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Is AI a species-level threat to humanity?

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How dangerous will artificial general intelligence (aka super intelligence) really be? It depends on who you ask. Elon Musk believes unregulated AI will kill us all, while Steven Pinker asks us not to assume all intelligence is evil and callous, and suggests safeguards can prevent the worst-case scenario. In this video, Elon Musk, Steven Pinker, Michio Kaku, Max Tegmark, Luis Perez-Breva, Joscha Bach and Sophia the Robot herself all weigh in on the debate.


Are we Living in an Artificial Intelligence Simulation?

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The existential question that we should be asking ourselves, is are we living in a simulated universe? The idea that we are living in a simulated reality may seem unconventional and irrational to the general public, but it is a belief shared by many of the brightest minds of our time including Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ray Kurzweil and Elon Musk. Elon Musk famously asked the question'What's outside the simulation?' in a podcast with Lex Fridman a research scientist at MIT. To understand how we could be living in a simulation, one needs to explore the simulation hypothesis or simulation theory which proposes that all of reality, including the Earth and the universe, is in fact an artificial simulation. While the idea dates back as far as the 17th-century and was initially proposed by philosopher René Descartes, the idea started to gain mainstream interest when Professor Nick Bostrom of Oxford University, wrote a seminal paper in 2003 titled "Are you Living in a Computer Simulation?" Nick Bostrom has since doubled down on his claims and uses probabilistic analysis to prove his point.


Tesla's most robust self-driving package will cost more — again

Mashable

It'll soon cost you $8,000 to buy a Tesla upgrade package, which includes some features that don't even exist yet. Tesla's Full Self-Driving package is a future-ready option for those ready to invest in partially automated driving capabilities, even if some of those capabilities-- like autonomous driving on city streets -- aren't ready yet. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is hiking up the price by $1,000 for the set of features on July 1. The price hike means that the $7,000 add-on to any Tesla vehicle ramps up to $8,000. Musk has warned that the price is only going to keep inching up as the likelihood of actually using more of the self-driving features increases. SEE ALSO: Tesla's FSD is getting pricier, but Musk says it be might be worth 15 times more But rest assured, it's worth it.



Tesla's new feature gives car access to another driver — like a robotaxi

Mashable

A new Tesla feature called "Car Access" is rolling out to users, allowing Tesla car owners to grant another driver the ability to access their car -- and it reminds us a lot of something Elon Musk promised last year. Noticed by Teslarati and described in Tesla's updated Account Support page, the Car Access feature allows an additional person access to the vehicle and all Tesla app features except requesting roadside assistance and purchasing upgrades. To grant access to another driver, users will have to log into their Tesla accounts, click on Manage, select Add Driver under Car Access, and enter the driver's name and email address. If the email address isn't associated to an existing Tesla account, the driver that's been added will get an email prompting them to create an account. SEE ALSO: Labeling Tesla's Autopilot system as'semi-autonomous' can be dangerous By itself, this is a nice little touch that may be useful in certain situations, such as having someone fetch a forgotten bag from the trunk.


Elon Musk: Everyone, "including Tesla," needs AI regulation

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Musk was responding to a massive feature story published in the MIT Technology Review about OpenAI, the AI research lab founded in part by Elon Musk, alongside others. The lab operates with the mission of developing safe and ethical AI that'll be good for the world. But MIT Tech's reporting tells of how Open AI went from being a transparent organization to a relatively opaque one (hence Musk's preceding Tweet about OpenAI needing to "be more open"). Musk's ability to self-aggrandize or self-flagellate is usually surprising in equal measure, but never shocking: Industries often argue for their own regulation as a way to keep government regulators off their backs. Though credit where it's due: Musk has been, as in the case of when he argued in favor of regulating autonomous weapons, more substantially -- and more effectively -- vocal than most when it comes to regulating AI. Whether or not this will have any substantial effects on other companies (statements from CEOs, regulatory commission efforts, etc) let alone Tesla or OpenAI will be nothing if not a compelling plot to watch.


Elon Musk and Grimes change baby's name: 'Roman numerals look better'

The Guardian

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk and his partner Grimes have changed the unusual and largely unpronounceable name of their firstborn child. But anyone hoping that X Æ A-12 might be replaced by something a little more conventional, is going to be disappointed. In an Instagram post on Sunday, singer Grimes confirmed that the baby formerly known as X Æ A-12, would now be known as "X Æ A-Xii." Grimes gave no explanation for the change to using Roman Numerals, but later responded to a post asking if the alteration was made to comply with a California law that holds only the 26 letters of the alphabet can be used for child names. Looks better tbh," Grimes wrote. The couple appeared to have been at odds over how to interpret X Æ A-12 from the outset. The musician, whose real name is Claire Elise Boucher – previously explained that Æ is the Elven spelling of AI (for artificial intelligence) and explained "X" stands for "the unknown variable". Like how you said the letter A then I," wrote Grimes on Thursday in response to a query on Instagram.


Tesla’s FSD is getting pricier, but Musk says it be might be worth 15 times more

Mashable

Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature will get more expensive soon, but that's all pocket change compared to its potential value -- if you ask Tesla CEO Elon Musk. According to Musk, FSD will cost $1,000 more starting July 1, bringing its cost to $8,000 when purchased with a new Tesla Model 3, S, X or Y. Tesla Full Self-Driving option cost rises by $1000 worldwide on July 1st. The FSD package builds on Tesla's Autopilot set of features, and it includes driver assistance features such as Navigate on Autopilot, Smart Summon, Auto Lane Change and Autopark. Ultimately, however, Tesla says it expects FSD-equipped cars to achieve a "new level of autonomy," though fully automated driving won't happen without regulatory approval. The price hike of FSD is no surprise; Elon Musk announced the price for the feature set would be "substantially" rising back in April 2019.


Tesla hikes Full Self-Driving add-on by $1,000 – but Elon Musk says it's worth way more

ZDNet

Tesla CEO Elon Musk put on his sales cap on Tuesday to explain why the company is jacking up the price of Full Self-Driving (FSD), the electric automaker's contentious autonomous driving feature. Come July 1, Tesla's FSD will cost around $8,000 thanks to a $1,000 price rise announced by Musk on Twitter. The new price for FSD is about 14% higher than before, but whether it's a large or small price rise depends on how you value the feature. According to Musk, FSD will eventually be worth more than $100,000 – or roughly double the starting price of the forthcoming Model Y. But that figure is also contingent on Tesla's ability to deliver new features and factors outside Musk's control, such as regulatory approval.


Elon Musk: Tesla raises cost of 'self-driving' cars

BBC News - Technology

Tesla is raising the price of its "self-driving" option on its electric vehicles worldwide starting with a $1,000 (£820) hike. Founder Elon Musk tweeted that the price "will continue to rise" as its technology improves. But the entrepreneur said the technology it's adding will be worth more than $100,000. Mr Musk has been in a battle with officials in California over the restarting of Tesla's US car assembly. Tesla's "full self-driving" (FSD) option is called Autopilot, although it isn't fully autonomous.