Platformonomics TGIF #20: September 1, 2023


New post format: a weekly rollup of links, comments on those links, activity updates and attempts at humor.  The intention is quicker hits in addition to the less frequent big posts and more timely hammering on my favorite themes. This is my primary hangout until the contours of the post-Twitter world become clear. Be sure to subscribe below and to the right to receive all my output via email.

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Every Single” Amazon PR Team is Working on Generative AI (Part I’ve Lost Count)

Even as Google finally begins to bestir itself, Amazon’s PR team remains focused on generative AI and their LLM-less AI strategy. The Information has a piece this week with a whole new backstory about Amazon’s LLM forays: “There are signs it is starting to get touchy about the perception that it’s at risk of falling behind in AI.”


Just a coincidence these two tweets are back to back?

Previous: “Every Single” Amazon PR Team is Working on Generative AI, Titan or Titanic?, Amazon Pioneers LLM-less Generative AI, A PR Campaign About Nothing: AWS and Generative AI, Day Two of Amazon’s PR Campaign About Nothing, Amazon’s Relentless PR Campaign About Nothing

Just Three Steps into a 10k Race…

Bluster, Bombast and Bullshit: Just Another Day at Salesforce

In a week Dreamforce went from “the largest AI event ever” to now “the largest and most magical”. Presumably the addition of keynotes by another actress and Salesforce’s “chief ethical & humane use officer”1 vaulted them over that magical bar.

Previous: Salesforce’s Shamelessness is Staggering, Salesforce Gonna Salesforce, The Spectacle that is Dreamforce

New Relic: We Were Against Private Equity Before We Were For It

Previous: Perfidious Private Equity, New Relic Falls into Private Equity’s Clutches After All, New Relic to Become a New (Private Equity) Relic, New Relic Gets Stay of Execution (from Private Equity), Private Equity Begins Destruction of Sumo Logic

This Week’s Software Migration Alerts

When private equity comes amalgamating, it is time to start migrating. Why? Because private equity ruins software companies.

This week’s warning is low severity as the migration is already mostly complete:

Political Age Limits are Unfair

We should require all politicians to provide proof of sentience regardless of age.

  1. This is worthy of a post of its own. ↩︎

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