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Elon Musk: Artificial Intelligence Is Society’s ‘Biggest Risk’

July 17, 2017

By Casey Leins : usnews – excerpt

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Artificial intelligence is the “biggest risk that we face as a civilization” Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Saturday, speaking to state leaders on the last day of the National Governors Association summer meeting.

The business magnate participated in a question and answer session with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, the incoming chair of the National Governors Association, whose initiative explores how state leaders can prepare for and benefit from innovative technologies.

Musk made his stance clear that governors must address artificial intelligence proactively, or it will be too late. Without proper regulations in place, he warned, industries will become completely autonomous, posing a threat not only to jobs but to the nation’s safety. He said the government “doesn’t have insight” into AI yet but, when they do, “I think people will be very afraid, as they should be.”

Robots can complete tasks faster and more efficiently than humans, but even more dangerous is the fact that they could “start a war by doing fake news and spoofing email accounts and fake information, and just by manipulating information,” Musk told the audience.

Responding to Musk’s somber warnings, the governors were eager for advice on how to defend their states.

n 20 years, Musk said he expects all cars on the road to be autonomous, adding that having a steering wheel “will be like having a horse.”

Yet, when all cars become what Musk describes as “a laptop on wheels,” cybersecurity becomes a major concern, especially the idea of a fleet-wide hack. If hackers were able to direct everyone’s vehicle to Rhode Island, he said as an example, “that would be the end of Tesla.”

To curb these threats, Musk said drivers must be able to override the vehicle in a way that no amount of software can disrupt (more)


Robots and AI are going to make social inequality even worse, says new report

By James Vincent : theverge – excerpt

Rich people are going to find it easier to adapt to automation

Most economists agree that advances in robotics and AI over the next few decades are likely to lead to significant job losses. But what’s less often considered is how these changes could also impact social mobility. A new report from UK charity Sutton Trust explains the danger, noting that unless governments take action, the next wave of automation will dramatically increase inequality within societies, further entrenching the divide between rich and poor.

The are a number of reasons for this, say the report’s authors, including the ability of richer individuals to re-train for new jobs; the rising importance of “soft skills” like communication and confidence; and the reduction in the number of jobs used as “stepping stones” into professional industries…

Similarly, as automation reduces the need for administrative skills, other attributes will become more sought after in the workplace. These include so-called “soft skills” like confidence, motivation, communication, and resilience. “It’s long established that private schools put a lot of effort into making sure their pupils have those sorts of skills,” says Cullinane. “And these will become even more important in a crowded labor market…(more)

Everything You Need To Know About Net Neutrality

digg – excerpt

Did the internet feel a little broken last week? While the term “net neutrality” may elicit the same effect as as taking a Tylenol PM, yesterday it got some serious star power behind it. Silicon Valley celebs from over 40 tech companies like Facebook, Google, Reddit, Netflix, and Pornhub rallied to inform the masses of the dangers of net neutrality rules being removed.

The imminent threat to net neutrality has the potential to seriously affect each and every one of our daily lives, and we should all be informed of the consequences (just ask John Oliver). How and why, you ask? Let’s start from the very beginning:

What exactly is net neutrality?

According to the Internet Association, “strong net neutrality rules give people the power to choose which websites and apps are best.” In other words, they essentially keep the internet free, as we know it. A rollback of these rules will give Internet Service Providers (ISPs) the power to prioritize the sites and apps you visit every day: slowing them, speeding them, or blocking them altogether. Your ISP could even choose to slow down or censor websites that opt out of paying extra fees to be prioritized. Website you really, really love. Like Netflix. Or Hulu. Or Digg. Or, y’know, Pornhub.

On the other hand, ISPs could also choose to charge individuals like you and me extra fees to access sites that typically use more data. (Again, think streaming services and GoT.) Worse, they could potentially manipulate your internet access to push their own business agenda like proprietary cable services, news sites, email services, etc… (more)

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