Ian Tan

Ian Tan

AI talk with Harvey Norman leaders

“They used to be marketed as SMART devices, now, they’re called AI devices. But do they really have AI in them?” Last month, I had a lively discussion about the AI landscape with the senior management team of Harvey Norman…

The great Dolly Parton quote

I’ve been enjoying the university summer break that lasts from May to Aug, but it has also given me too much time to ruminate on the past.  I kept annoying my wife by questioning my career decisions over the past…

The season of Clingy Boyfriend movies

This summer, the hottest movies will be about Clingy Boyfriends. Alien Romulus: He will hug your face lovingly, then burst out of your chest a new man. Venom The Last Dance: He cannot live without you and he keeps taking…

Runway Gen-3 Alpha mini review

I spent $15 USD to test Runway‘s new Gen-3 Alpha engine for Gen AI video generation so that you don’t have to. Verdict: SAVE YOUR MONEY. My prompt for this video was: “A wide angle panning shot of a tiger…

George Orwell on Bozo the Resilient Philosopher

I recently signed up for the “Book Freak” newsletter by Mark Frauenfelder who extracts advice from the books he read. In his latest post, he shared this striking anecdote from George Orwell’s “Down and Out in Paris and London” (1933): …

Solving silly problems with short prompts

I write complex prompts in ChatGPT for my work, but I spend most of my time writing short prompts to solve silly problems. Like converting a bunch of imperial numbers to metric. Dear USA, you are leading the world in…