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Tesla has done away the old-school key and even the key fob for the Model 3 (TSLA)

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In addition to getting rid of much of the traditional dashboard instrumentation for the Model 3, Tesla has also ditched the key. 

And not just the old-school physical key, which has been replaced by fobs by most automakers. Tesla has literally dispensed with pretty much anything an owner might need to carry around.

So no key, and instead owners will use a smartphone app that unlocks the Model 3.

Backup is a credit-card-sized rectangle of plastic. If the smartphone app doesn’t work, or you lose your phone or don’t have it charged, you can keep the card in your pocket, purse, wallet — whatever — and swipe it near the front door handle to get in and fire up the Model 3’s electric drivetrain.

The card can also be given to valets for parking.

That’s the Model 3 — getting rid of all kinds of stuff that cars have needed for decades.

It would be understandable if some potential owners are anxious over the loss of the good old-fashioned key, but beat this in mind: losing a modern key fob isn’t like losing a traditional key, which could be duplicated. Fobs contain small chips and electronics that bond them too your vehicle. Misplace one, and you could be looking at hundreds of dollars and a trip to the dealer for a replacement.

SEE ALSO: The Tesla Model 3 arrives this week — here are the risks

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The best live video feeds streaming the 2017 total solar eclipse

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The great American total solar eclipse of 2017 is almost upon us.

On Monday, August 21, the moon will slip in front of the sun and cast a dark shadow that will travel across the contiguous United States. A partial solar eclipse will be visible around the entire country, but totality — when the moon fully blocks the sun and eerie-looking effects occur — can only be seen within a 60- to 70-mile-wide sliver.

The path of totality will touch 12 US states, but hotels in those regions began selling out a year ago. If you’re not planning to travel and brave the traffic, though, there will be plenty of ways to watch livestreaming video of the eclipse.

Below, Business Insider has compiled a collection of what should be the best feeds. As new ones go live, we’ll embed or link to them.

NASA is pulling out all of the stops with two live feeds of the solar eclipse, via NASA TV and NASA EDGE, across multiple popular streaming-video services. So we recommend watching those. NASA’s first stream goes on air at 8:45 a.m. PDT/11:45 a.m. EDT, which is about an hour before the darkest shadow of the moon, called the umbra, first touches Oregon.

From there the umbra will zoom southeast at speeds of 1,440 mph to 2,370 mph, ending its American journey 93 minutes later in South Carolina. This map shows where and when the umbra — and totality — will arrive across the US:

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(Click here for a larger version of the map, or figure out the exact time for your viewing location with NASA’s interactive eclipse map.)

When a feed will broadcast totality depends on where its cameras are located. The longest totality will last at any one location is less than three minutes, but some feeds will have dozens of cameras sprinkled across the country.

Note: You may need to disable Flash and ad blockers for the feeds to work. We’ve also included links directly to the streaming sites in case you’re having trouble watching.


1. NASA TV

On solar eclipse day, the space agency’s main feed is going to be epic.

NASA TV has mapped out live video coverage for its “Eclipse Across America” segment from 12 different locations on the ground, jets in the sky, telescopes, and dozens of high-altitude balloons. (Yes, we said “epic” for a reason.) These feeds should run from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. EDT.

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Ustream

Facebook Live

When NASA TV’s feed from its Facebook page goes live, we’ll embed it here.

Other services

In addition to desktop video feeds, NASA will also host live video on Periscope.tv, Twitch, and its family of mobile apps.


2. NASA EDGE

NASA EDGE is the space agency’s edgier video production, and is typically unscripted. Their feed will be a “megacast” of the solar eclipse from Saluki Stadium in Carbondale, Illinois, and is slated to run from 11:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT.

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In addition to NASA EDGE’s main live feed, you can watch direct feeds of the eclipse from the H-Alpha Telescope, the Ca-K Telescope, and the White Light Telescope. They’ll also have a channel to show off freshly processed photos of the event.

Facebook Live

When NASA EDGE’s feed from its Facebook page goes live, we’ll embed it here.


