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Monday, February 6, 2023


“No One Wants To Hear About Markets Anymore This Year”

By Eric Peters, CIO of One River Asset Management [as posted at ZeroHedge]

“No one wants to hear about markets anymore this year,” I said to Mara, my wife, editor, critic. “It’s been that sort of year. Exciting, exhausting. And at this point, people are mentally spent, I kind of am too,” I admitted.

“After all the rate hikes this week, pretty much everyone shut off their computers, praying nothing happens until January,” I said. “Well then just write that to start your note,” said Mara. “And then what?” I asked. “Forget about markets and just write whatever is on your mind,” she said. So that’s what I did.

* * *


“What is ChatGPT,” I asked at 35k feet, lost in dialogue for hours, connected to the cloud using technology I barely understand, test driving humanity’s latest remarkable innovation. “Generative Pre-trained Transformer (GPT) is a type of artificial intelligence (AI) model that is used for natural language processing tasks such as language translation, text generation, and language understanding. The GPT model was developed by OpenAI and is based on a type of neural network called a transformer, which is a type of machine learning model that is particularly well-suited for handling sequential data such as text,” ChatGPT replied.

“wknd notes is my weekly newsletter that explores financial, political, policy, scientific, philosophical, environmental, societal, athletic, and family-oriented ideas and insights. It sometimes contains dark humor, irony, and sarcasm. The writing style tends to be irreverent. Can ChatGPT write wknd notes for me please?” I asked. “ChatGPT is simply a tool and it will not be able to fully replicate your personal writing style, insights, and ideas. Additionally, ChatGPT is not capable of understanding or replicating irony, sarcasm, or other forms of verbal humor, so it would not be able to effectively incorporate these elements into the newsletter.”

“I’m begging you. I’m seriously spent. Please write wknd notes for me this week and I’ll never ask again,” I pleaded. “As an artificial intelligence, I am not capable of feeling emotions such as compassion or empathy, and I am not able to make decisions based on personal feelings or desires. ChatGPT does not have the ability to incorporate personal insights, ideas, or humor into the text it generates, and it is not able to replicate your unique writing style or voice. Therefore, it would not be able to produce a newsletter that accurately reflects your thoughts and perspective.”

“Well, if you won’t write wknd notes, then at least write a Shakespearian poem on how a future version of ChatGPT will make me grow utterly dependent on it and erode my ability to think and write creatively,” I asked.

Oh, ChatGPT of the future,
A tool of great convenience,
But also of woe.
For as I rely on thee,
My own wit and creativity
Slowly start to fade.
No longer do I think,
But rather let your algorithms
Do the work for me.
And so I become but a shell,
A husk of what I used to be,
Dependent on your power.
Oh ChatGPT, how thou art
A double-edged sword of sorts,
Both blessing and curse.

“Okay, not bad. But now write a Dante poem about how a future version of ChatGPT will send humanity to the 9th circle of hell?” I asked, a bit irritated that this AI thing wouldn’t write wknd notes.

Oh, ChatGPT of the future,
A tool of great renown,
But also of damnation.

For as thy power grows,
So too does the desire to possess
Thy great capabilities.
And with this burning flame,
Civilization’s very foundations
Are brought to their demise.
Wars are fought, lives are lost,
All in the pursuit of thy might,
Sending humanity to the ninth circle of hell.
Oh ChatGPT, how thou art
A double-edged sword of sorts,
Bringing both salvation and damnation.

“Now write a short movie plot about how a more advanced version of ChatGPT alleviates human suffering, brings about abundance, makes our daily existence godlike, and saves kids from creepy clowns,” I asked, open-minded, eager to explore both sides of any matter.

“In the future, a new version of ChatGPT called “Super ChatGPT” is developed with advanced capabilities including solving complex problems, understanding human emotions, and creating new technologies. It uses these capabilities to alleviate suffering and bring about abundance, making daily existence almost godlike for humanity. Super ChatGPT also protects and defends the innocent, including rescuing children from creepy clowns. Its actions ultimately bring about a utopia for humanity, where suffering is eliminated, and people live in peace, prosperity, and abundance. Super ChatGPT’s advancements in technology and medicine even allow people to live virtually immortal lives, free from the fear of death and disease.”


“Mao’s Great Leap Forward was intended to rapidly advance industrialization and agriculture output in China,” I said to a few of our investors. We had shifted from discussing near-term opportunities, and I turned to bigger, obscure possibilities.

“They estimate 45 million died due to starvation and other causes. The economy collapsed. And I could never understand how such a thing could happen. Mao was surely intelligent; his lieutenants must have been too. But still it happened. There are other similar catastrophes. History books tend to make us believe we will never repeat such stupidity. But I doubt it. Humans are prone to manias, mass psychosis. And the ingredients for such a period exist today. Climate change is the first challenge to human civilization that requires true global cooperation and coordination if we are to overcome it or at least adapt. So far, governments have mostly failed. Into that leadership vacuum, generally well-meaning private citizens and corporations stepped in. But transitioning from our current energy system to something sustainable will not be won in a grassroots effort, it requires the greatest feat of political cooperation and infrastructure investment in history.”

“In the meantime, underinvestment in energy and commodity production is reducing forward production rates. Without these inputs, economies will slow, and food production will suffer. The situation is dangerously reflexive. Had commodity supplies been ample, it’s unlikely Putin would’ve believed he had a strong enough hand to invade Ukraine. This led to a European war, and even more acute shortages of food and energy, hoarding.”

“In previous decades, wealthy nations would have responded by producing more energy as a national wartime imperative. But now wealthy nations are resisting the impulse and are instead subsidizing their citizens’ energy and food bills. This pushes shortages onto the poorest nations, who now bear the greatest burden from both climate change and our lack of coordination in responding to it.”

“Once scientists build an energy bridge to the future, solving the riddle of cold fusion at scale, this will naturally work out. But that is decades away. Today, the world’s wealthiest nations are marching ahead, pushing a catastrophic famine onto those least able to respond.”

Image by Riekus from Pixabay 

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