Elon Musk and POTUS Candidate Andrew Yang Discuss AI’s Dangers on Twitter

… who has made thwarting automation-related job displacement the focal point of his campaign, and Elon Musk exchanged ideas on Twitter about our …

In an interaction on Wednesday that can only be described as “a lot of tweet,” 2020 long-shot presidential hopeful Andrew Yang, who has made mitigating the consequences of automation-related job displacement the focal point of his campaign, and Elon Musk exchanged ideas on Twitter about our soon-to-be-reality with A.I. technology.

The first tweet, posted by Yang on Wednesday evening, detailed a recent competition held in China that pitted an A.I. system, BioMind, against radiologists in a brain-tumor-diagnosing race. In both rounds, the A.I. system beat trained human professionals in both speed and accuracy. If you just thought, “Oh, yikes,” then you and Yang are very much on the same page.

“This could do incredible good but is another example of areas in which new technology is capable of beating humans,” Yang wrote. “We have to evolve quickly.”

Musk, whose company SpaceX was gearing up for a historic rocket launch, responded almost immediately with what he says are the three likeliest outcomes for humans in an A.I.-led future: “Symbiosis, irrelevance (hopefully blissful) or doom.”

I hope a cybernetic interface is ready in time. Symbiosis, irrelevance (hopefully blissful) or doom seem to be the three most likely paths.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 10, 2019

Okay, my dude, none of these options sound particularly great for humans.

This is hardly the first time Yang has expressed concern about the unintended consequences of increasingly rapid A.I. advancements. Since the earliest throes of his campaign, the upstate New York-native has run on a platform of universal basic income, which his campaign calls the Freedom Dividend. #HumanityFirst has continued to be a rallying cry for Yang as he continues to shore up support from cities facing waves of production job losses.

Meanwhile, Musk, whose SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket, is sent to launch for a second time on April 11, doesn’t seem to be referring to a specific cybernetic interface project. Rather, it’s the idea that a communication platform between A.I. and humans needs to exist, and needs to exist soon.

Though the “doom” statement in particular is, er, a bit ominous, it’s actually a pretty moderate statement for Musk, at least as far as A.I. is concerned. At SXSW 2018, Musk turned heads by saying that being at the cutting edge of A.I. “scares the hell out of me.”

“The rate of improvement is exponential,” he said. “Mark my words: A.I. is far more dangerous than nukes.”

Musk called for greater regulation of A.I. in a 2017 meeting with the National Governors Association; co-signed a letter to the UN urging a ban on killer robots; and helped fund OpenAI, a non-profit organization devoted to investigating how to ensure that A.I. benefits humanity.

It’s a fascinating, if not entirely unsurprising, meeting of the minds. Yang’s surprising rise in opinion polls, as well as his unlikely early qualification for the Democratic National Committee’s debates this summer were credited in no small part to the internet savvy Yang Gang, a coterie of meme-making online supporters. And, of course, we all know Musk loves a good meme. But there’s more to the overlap between the two audiences. Both men made widely viewed appearances on Joe Rogan’s podcast — Musk last September and Yang just a few months ago — and Musk himself has also suggested in the past that he favors UBI.

It would be very surprising if this was the final interaction between the two, assuming Yang’s star continues to rise.

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Elon Musk named most influential person in tech for 2019 by coders

Elon Musk will have the most influence in the world of technology this year, according to an exhaustive survey of programmers. In the Stack Overflow …

Elon Musk will have the most influence in the world of technology this year, according to an exhaustive survey of programmers.

In the Stack Overflow Developer Survey, 30.2% of respondents said they thought the SpaceX and Tesla CEO would have the most influence in the field in 2019.

In second was Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, with just 7.2%. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella came in third with 4.4% of the vote.

The survey saw almost 90,000 programmers respond from around the world, making it the largest of its kind across the globe.

Elon Musk influence remains despite rocky few months

The survey indicates that the near cultish status surrounding Musk has not waned, despite a number of incidents that risked denting his publish image.

At the end of 2018 Musk was accused of fraud by The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over what the organisation deemed “false and misleading tweets” regarding taking Tesla private.

In the fallout from the incident, Musk was forced to step down as chair of Tesla, although maintained his position as CEO.

In February Musk fell afoul of the SEC again on Twitter, when he reported Tesla production figures over the social media platform in apparent contravention of his previous settlement.

Meanwhile, Tesla has faced a somewhat fraught time, with the company having to shed almost a tenth of its workforce in 2018 over a botched automation attempt.

However, Musk has also had numerous public image wins that have maintained his positon as a highly liked figure within the world of technology.

SpaceX, in particular, has had a successful time, with the Crew Dragon completing its first unmanned test mission ahead of transporting humans to the International Space Station.

Of course, whether Elon Musk can retain his position of widespread adoration in the tech world remains to be seen, but with little competition from other big personalities he is unlikely to be unseated anytime soon.