3. Slooh

This company has partnerships with observatories all over the world, allowing them to stream almost any astronomical event. We like Slooh because they fill their broadcasts with commentary from a rotating cast of experts who speak in conversational language.

On eclipse day they’ll base their broadcast out of Stanley, Idaho. The feed should go live at 12 p.m. EDT, and when it does we’ll embed it here.


4. Stream.live

Stream is a newer, interactive video feed service that we don’t plan to embed here, but you can access it for free at at eclipse.stream.live on the day of the total solar eclipse.

Stream has partnered with NASA to string together an interactive feed that will feature footage from 52 high-altitude balloons launched from schools, universities, astronomy clubs, and others within the path of totality. The balloons will fly 100,000 feet up into the air. 

“The viewer will be able to pick which balloon they want to watch via the interactive map on the site,” Will Jamieson, Stream’s CEO, told Business Insider in an email.

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Stream’s balloon cameras “will be aiming horizontal” to capture “both the earth as well as space,” Jamieson said.

This means there’s a very good chance the feeds will show the oval-shaped umbra speeding across the ground as it races east.

SEE ALSO: The simple way to see total solar eclipses longer than anyone on Earth

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Silicon Valley's liberal bubble has burst, and the culture war has arrived

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

I spent three months living in San Francisco in 2014 for a work assignment.

As a New Yorker, I had the feeling I was jumping into a living cartoon, a culture more like HBO’s “Silicon Valley” than anything steeped in reality.

I was right. My main takeaway after my stint out west: The citizens of Silicon Valley are not like the rest of us. They’re totally happy living in a bubble believing they’re changing the world with their genius while ignoring the realities on the outside.

Lately, that theme also applies to politics. The tech industry skews to the left more than any other industry. Even as some members of the tech elite have cozied up to the Trump administration, getting photo ops in Trump Tower and the White House, Silicon Valley as a whole has doubled down on its status as a bastion of liberalism. The industry presents itself as not only making the world a better place through tech products, but also through its stances on social issues.

Tech CEOs regularly jump to put out statements responding to the latest things outraging liberal sentiments. They’ve admonished Trump’s policies like his ban on transgender people serving in the military and his decision to back out of the Paris climate accord. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings even blasted fellow Facebook board member Peter Thiel simply for supporting Trump.

And the displays of liberalism aren’t limited to CEOs, by any means. Google employees literally left work in the middle of the day to march against Trump’s immigration ban.

But that bubble burst this week when Google engineer James Damore’s memo on diversity went viral and made him a hero of the far right almost overnight.

james damore 5The multi-layered bait was too sweet for the online #MAGA hordes not to bite. Here was a white male claiming disenfranchisement in an organization that he viewed as obsessed with political correctness and liberalism. He’d written a manifesto with claims about the biological inferiority of women for some tech jobs that were sure to hit home with the right. And the title of his essay alone — “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” — was sure to stir up passions.

The fact that he also had a scientific background that helped lend credibility to his claims was just icing on the cake.

People on the right headed online to make their opinions heard. They tweeted Damore’s musings with delight and charged that that his firing was proof that Google wanted to silence conservative viewpoints. A Reddit user posted an image likening Damore’s manifesto to Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses.

YouTube, which is ironically owned by Google and has become a hot spot for right-wing vloggers, was the outlet of choice for Damore himself. His first public interviews were to Stefan Molyneux and Jordan B. Peterson, far-right figures who have built up large followings on the video site. (It’s worth noting that Damore, who railed against ideological echo chambers in his memo, jumped right into one that matched his own views after he gained notoriety.)

Damore’s memo and subsequent firing was the exploding powder keg that brought Silicon Valley into the culture war the rest of the country has been fighting for years. 

I have a feeling things are only going to accelerate from here. I’ve had Googlers this week describe to me a kind of hysteria within the company. There’s talk about conservative employees organizing and rebelling by following the practice of “malicious compliance,” where workers bent on sabotaging their superiors follow the letter of the orders they’re given but not their intent.

