Note: This newsletter was entirely written by a human, without any AI assistance. By the end of the newsletter, you will understand why I felt compelled to say this.

This week, Mark Moeykens ran an interesting experiment: he asked people to tell him one very specific thing about Swift that is super difficult to grasp, and then wrote a blog post about that topic.

I replied "Syntax of if case let", and was surprised to see Mark had written a new blog post literally just a few hours after that.

The post is written in a style that is very similar to Mark's typical style of explaining complicated topics in everyday concepts (which I really like), so I didn't think much of it. But there was something that felt odd, and I couldn't quite put my finger on it. It turns out Mark used Bing's new AI features to write not just one, but a whole bunch of articles. All articles now include a disclaimer saying Note: Portions of this blog were AI-assisted., which is in line with Medium's new AI policy (covered by The Verge in this article).

I've used AI tools to summarise articles, or to help me come up with ideas and sometimes even to improve my writing. But I've always felt that the majority or a piece of content should be created by a human being. What's your opinion? Let me know by replying to this newsletter, or tweet at me.


In other news, the conference season is in full swing, and I am thrilled to be speaking at the following events:

For an extensive list of iOS-related conferences, check out iOS Conferences for Mobile Developers in 2023 by the Kodeco team.

Apart from speaking at the above conferences, some of my words might or might not be part of the Firebase sessions at Google I/O 2023, taking place on-site with a limited audience in Mountain View, California and online on May 10th.

It sure looks like this is going to be a busy year :-)

Peter 🔥  

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