Marques Brownlee Calls Rabbit r1 “Barely Reviewable”

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Marques Brownlee Calls Rabbit r1 “Barely Reviewable”

Explore the controversy stirred by Marques Brownlee’s review of the Rabbit R1, where he describes the AI hardware as “Barely Reviewable.” Brownlee’s critique echoes a broader industry trend of releasing underdeveloped products at full price, expecting consumers to wait for promised updates. This discussion extends to the challenges AI hardware…



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  1. This is the result of the "Agile" development methodology. When a customer asks for a car, you first provide them with a prototype or a simpler version (like a tricycle), then build the car as you go along. The method has been widely adopted in software development and is now being used in hardware development as well. Personally, I think it's not very effective and can lead to resentment and burnout from both customers and workers.

  2. He's completely right. I've been an early adopter to many of these early AI tools and the vast majority have been absolute junk. It's crazy, once I subscribe for your service and cancel, I don't go back. They are losing business in the long run.

  3. Marques hardly built any real product-producing startups. If he did, he would know that spending twice as much money on polishing something doomed to fail is worse than releasing an incomplete product to gather feedback and determine if the product deserves further funding. Yes, in cases like this, when it becomes subject to a perfect storm of copycat bad reviews, it may kill the project. Perhaps reviewers demand something that is not feasible or doable with this hardware, resulting in its justly demise. Remember the iPhone? The first version didn't even allow copying text between app windows… I wonder how these people would have commented on the first iPhone if they had been "impartial" back then.

  4. This all points back to the Agile software process and MVP (which if you don't know, means "Minimum Viable Product"). So many companies in the software space have embraced the MVP principle, which means customers get crap. Back in the 80's and 90's software products were expected to release as fully functional and if they didn't (like dBase IV) they were completely destroyed in reviews and generally died shortly thereafter. The dBase IV release was such a fiasco that it quite literally killed the company. Sales tanked and a couple years later they were acquired by Borland, and then the terrible practices in Aston Tate infected Borland and that company also pretty much died. Unfortunately customers have been progressively coerced into accepting lower and lower quality releases and now things have gotten so terrible that finally the masses have noticed. So if you want to reverse the trend, attack it at the source… "Agile" and all the complete garbage principles it drags into the software development process. If you micromanage software development and never look at the large scope of what a product truly needs to be, you'll never create a great product, and poor sales are almost guaranteed.

  5. It seems like everyone misses the main point, and that is that the rabbit r1 simply gives faster answers. It's like a walkie talkie connected to llm. Why it's being judged for anything more than that is confusing to me. I've seen the demos, but it does seem like it's faster than any phone application with AI. And with the natural psychology of human conversation, that seems like a really big deal. However, I have not tried it so I cannot maybe form an opinion yet.

  6. The only one in the world who was able to bring unfinished product in finished consumer form on market was Steve Jobs of course. Now we know from biography that he pressured engineers make everything right to the level of emotional breakdown or all hair loss stress. Development in very "Stalin style". But he delivered incredible quality products like his NEXT systems for corpos or iPhone of course. I'm skeptical that Apple capable to make such launch today with "soft" CEO, they will deliver similar half-baked result like Openai (chatgpt impossible to use with any official cause or docs because of no financial liability by creator of tool). Mostly all current Ai products are only toys which require years of development

  7. Marques has an excellent point, and something that has bugged me for ages. It is worst in gaming. Before the net, we bought games on disk, and they really had to be functional, or they didn’t sell. Now you get ‘early access’ 🙄, and games that don’t work well even at release. Yes, we are seen as investors, rather than customers. 😡