One employee told me that some of her coworkers who support Damore are outing Googlers who oppose his stance by sharing their internal Google+ profiles. That’s caused some of those who have been outed to fear for their safety. CEO Sundar Pichai canceled a town hall meeting where he was scheduled to take questions about the Damore memo because of just those fears.

But the bursting of the bubble is affecting more of Silicon Valley than just Google. Others in the tech industry are using the Damore memo as an excuse to speak out and express similar views, something you probably wouldn’t have seen even six months ago.

Here’s what two members of the VC class —  Eric Weinstein, a managing director at Thiel Capital, and Paul Graham of Y Combinator — had to say:

But more importantly, Google is drawing fire from the right from outside Silicon Valley.

The Google employees who were outed for opposing Damore have seen their names published on fringe-right sites. Meanwhile, more mainstream national figures on the right have weighed in. New York Times columnist David Brooks, who seems to have misread and misunderstood the memo, said Pichai should resign as CEO for firing Damore. Former Arkansas governor and conservative Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee called Damore’s firing a “PC witch hunt.”

We haven’t seen a culture clash like this in the tech industry since the Gamergate fiasco back in 2014.

But this time it’s bigger. This time we have a very public company that makes things that affect our lives every day in a fight with someone who’s the new messiah of the right. This time, the Google memo controversy has escaped the confines of the internet and has bled into the real world. It’s the perfect cultural moment for 2017: a wave of populist anger is hitting an industry whose influence on our lives is increasing exponentially.

We’re wrapping up just the first week of what is sure to be a months-long battle with victims, martyrs, morons, and heroes on both sides. The culture war may be familiar to everyone, but now Silicon Valley’s bubble has burst, and it’s just like the rest of us. 

SEE ALSO: Sundar Pichai’s memo to employees after firing James Damore

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A new Sonic game is on the way, and it looks exactly like Sonic did 20-plus years ago

For millions of kids in the ’90s, the war between Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog was serious business.

And for Nintendo and Sega, it was actually serious business. Nintendo controlled north of 90% of the video game market before Sega — and a speedy blue cartoon hedgehog named Sonic — showed up.

Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog

“Sonic the Hedgehog” — the original Sega Genesis game, not the character — is beloved among game fans of a certain age. It starred the hard-edged Sega equivalent of Nintendo’s goofy, floppy-hatted Super Mario. It was fast, it was edgy, and it was fresh. (It didn’t hurt that Sega included the game for free with new Genesis consoles, making it the first-ever successful free-to-play game.)

For years, fans have wanted a return to the original, 16-bit-era version of “Sonic the Hedgehog” that they grew up with. And now, those fans are taking over the creation of exactly such a project.

This is “Sonic Mania”:

SEE ALSO: Nintendo is about to release a miniature version of the original SNES — here’s everything we know about it

If “Sonic Mania” looks familiar, that’s because it’s a spitting image of the original “Sonic the Hedgehog” games.

It stars Sonic (the hedgehog), Tails, and a third playable character….

Knuckles! He’s an echidna.

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AI and CGI will transform information warfare, boost hoaxes, and escalate revenge porn

  • Humans can generally trust what they see and hear — but that won’t be the case for long.
  • Advances in AI and CGI will soon make it possible for anyone to create photorealistic video and audio.
  • Experts say it will transform information warfare, allowing the creation of sophisticated propaganda and misinformation.
  • The tech’s impact will be profound, turbocharging everything from fake news and hoaxes to revenge porn and DIY entertainment.

pope joan woodcutHoaxes and trickery are almost as old as human history.

When the Roman Republic first conquered the Italian peninsula between 500-200 BC, it was known to send fake refugees into enemy cities to “[subvert] the enemy from within.” “Pope Joan” was believed to be a woman who allegedly tricked her way into become pope in the Middle Ages by pretending to be a man — but the entire story is now viewed as fake, a fictional yarn spun centuries after her purported reign.

