ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

In Case You Missed It (v34)

The power of local, how to use AI, the state of the Metaverse, getting samples of space rocks, fluctuating gravity and most unbelievable of all, annual reports can actually be interesting. Here’s what we noticed, in case you missed it:

The extraordinary advantage of local

In this article on the value of local institutions (financial and otherwise), beloved credit union pundit Chip Filson outlines exactly why “local” is what makes credit unions work. And he makes a crucial point crystal-clear: “Local does not necessarily mean small.” He also gives a well deserved shout-out to George Hofheimer’s book Banking on a Human Scale.

Understanding ChatGPT will make it less scary

Seth Godin shared his approach to getting more comfortable with ChatGPT. He certainly has a point – understanding new tech generally makes people less afraid of it. And there are a lot of use cases for a tool like ChatGPT, though Seth makes it clear, “I write every word of every post and every book myself. Unaided. The day I stop doing that, I promise to let you know.”

Annual Reports as opportunity

This article from The Financial Brand showcases 2023’s best annual reports from banks and credit unions around the world. Although some see Annual Reports as an obligation and expense, it’s also an opportunity to inspire, and communicate your vision, story and impact to your members. Shameless plug: if you want your next Annual Report to be a inspiring digital and print experience, please get in touch.

Did the Metaverse bubble burst?

Some recent news brought up the idea that Meta’s (née Facebook) project, “Metaverse,” had some sort of downturn. Some were even saying the project was scrapped, but Meta CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, had denied these claims back in April. So what’s the future of the Metaverse? It’s hard to say for sure, but apparently it remains a work in progress. In the meantime, it’s been two years and that’s an eternity in Internet time. People will start moving on.

The asteroid pieces have landed

A NASA mission called “OSIRIS-REx” that began in 2016 to collect material from an asteroid named “Bennu” has returned its samples safely to Earth. Seven years and four billion miles is a long time to hold your breath. Some amazing science and engineering here!

Some places just weigh you down…

Why go on a diet when you can just live where you weigh less? Despite what your high school science class taught you, it turns out gravity isn’t quite as simple as 9.81 m/s^2. This article from Atlas Obscura shows us a map of gravitational anomalies across three midwestern states. Looks like Illinois is just a heavier place to live than it’s neighbors to the east…

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