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Bitcoin Is More Popular Than the SpaceX Launch and Elon Musk

The data doesn’t lie. Over the last seven days, Bitcoin searches obliterate the number of people wanting to know more about Elon Musk or the SpaceX …
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Christina Comben| Apr 11, 2019 | 10:00


The data doesn’t lie. Over the last seven days, Bitcoin searches obliterate the number of people wanting to know more about Elon Musk or the SpaceX launch.


Move Over SpaceX Launch, Bitcoin Is King

Any online media worth its salt knows that Elon Musk drives the traffic. People around the world are fascinated by the South African business tycoon and his electronic cars and behemoth spaceships.

But, guess what? They’re far more curious about a sustainable alternative financial system that serves their interest rather than the banks.

Google Trends ww 7 days

Take a look at the above chart from Google Trends over the last seven days. That’s not Elon or even the SpaceX Launch that’s thrusting upwards in red. That’s Bitcoin searches worldwide, baby, not people wondering about the Falcon Heavy delay.

South Africans Prefer Bitcoin to Elon Musk

Take a look at Google searches in South Africa, the country with the highest number of cryptocurrency owners in the world. Despite being born and raised in this country, people here aren’t all that interested in Elon’s latest exploits.

Google Searches South Africa

That’s probably because being able to transfer value abroad, run a thriving business, receive remittances without punishing fees, and even make money by savvy investing are all far more useful to people than flying to Mars.

Especially in countries like South Africa, Nigeria, and Venezuela where citizens need to deal with the reality of their everyday lives. What problem is Bitcoin solving for them?

In many cases, it’s preventing their savings from being wiped out, in others, it’s skipping bureaucratical steps and letting people get on with their work. In others still, it’s literally allowing them to put food on the table.

Bleeding-Edge Technology with Different Goals

Love him or hate him, find his spending habits abhorrent or amusing ($20 million for a tweet may seem rather steep to most) the world needs people like Elon Musk.

Worth it

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 27, 2018

Society has always been powered forward by extraordinary individuals with the ability to visualize what others can’t see. Just think Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates. These are exceptional people that push us to do more, be better, and reach for the stars–literally.

But right now, Bitcoin and decentralization are offering one of the greatest promises for humanity in allowing them financial freedom and a lifeline in dictatorial regimes. Traveling to other planets is not.

For now, the Kenyan farmer, the oppressed Venezualan, even your average U.S. citizen with less than $500 in the bank have needs that are more pressing than space travel.

Elon Musk enthuses:

You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great – and that’s what being a spacefaring civilization is all about.

It’s good to have people focusing on the future. It’s what keeps humans alive. But as the statistic show, it’s even better to have them focusing on society’s problems today.

Why are people so interested in Bitcoin? Share your thoughts below!


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Elon Musk calls Jeff Bezos ‘copycat’ on Twitter

Tesla Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk took to Twitter to call Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a “copycat” after Bezos announced plans to launch a …

Tesla Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk took to Twitter to call Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a “copycat” after Bezos announced plans to launch a new satellite-based broadband service.

“In response to an article from the MIT Technology Review that announced Amazon’s plans to launch more than 3,000 internet-providing satellites, Musk called Bezos a ‘copycat’, with the ‘cat’ portion of the word replaced with a cat emoji,” the CNBC reported late on Wednesday.

The Amazon CEO has also hired a SpaceX executive, Rajeev Badyal, to run the Amazon’s satellite project after he was fired by Musk.

Bezos wants to launch over 3,200 satellites into the space in order to provide high-speed internet service to underserved communities.

‘Project Kuiper’ will consist of 784 satellites at an altitude of 367 miles from the earth, 1,296 satellites at 379 miles and 1,156 satellites at 391 miles — facilitating internet availability to over 95 per cent of the earth’s total population.

Moving forward with the initiative, the project has already been filed with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) — the international organisation in charge of coordinating satellite orbits.

–IANS

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(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Elon Musk on Twitter: Short, sharp – no sentiment attached

To say that Tesla Inc Chief Elon Musk goes on Twitter quite frequently would be quite an understatement. Yes, he is quite a prolific tweeter.

To say that Tesla Inc Chief Elon Musk goes on Twitter quite frequently would be quite an understatement. Yes, he is quite a prolific tweeter. He of course, has run afoul of authorities as well as others, with the kind of stuff he seeds his handle with. Most recently, a tweet Musk sent violated a 2018 fraud settlement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC has said that Musk used Twitter to update investors on Tesla`s production outlook without getting required approval from company lawyers. Musk countered that the tweet contained nothing new and did not need advance approval. But Elon Must tweets are not confined to just work space, he has tweeted on a number of other events that led to major controversies. However, we confine ourselves to the professional ones here. And yes, readers should know that he is not among those who backs down either.

The following is a sampling of some of Musk`s more notable posts on Twitter, where he now has more than 25 million followers.

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