“Vortigern and Rowena,” a play that debuted in 1798, was initially touted as a lost work of William Shakespeare — but was in fact a forgery created by William Henry Ireland. And in the 1980s, the Soviet Union attempted to damage the United States’ reputation and sow discord among its allies by spreading the myth that American scientists had created AIDS in a military laboratory, in an “active measures” disinformation campaign called “Operation INFEKTION.”

Some fringe historians even believe that almost 300 years of medieval history were a hoax — invented retrospectively by the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III for political purposes in 1,000 AD.

But humanity is now rapidly approaching the holy grail of hoaxes: Tools that will allow anyone to easily create fraudulent, photo-realistic video and audio.

Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and computer-generated imagery (CGI) technology, over the coming decade it will become trivial to produce fake media of public figures and ordinary people saying and doing whatever hoaxers can dream of — something that will have immense and worrying implications for society.

In a previous feature, Business Insider explored how the tech will make it far more difficult to verify news media — boosting “fake news” and exacerbating mistrust in the mainstream media. But experts now say that its effects will be felt far more broadly than just journalism. 

It will open up worrying new fronts in information warfare, as hostile governments weaponise the technology to sow falsehoods, propaganda, and mistrust in target populations. The tools will be a boon to malicious pranksters, giving them powerful new tools to bully and blackmail, and even produce synthetic “revenge porn” featuring their unwilling targets. And fraud schemes will become ever-more sophisticated and difficult to detect, creating uncertainty as to who is on the other end of any phone call or video-conference.

This may sound sensational, but it’s not science fiction. This world is right around the corner — and humanity desperately needs to prepare itself.

The technology is basic — but not for long

Right now, the technology required to easily produce fake audio and video is in its infancy. It exists mainly in the form of tech demos, research projects, and apps that have yet to see a commercial release — but it hints at the world to come.

A few examples: In July, researchers at the University of Washington used AI to produce a fake video of President Barack Obama speaking, built by analysing tens of hours of footage of his past speeches. (The audio used also came from an old speech.)

The tech to do this live already exists. In 2016, “Face2face” researchers were able to take existing video footage of high-profile political figures including George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump, and make their facial expressions mimic those of a human actor, all in real time.

People are also working to spoof human speech. Voice-mimicking software called Lyrebird can take audio of someone speaking and use it to synthesise a digital version of that person’s voice — something it showed off to disconcerting effect with demos of Hillary Clinton, Obama, and Trump promoting it. It’s in development, and Adobe, the company behind Photoshop, is also developing similar tools under the name Project Voco.

The next generation of information warfare

In early August 2016, the US had an international crisis on its hands, and Americans were beginning to panic. As many as 10,000 armed police had surrounded the US Incirlik airbase in Turkey, and Twitter users were worrying that the situation could rapidly escalate — perhaps even with the nuclear weapons on the base falling into the hands of the demonstrators.

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Navy Day parade in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 30, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/File Photo Except, it didn’t really happen like this. As The Daily Beast reported, the reality was a peaceful protest of around 1,000 people. Russian state propaganda outlets Russia Today and Sputnik pushed the false narrative, aided by thousands of English-language tweets sent from accounts identified as bots controlled by the Russian government, Foreign Policy Research Institute fellow Clint Watts told the US Senate Intelligence Committee in 2017.

This is an example of Russia’s longstanding policy of “active measures” — spreading misinformation for propaganda purposes or to help it achieve its strategic objectives. Gregory C. Allen, an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security, argues that these efforts from Russia — and others like them — will receive a powerful shot in the arm from developments in CGI and AI.

“We have seen foreign governments be more than willing to rely on … propaganda in the text real and in the fabricated imagery realm,” he told Business Insider. “They have demonstrated their willingness to sprint as fast as they can in this exact direction, and making use of every tool that is available to them.”

The future could see authoritarian states using forged media to help generate dissent in the populations of rival countries, much like what happened at Incirlik — and to discredit and damage political opposition at home.

