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Nov 16, 2016

Microsoft teams up with Elon Musk’s OpenAI project

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OpenAI, the artificial intelligence research non-profit backed by Tesla’s Elon Musk, Y Combinator’s Sam Altman, a Donald Trump fan called Peter Thiel, and numerous other tech luminaries, is partnering with Microsoft to tackle the next set of challenges in the still-nascent field.

OpenAI will also make Microsoft Azure its preferred cloud platform, in part because of its existing support for AI workloads with the help of Azure Batch and Azure Machine Learning, as well as Microsoft’s work on its recently rebranded Cognitive Toolkit. Microsoft also offers developers access to a high-powered GPU-centric virtual machine for these kind of machine learning workloads. These N-Series machines are still in beta, but OpenAI has been an early adopter of them and Microsoft says they will become generally available in December.

Amazon already offers a similar kind of GPU-focused virtual machine, though oddly enough, Google has lagged behind and — at least for the time being — doesn’t offer this kind of machine type yet.

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Nov 13, 2016

University of Buffalo researchers say autonomous weapons ‘have and will become possible’

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Researchers have warned it is already too late to stop killer robots — and say banning them would be little more than a temporary solution.

University at Buffalo researchers claim ‘society is entering into a situation where systems like these have and will become possible.’

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Nov 12, 2016

8 technologies in Westworld and when we’ll see them

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, transportation

It seems like every television season plays host to a single show that takes over our cultural consciousness by coating modern fears in fantastical drama.

Game of Thrones taps into the cutthroat nature of modern politics, while The Walking Dead plays into our ever-present fear of a worldwide contagion. This year, with Elon Musk’s dire warnings about the dangers of artificial intelligence, Siri and Alexa permeating our personal lives, and self-driving cars threatening to run down groups of children, Westworld is posed to be that show.

Westworld is complex. It’s that complexity, interwoven with mysteries and plot twists, that produces the hours of online speculation and wild fan theories that are the hallmark of anything worth watching.

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Nov 10, 2016

The Hyperloop Won’t Just Be Station-to-Station, but Door-to-Door

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, transportation

I figured that if Elon Musk’s Hyperloop system ever became reality, it would essentially be a super-fast train system. Meaning we’d enter at a Hyperloop station in L.A. and exit at a Hyperloop station in San Francisco. But the forthcoming Hyperloop One system in Dubai, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, will actually get riders from door to door.

To explain: Hyperloop One, which signed a deal with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, has BIG providing the design muscle. The collaboration has yielded the idea that self-driving Hyperpods could pick passengers up anywhere in the city, like an Uber. These six-person-capacity Hyperpods would then drive to the Hyperportal and load itself onto a Transport Capsule, the actual thing that shoots through the Hyperloop tube. At the other end, the ‘pod exits the Transport Capsule and drives the passengers to their destination.

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Nov 8, 2016

The Weird Science of the Malfunctioning Improbability Drive

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, science

A NASA engineers explains why the fake technology that inspired Elon Musk wouldn’t work.

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Nov 7, 2016

Elon Musk: “There’s a Pretty Good Chance We’ll End Up With Universal Basic Income”

Posted by in categories: economics, Elon Musk, employment, robotics/AI

In Brief:

  • Experts assert that, in the coming years, robots will take over hundreds of thousands of jobs that are traditionally done by humans.
  • In a recent interview, Elon Musk stated that Universal Basic Income may be the only economic response to this increasing automation and job loss.

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Nov 7, 2016

Elon Musk: Skeptics of Self-Driving Cars Are Basically “Killing People”

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

Tesla’s Elon Musk gives a grave warning to those trying to hold back self-driving car technology. According to him, we have it all backwards.

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Nov 7, 2016

Elon Musk says Tesla will have fully autonomous cars by the end of 2017

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All Tesla’s new cars will come with the necessary hardware to drive themselves.

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Nov 6, 2016

Elon Musk Wants to Replace Truck Drivers with “Fleet Managers”

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Definitely a title upgrade.

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Nov 4, 2016

Elon Musk: Robots will take your jobs, government will have to pay your wage

Posted by in categories: economics, Elon Musk, employment, government, robotics/AI, space travel, sustainability

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO says that a universal basic income will allow more time for leisure.

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