POLITICS 07/15/2018 11:44 am ET The billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO donated $38,900 to Protect the House last quarter. By Nina Golgowski Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk was a major donor to a Republican political action committee aimed at maintaining Republican control of the House, federal filings have revealed. The 47-year-old Tesla and SpaceX CEO donated $38,900 to Protect the House last quarter, placing him among the PAC’s top 50 donors, Salon first reported Saturday, citing filings published by ProPublica. Fellow top donors of the PAC include Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Robert McNair, who owns the NFL’s Houston Texans. The PAC raised more than $8.6 million in the second quarter. Musk has made previous donations to both Republican and Democratic politicians and organizations over the years. His donation to Protect the House appears to have been one of his largest made, topping previous donations of $32,400 in … [Read more...] about Elon Musk A Major Donor To House Republican PAC, Filings Show
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POLITICS 07/17/2018 05:45 pm ET Updated 0 minutes ago The billionaire “climate hero” has given nearly $90,000 to a party whose members largely dismiss climate science. By Chris D'Angelo and Alexander C. Kaufman Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, a man widely hailed as a world leader in the fight to combat climate change, has doled out nearly 7 times as much cash to Republican campaigns and political committees this election cycle as he has to Democratic ones. Since the start of 2017, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has personally contributed $88,900 to Republicans, while he gave those on the other side of the aisle $13,300, according to a HuffPost review of Federal Election Commission data. Musk came under fire this week after Salon first reported that he’d donated $38,900 to Protect the House, a GOP political action committee focused on maintaining Republican control of the House. The June contributions puts him among the PAC’s top … [Read more...] about Elon Musk Has Donated Nearly 7 Times As Much To Republicans This Cycle
Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post Published 2:33 pm, Thursday, June 28, 2018 OpenAI made headlines last year when it proved a bot could beat a professional gamer head-to-head at one of the world's most complex video games. But it had one more gaming goal to conquer - to beat a professional team of five. Now, after proving the bot can beat teams that rank in the top 1 percent of amateur players for its game of choice, OpenAI will get its chance to shine at the International, one of the world's most established video game tournaments. The tournament is where the researchers hope to showcase how far its bot has come in terms of its ability to control its own team of five characters as well as any team of five humans can. While machines have beaten humans at games - from IBM computer Deep Blue's chess victory in 1997 to Google's bot toppling Go champion Lee Sedol in 2016 - each game has offered a new challenge for artificial intelligence to solve. With Dota 2, the game … [Read more...] about Elon Musk’s OpenAI bot beat a human at video games last year. Now it will take on five at once.
Ground control to Starman. The Tesla Roadster that hitched a ride into orbit on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket in February has journeyed beyond the red planet, the company said Friday in a tweet. The cherry red convertible and its spacesuit-clad mannequin driver, dubbed Starman after the 1972 Dave Bowie song, have driven beyond Mars. SpaceX tweeted a photo of Starman's location along with the caption, "Next stop, the restaurant at the end of the universe," a reference to the second book in the "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series written by Douglas Adams. The car's current trajectory will take it into the asteroid belt in its planned orbit around the sun, according to a diagram tweeted by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk earlier this year. But scientists say it is unlikely the car will encounter anything beyond ultraviolet radiation, cosmic rays, other highly charged particles or an occasional micrometeoroid. As a result, ongoing exposure to UV light will cause the car's … [Read more...] about SpaceX: Starman and Its Tesla Roadster Are Now Beyond Mars
Artificial intelligence (AI) usually makes headlines for all the wrong reasons: AI is being used to empower mass surveillance; AI will create autonomous weapons to make war-fighting more efficient; AI will revolutionise manufacturing – and take our jobs; AI will digitalise everything into the cloud – making us more vulnerable to hacking. At worst, AI might lead to the emergence of non-human consciousness which, Terminator-style, looks at humans as inferior – and seeks to wipe them out with its superior robotic technology. Though touted as a real possibility by the likes of Elon Musk, that particular idea has been dismissed in the field as far-fetched. In his 2018 book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Now, polymathic computer scientist and ‘founding father’ of virtual reality Jaron Lanier described AI as a decades-old lie that he and others in Silicon Valley invented just to get money from DARPA, the US Pentagon agency responsible for … [Read more...] about Future wars will be waged with robots. But so might future peace ǀ View