September 2021

David Rangel

A few interesting things (Sept. 2021)

Each month we share a list of items that the Merus team found interesting and that we think you will too. Let us know if you have any comments or if you’ve come across similar things that may interest us.

1) The Secret Diary of a ‘Sustainable Investor’ - An insider's view of the sustainable investing trend and how it's not only ineffectual but actually dangerous. - Sean

2) From the Earth to the Moon - This series, made in 1998 and produced by Tom Hanks, tells the story (quite accurately) of the Apollo missions from the perspective of the people involved. It's a good complement to one of our recent recommendations: One Giant Leap. - David

3) What Is Life?: Five Great Ideas in Biology - In a mere 140 pages one of the leading lights of modern biology, geneticist and Nobelist Paul Nurse, addresses this fundamental question. - Salman

4) Open AI Codex Live Demo - Open AI announced Codex, a tool that translates natural language to code, a few weeks ago. This video demo is worth watching to get a sense of what the product can do (it's impressive!). Codex is a descendant of GPT-3 and the points in our post on GPT-3 and the challenge for startups are very relevant. - David

5) 100 Foot Wave - A series on surfer Garrett McNamara's search for ever larger waves and efforts to turn Nazare, Portugal into the big wave capital of the world. - Sean

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