Top 5 Reads of the Week | February 20, 2019

Openai’s New Multitalented AI Writes,
Translates, and Slanders

by James Vincent | The Verge

“Give it a fake headline, and it’ll write the rest of the article, complete with fake quotations and statistics. Feed it the first line of a short story, and it’ll tell you what happens to your character next. It can even write fan fiction, given the right prompt.”


by Rusty Guinn | Epsilon Theory

“If you work directly with clients, this conflict between doing what is in a client’s comfort zone and doing what you think would produce the best possible expected investment outcome for that client is the single hardest part of your job. If you are doing your job right, it’s the thing you will think about the most, that you will struggle with the most.”


The case for capping all prison sentences
at 20 years

by German Lopez | Vox

“It forces a conversation about what prisons are for: Are they for keeping the public safe? Rehabilitating inmates? Purely for revenge? If our answer as a society is the first two, but not the latter, then a cap is something we should consider.”


A Closer Look at Quality:
The Fuzziest of Factors

by Ben Johnson, CFA | Morningstar

“Much as the value effect is more pronounced among small-cap stocks, I believe quality has the potential to amplify the gains from value. After all, buying good companies at good prices just makes sense.”


The Women Who Contributed to Science
but Where Buried in the Footnotes

by Ed Yong | The Atlantic

“In the 1980s, the practice of shunting programmers to the acknowledgments section declined. That’s partly because the task steadily fell more to graduate students and postdocs, who were rewarded with authorship… Programmers, essentially, only became rewarded with authorship when they started becoming male.”