I’ve just discovered a tool that lets you generate a face. Called 100,000 Faces, I can already see myself using this for alter ego profile photos. 

I read about this from a newsletter that I’ve subscribed to for years — Kyle Chayka Industries — and in this same issue of his newsletter, he writes about the “algocult” and about how some of us may have developed a digitised version of ourselves. 

I think it’s safe to say that most of what we post online is a version of ourselves, and doesn’t give a full picture of who we really are in real life. But what a fascinating way to put it! 

From his newsletter, I also discovered Descript — another tool for podcasting. Like Sound Trap, it allows you to edit audio by editing text. 

They also have a feature called Overdub, which lets you create a voice for the words you’ve typed out. 

With tools like these, one would be able to create a “person” that only exists digitally, that can be used for a host of purposes. 

This is one of the reasons I love newsletters. 

I’ve learned that if I subscribe to the right ones, they are an amazing way to stay up-to-date, gain new ideas and figure out solutions to problems that I may be grappling with. 

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