Elon Musk warns 'advanced A.I.' will soon manipulate social media

Musk also said that "anonymous bot swarms" should be investigated.


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  • On Thursday, Musk tweeted about the potential dangers of advanced A.I. manipulating social media.
  • It's unclear what prompted Musk to tweet about advanced A.I., but his tweets came hours after The New York Times published an article about digital disinformation campaigns.
  • Musk has a history of being rather pessimistic about the future of A.I.
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It looks like Tesla just developed a million-mile battery

Such a battery would make it far cheaper to implement robotaxis and long-haul electric trucks, both of which Tesla is developing.

  • A team of researchers working with Tesla recently released a paper describing a lithium-ion battery that should last 1 million miles over 4,000 charges and depletions.
  • The researchers reportedly optimized commonly used components of EV batteries, and made their findings available to other battery researchers.
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk said robotaxis could hit streets as early as 2020.
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SpaceX: Starhopper soars above Texas in record-breaking test

The water tower-shaped craft is an early prototype of Starship, which SpaceX hopes will someday send humans to Mars.

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  • The test marked the first time a craft used a liquid-methane-burning engine to lift itself that high.
  • The successful test paves the way for larger-scale tests of Starship prototypes.
  • SpaceX could send Starship to Mars by as early as 2024. More realistically, the company plans to use the rocket to conduct cargo missions in 2021.
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Elon Musk’s Neuralink unveils device to connect your brain to a smartphone

"A monkey has been able to control a computer with its brain," Musk said, referring to tests of the device.

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  • Neuralink seeks to build a brain-machine interface that would connect human brains with computers.
  • No tests have been performed in humans, but the company hopes to obtain FDA approval and begin human trials in 2020.
  • Musk said the technology essentially provides humans the option of "merging with AI."
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​Stephen Hawking believed humans should go to moon before Mars, says Buzz Aldrin

The Apollo 11 astronaut was recently awarded the Stephen Hawking Medal for Lifetime Achievement.


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  • Buzz Aldrin is an Apollo 11 astronaut who was the second man to walk on the moon.
  • NASA currently plans to send humans back to the moon and establish a "deep space gateway" that would eventually send astronauts to Mars.
  • Meanwhile, private companies, such as Mars One and SpaceX, are planning voyages to the Red Planet.
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