RT @davidgasquez@twitter.com

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


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.


“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.


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


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!


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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