Allen also discussed the national security implications of artificial intelligence in a recent paper, warning: “We will struggle to know what to trust. Using cryptography and secure communication channels, it may still be possible to, in some circumstances, prove the authenticity of evidence. But, the ‘seeing is believing’ aspect of evidence that dominates today — one where the human eye or ear is almost always good enough — will be compromised.”

The tech is a bonanza for fraudsters

A popular technique employed by modern scammers is “CEO fraud” — an email sent to a company employee, masquerading as from the CEO or another executive, asking them to make a payment to an account or take another action.

These kinds of attacks will soon have a whole new line of attack: Voice.

Imagine your boss calls you up, and asks you to make a transaction, or send over a password or a confidential document. It’s clearly her voice, she knows who you are, and you might even make some small talk. Today, no-one would think anything was amiss.

This is because, Allen says, you “are currently using voice as an authentication technology, but [you] don’t think of it as an authentication technology because it’s just a background of human life that you can trust.”

But in five or so years, that trust may have evaporated — replaced by a mistrust of what you hear on the phone and even see with your own eyes in a video-conference: “In the very near future it’s not going to be something that you can rely on. Likewise, a video forgery techniques get further along, the same will be true if you were to have a video chat with someone.”

Old people and those are less tech-literate will be particularly vulnerable, Francis Tseng, a copublisher of The New Inquiry (who curates a project tracking how technology can distort reality) suggested: “Many people deal with their parents or grandparents falling prey to phone scams … And an easy rule of thumb to tell them is ‘don’t give out private information to anyone you don’t know!’. With these voice synthesis technologies, someone could easily forge a phone call from you or another relative.”

It will turbo-charge fake news

We’re already living in an era of “fake news.” US President Donald Trump frequently lashes out online at the “phony” news media. Hoax news outlets have been created by Macedonian teenagers to make a quick buck from ad revenue, their stories spreading easily through platforms like Facebook. Public trust in the professional news media has fallen to an all-time low.

When anyone can throw together a video of a politician or celebrity saying whatever they want, it seems likely to engender further mistrust — and allow hoaxes to spread more easily than ever before.

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And there’s a flipside to this: It will also cast some doubts on even legitimate footage. If a politician or celebrity is caught saying or doing something untoward, there will be an increasing chance that the person could dismiss the video as being fabricated.

In October, Trump’s presidential campaign was rocked by the “Access Hollywood” tape — audio of his discussing groping women in vulgar terms. What if he could have semi-credibly claimed the entire thing was just an AI-powered forgery?

It will transform cyberbullying

This technology won’t just be misused to pursue political and strategic objectives, or to defraud businesses: It will be a weapon for bullies, capable of inflicting arbitrary cruelty.

In the hands of children, it seems likely to be misused to hijack the image of victims’, and to animate it for malicious purposes. A child’s digital avatar might be made to confess their love for another, embarrassing them — or their voice could confess to a misdemeanour, landing them in trouble with school authorities.

Justin Thies, who helped develop Face2face, predicted it would “lift cyberbullying to a whole new level.”

A spokesperson for child protection charity NSPCC acknowledged the danger: “Emerging technologies, such as AI and CGI, pose both potential risks and opportunities to young people and we must make sure they do not leave children and young people exposed to danger and harassment online.

“We know that cyber-bullying can be particularly devastating to young people as it doesn’t stop in the playground and follows them home so they feel they cannot escape.”

It will create a new category of sexual crimes

Jennifer LawrenceIn August 2014, hundreds of intimate photos of dozens of celebrities were released online — causing a media frenzy, and the creation of huge online communities dedicated to sharing the images. That the photos were stolen and being shared without the consent of the subjects did little to dampen many sharers’ enthusiasm — even as Jennifer Lawrence, one of the victims, described it as a “sex crime” and a “sexual violation.”

The episode indicates there is likely to be significant interest in on-demand pornography produced using these technologies in the years ahead, regardless of whether the subjects of these CGI films give permission.

