Not having much to say

I feel like there’s a lot of pressure these days to share things.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc are built around the idea of people sharing their thoughts, opinions and experiences with others.

And from where I’m sitting, it seems like the whole ‘content creator side hustle’ has definitely hit mainstream.

As a ‘content creator’ of sorts, I feel a definite pressure to keep on making things to share. With all the voices on the internet, it feels like you won’t get noticed unless you keep making enough things to gain and maintain people’s attention.

The conventional wisdom for anybody trying to build an internet following, on whatever platform, is that consistency is key. To just keep grinding out ‘content’. And the algorithms of these platforms certainly seem to support this.

But on the other hand, sometimes I don’t really have anything new to say. This week was pretty standard for me and there aren’t any particularly novel insights that come to mind.

I could easily churn out something fairly superficial, perhaps re-hash some old internet wisdom, but I don’t really want to say something that I haven’t thought that much about.

And I hope that, in a context that seems driven towards sharing more, choosing not to do so can also be okay.


💻 What are some good websites for people interested in medicine and technology?

I’m compiling a resource of great things on the internet for people interested in medtech (particularly AI). My list right now includes Doctor Penguin, Luke Oakden-Rayner’s blog, CodeMD.co.uk, vas3k.com, various people on Twitter, Andrew Ng’s Coursera Course, the Big Picture Medicine podcast, etc, etc

If you have any suggestions for websites I should include, that would be hugely appreciated! Just hit ‘reply’ on this email.

Thanks!


✨ My favourite things this week:

(1) Med AI twitter blew up this week with this Tweet thread going after Google Health and this Tweet thread responding.

(2) This week I deep-dived into causality. Turns this may be a fundamental building block for artificial intelligence (more on this to come). Judea Pearl is like the godfather of causality and this podcast with Lex Fridman was a great listen.

(3) I enjoyed this article about start-up hype and why healthcare is different to silicon valley. It’s from a few years back, reflecting after the exposure of Theranos (Bad Blood is a great book if you haven’t read it!), and has aged well.


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About Me

Hi! I’m Chris Lovejoy, a Junior Doctor and Data Scientist based in London.

I’m on a mission to improve healthcare through technology (particularly AI / machine learning), but along the way I want to share learnings that are relevant no matter your career choice or background.

In this weekly newsletter, I share my top thoughts and learnings from each week, as well as links to the best things on the internet that I come across.