An AI-generated podcast summary of Hacker News

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Episode 5

Friday May 19, 2023

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Friday May 12, 2023

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Friday April 28, 2023

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Episode 1

April 21, 2023

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I made this as a fun side-project to try out summarization with langchain (and because I get the Hacker Newsletter every Friday and never get round to reading it).

It works by scraping the Hacker Newsletter, summarizing the individual articles using Langchain and GPT-4, and then converting the text to speech using AWS Polly.

I'm basically pretty impressed by the quality of the summaries, although there are definitiely still some issues. The summaries of github pages are often pretty weird, and sometimes the analyses are very repetitive. I'm planning to try to improve the prompt to deal with these issues. At the end of the day some of the articles just don't work well as audio summaries. It currently ignores forum posts and comments, which I might try to include, as well as video links, which I probably won't.

The project is not associated with Hacker News, Y Combinator, or the Hacker Newsletter.

Let me know what you think and if you have any comments, feedback, or suggestions!