“Revenge porn” websites already exist dedicated to cataloguing and sharing the intimate photos and videos of non-celebrities, and it seems likely that media-editing technology will be used to produce material featuring “ordinary” people, as well as the rich and famous — bringing with it the widespread risk of shame and blackmail.

A whole new world of entertainment awaits

jurassic parkNot every use case of this tech will be negative, however. The internet is already home to a vibrant remix culture — just look at the Reddit community “Photoshop Battles” — and photorealistic video-editing tools may well spark a huge wave of DIY creativity.

“There could be a lot of interesting IP cases if amateur filmmakers start synthesizing films using the likenesses of celebrities and start profiting off that. I can imagine a whole culture of bootleg films produced in this way,” Tseng said.

The tech that powers face-modifying filters in apps like Snapchat is “primitive compared to the Hollywood CGI or today, but it’s actually significantly more advanced than the Hollywood CGI of the Eighties,” Allen said. “So what we’re seeing is the state-of-the-art capabilities slowly come down in price and availability such that amateurs have access to ultimately what are rather impressive capabilities.”

The tech likely to be used by the established entertainment industry as well as amateurs, Tseng suggested: “We’ve also seen movies adapt their scripts for certain markets (e.g. the ‘Red Dawn’ remake changing the villains from China to North Korea). There is already a practice of filming scenes to be slightly different for different markets but this technology could lead to it on a much larger scale, where even individuals experience a version of a film totally personalized for them.”

Just look at “Star Wars: Rogue One” for an example of how this tech will be employed by Hollywood studios in years to come. Peter Cushing reprised his role as Grand Moff Tarkin — even though he had been dead for 22 years. His image was reconstructed using CGI overlaid on a real actor.

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This is all right around the corner

This is all currently theoretical. But it won’t be long until it becomes a reality.

“I think we are one to two years away from these sorts of forgeries, especially in audio where progress is a little bit easier,” Allen said. “One to two years away from forgeries being able to fool the untrained ear and somewhere between five to 10 years away from them being able to evade certain types of forensic analysis.”

So how do we prepare? Journalists and organisations will have to rely increasingly on cryptography to “sign” media, so it can be verified when required. Big platforms like Facebook will have a roll to play in policing for fraudulent material, Face2face’s Justus Thies argues: “Social-media companies as well as the classical media companies have the responsibility to develop and setup fraud detection systems to prevent spreading / shearing of misinformation.” And it will force ordinary people to be far more skeptical about the media they consume.

In some cases, “it may be possible to come up with a video format that simply rejects editing,” Allen suggested. “But this will still be a suboptimal solution compared to what we have now … in the best case scenario, this results in there [being] trained experts who can discern the most likely version of the truth, and that is just so far away from where we are today which is amateurs can rely upon their own eyes to discern the truth.”

We don’t realise just how lucky we’ve been

These advances mean that humanity is rapidly approaching the end of a unique period in human history. We “live in an amazing time where the tech for documenting the truth is significantly more advanced than the tech for fabricating the truth. This was not always the case. If you think back to the invention of the printing press, and early newspapers, it was just as easy to lie in a newspaper as it was to tell the truth,” Allen said.

“And with the invention of the photograph and the phonograph, or recorded audio, we now live in a new technological equilibrium where — provided you have the right instruments there — you can prove something occurred … we thought that was a permanent technological outcome, and it is now clear that is a temporary technological outcome. And that we cannot rely on this technological balance of truth favouring truth forever.”

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We drop tested both the new and old Nokia 3310 – and there was a clear winner

The Nokia 3310 has legendary status for its durability, so we drop tested the new version and the old version to see which one could take more damage.

The new Nokia 3310 survived the first-storey drop with minor scratches, but when we dropped it from a fourth-storey window the screen cracked and it was unusable.

The old Nokia 3310 survived the fourth-storey window drop with just a few lines across the screen. 

Watch the video to see how we destroyed both phones.

Produced by Leon Siciliano. Special thanks to Claudia Romeo and David Ibekwe.

