In addition to Musk’s personal contributions, SpaceX’s political action committee has donated extensively to members of both parties this cycle. On the Republican side are some of Congress’ most prominent deniers of climate science, including Sens. Jim Inhofe (Okla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas), who received $2,500 and $3,500, respectively. The campaign committee of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the outgoing chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology who has argued that pumping the atmosphere full of carbon dioxide is “beneficial” to global trade, crop production and the lushness of the planet, received $1,000. … [Read more...] about Elon Musk Has Donated Nearly 7 Times As Much To Republicans This Cycle
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Tesla’s stock price plunged by almost 6 percent after the company announced first quarter record revenue that also generated record losses. Musk indicated that the robot that builds Tesla vehicles had died. Musk responded by suspending production for a week in mid-May to restructure operations. … [Read more...] about Musk: Tesla Selling $35K Model 3 Would ‘Lose Money and Die’
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 that OpenAI will play at this year's tournament, two teams of five players can battle each other for control of a map. There are complex issues to solve. For example, the bot can't see the whole board at the same time and it must come up with a strategy as it encounters enemies. In other words, the bot has to show great intuition. Researchers hope its ability to solve these issues proves its aptitude in taking on more-difficult, nongaming challenges. … [Read more...] about Elon Musk’s OpenAI bot beat a human at video games last year. Now it will take on five at once.
A Thai rescuer has died during an operation to save 12 boys and their football coach who are stuck inside a flooded cave complex in the north of the country. Saman Kunan was a former member of Thailand’s elite navy SEAL unit. As part of the rescue team in Chiang Rai, he died on Thursday night after entering the cave network. He's believed to have been 38 years old. Thai military authorities said he had gone in to lay oxygen tanks along a potential exit route, and died as he tried to leave, during the five-hour journey back through underground tunnels. Conditions in the cave are described as tough. “Once he placed the oxygen tanks he became unconscious on his way back. His buddy tried to administer first aid, when there was no response he tried to move him on,” said Admiral Apakorn Yuukongkaew, commander of the SEAL unit. It’s the latest setback for a mission fraught with danger as rescue teams seek to save the boys. They are bracing themselves for more rain that … [Read more...] about Thai cave rescuer considers suing Elon Musk over deleted ‘pedo’ tweets
But like all Musk enterprises, questions abound on whether - and when - he might be able to deliver on big promises. Last month, Boring withdrew another project underneath Los Angeles' Sepulveda Boulevard after community groups sued the government over plans to exempt the company from an environmental review process. … [Read more...] about Elon Musk’s Boring Company is about to open its first tunnel