RT @neuralink@twitter.com

Monkey MindPong youtu.be/rsCul1sp4hQ

Same for games. Unskippable tutorial so you can learn how to move using right click!

RT @ShitUserStory@twitter.com

As a...
– new user
I want to...
– see an unskippable, 15-step guide to using every facet of the product, written in quirky short sentences, jumping around the screen on little floating modals, and irretrievable once complete
So that...
– I become an expert user, and do not churn.

RT @waitbutwhy@twitter.com

If you liked the Powers of Ten video, this will delight you.

youtu.be/pUF5esTscZI

You can play with this website to see the browser events that can be used to monitor online behaviour.

clickclickclick.click/

RT @grantwinship@twitter.com

i now do marketing @barrald@twitter.com let me know when i start ty

RT @colinscape@twitter.com

"Non-urgent issue with Analyze DB replication to BigQuery"

Just a taste of what crops up for the Infrastructure team at Buffer. A message from our Data team, related to a migration that was run the previous day. Want to be part of the solution? Join us!

journey.buffer.com/devops-engi

RT @waitbutwhy@twitter.com

When kids repeatedly ask “why?” they’re trying to see the underlying reasoning behind what they’re told by authorities. “Because I said so” rejects that instinct and says “stop reasoning and obey.” We then become adults who only know how to trust authorities other than ourselves.

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