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Elon Musk: Artificial intelligence presents 'vastly more risk than North Korea'

Elon Musk

Elon Musk tweeted some warnings about artificial intelligence on Friday night.

“If you’re not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea,” Musk tweeted after his $1 billion startup, OpenAI, made a surprise appearance at a $24 million video game tournament Friday night, beating the world’s best players in the video game, “Dota 2.”

Musk claimed OpenAI’s bot was the first to beat the world’s best players in competitive eSports, but quickly warned that increasingly powerful artificial intelligence like OpenAI’s bot — which learned by playing a “thousand lifetimes” of matches against itself — would eventually need to be reined in for our own safety.

“Nobody likes being regulated, but everything (cars, planes, food, drugs, etc) that’s a danger to the public is regulated. AI should be too,” Musk said in another tweet on Friday night.

Musk has previously expressed a healthy mistrust of artificial intelligence. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO warned in 2016 that, if artificial intelligence is left unregulated, humans could devolve into the equivalent of “house cats” next to increasingly powerful supercomputers. He made that comparison while hypothesizing about the need for a digital layer of intelligence he called a “neural lace” for the human brain.

“I think one of the solutions that seems maybe the best is to add an AI layer,” Musk said. “A third, digital layer that could work well and symbiotically” with the rest of your body,” Musk said during Vox Media’s 2016 Code Conference in Southern California.

Nanotechnologists have already been working on this concept.

Musk said at the time: “If we can create a high-bandwidth neural interface with your digital self, then you’re no longer a house cat.”

Jillian D’Onfro contributed to this report.

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Snapchat has 173 million users but it's struggling to grow outside North America (SNAP)

Snapchat announced that its audience grew to 173 million daily users in Q2. That’s a nice improvement from the 143 million users it had one year ago, but it was 2 million users shy of the level Wall Street expected.

Snapchat’s stronghold continues to be in North America, as we can see in this chart from Statista. While Europe is also a big market for Snapchat, the company is not adding users as quickly in that region. Snapchat’s growth in the rest of the world continues to lag, perhaps owing to the longrunning challenges it has had with the version of its app for Android — the more popular smartphone operating system outside the US. 

During Snap’s Q2 conference call on Thursday, CEO Evan Spiegel said the company had made improvements with its Android app, but that certain issues required more significant structural changes that could drag into 2018.

 

 

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Elon Musk's $1 billion AI startup made a surprise appearance at a $24 million video game tournament — and crushed a pro gamer

openai dendi dota 2Computers have already beaten the world’s best humans at classic games like chess and Go.

Now one has beaten one of the world’s best players of the smash-hit video game “Dota 2,” live on stage at The International, developer Valve’s flagship $24 million tournament, in a surprise unannounced match-up.

In a one-on-one exhibition match, a bot designed by OpenAI, the $1 billion artificial-intelligence research nonprofit cochaired by Tesla Motors CEO Musk and Y Combinator President Sam Altman, defeated Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin, a professional player who’s estimated to have earned $735,449.40 in winnings in his career. 

OpenAI’s bot beat Dendi in the first match in about ten minutes; Dendi resigned from the second match, and declined to play a third.

“Please, stop bullying me,” Dendi said of the bot during the match.

Elon Musk himself took to Twitter to praise OpenAI for its achievement, saying this bot was the “first ever to defeat world’s best players in competitive eSports.”

In a video ahead of the matchup, OpenAI CTO Greg Brockman explained that the company’s special bot was trained by playing a “thousand lifetimes” of matches against itself, with “coaching” from the company. Brockman also boasted that the bot had already bested several pro “Dota 2” players.

Over the past week, our bot was undefeated against many top professionals including SumaiL (top 1v1 player in the world) and Arteezy (top overall player in the world),” wrote Brockman in a blog entry discussing the bot.

The idea of “self-playing” is key to the advances that OpenAI is pushing for, Brockman told Business Insider following the match. It’s a useful way for an AI system to learn even the most complex tasks: If it goes up against a weaker player, it doesn’t learn anything, and if it goes against a far stronger player, it doesn’t learn anything. But by playing itself, Brockman says, it always has a worthy opponent. 

