Schmidt makes four-day visit to North Korea, a country with one of the world's most restrictive internet policies. The visit takes place despite opposition from the U.S. government. Schmidt is accompanied by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Jared Cohen, the head of Google's innovation think-tank. Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, calls the delegation "useful idiots" on his Twitter account.
Machine learning: What it is and why it matters. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has once again urged people not to be worried by alarming predictions about artificial intelligence by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. "I think Elon is exactly wrong", Schmidt said at the VivaTech conference in Paris. "He doesn't understand the benefits that this technology will provide in making every human being smarter. "AI and machine learning are so fundamentally good for humanity, it makes every citizen smarter from the best educated to the least.
Video: Worried AI will take your job? Google wants to help you out. After Google employees rebelled over the company's AI work for the Pentagon, Eric Schmidt, Google's former CEO and current Alphabet board member, has laid out what will need to happen to break the impasse. But he also thinks the Pentagon should press ahead with more Silicon Valley partnerships. AI would be useful for "defensive and perhaps offensive purposes" in warfare, Schmidt told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, The Verge reports.