“You kind of see this AI go from total randomness” into the game-winning system we saw here, Brockman says.

You can watch OpenAI’s introductory video here:

 

Artificial intelligence companies have a history of using video games to test their technology: Google’s DeepMind has tackled “StarCraft 2,” while a Microsoft AI team recently claimed to attain the high score in Ms. Pac-Man.

OpenAI isn’t just walking away after its victory. The organization hopes to have its bot ready to play in a proper five-on-five match next year, Brockman said. Meanwhile, the organization is releasing the bot so that anyone can play against it. Valve is placing a bounty of in-game currency for the first players who can defeat it.

“‘Dota’ is not solved,” Brockman says. 

Still, Brockman says that he expects OpenAI to look at applying this very same bot to other games — those same “self-playing” principles can be applied almost anywhere, and Brockman says that OpenAI is excited to see what it can learn under a variety of circumstances.

“At OpenAI, we’re not just about publishing a paper,” says Brockman. “It’s really about building working systems and doing something that would have been impossible before.”

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I'm a successful woman in tech — and I didn't complain to HR about the sexual harassment I've experienced

Donna Harris

Donna Harris is cofounder of 1776, a global startup incubator and seed fund headquartered in Washington, D.C. She can be reached via Twitter @dharrisindc.

In the aftermath of “the Google memo” I had to read Eric Weinstein’s tweet multiple times to be sure I’d read it correctly….

Complain to HR tweet
Like Eric, I too am a venture capitalist and a techie. Long ago, I started my career as a Systems Engineer. I’ve worked for big companies like Oracle and run several startups of my own. Some failed; some soared and produced nice exits. I’ve raised tens of millions of dollars, run a VC fund and run incubators around the world.

You could say that, over my 25 successful years in tech, I’ve been around the block a few times. And, I can tell you, most of those blocks were littered with rampant sexism, mansplaining, unconscious bias and some downright ugly discrimination.

Yet I didn’t complain to HR.

I didn’t complain to HR when the president of [our unit in] Korea took me to a brothel and bought me a prostitute. Or when that same president sent his managing director to my hotel room in the middle of the night to threaten me if I did complain. Or when he withheld my plane ticket (back in the days when you needed old fashioned paper to board a plane) so I was, in essence, hostage in a foreign country.

I didn’t complain to HR when the male sales reps I worked alongside took their clients to strip clubs. Or when my boss joined them. Or when they all came to work hung over the next day and recounted their adventures loudly for all to hear.

I didn’t complain to HR when coworker after coworker assumed traveling for business gave him a free pass to come on to me. Or when they commented on my cleavage.

I didn’t complain to HR when I was pursued by one of my investors doggedly trying to get me to sleep with him. Or when my other investors told me they invested because I reminded them of their daughters.

I didn’t complain to HR when I was asked to step out of a photo so my male CO-founder and CO-CEO could be featured in a cover story solo. Or when I was repeatedly mistaken for his assistant when copied on emails.

I didn’t complain to HR when my boss took my idea for a new business line and handed it to his buddy to run, telling me the business would “do better if led by a man with gray hair.”

I didn’t complain to HR the 8,000 times I was interrupted, mansplained, dismissed, ignored, or not invited. Or when I was told I was too bossy or called intimidating. Or all the times I was told to stop talking so much about diversity problems or sexism in tech.

I didn’t complain to HR because, like nearly every woman on the planet, I was doing was I was taught my whole life to do. Be nice.

Have you ever been too nice and ended up in a situation that could have been avoided if you just would’ve been an a–h-le?

My neighbor, Amy, shared this quote a few weeks ago, and my response was “So. Much. This.” I spent much of my career being nice. Making others feel comfortable. Not rustling any feathers. Because, God forbid, my confidence, dignity, power, and assertiveness might be labeled as bitchiness.

So, Eric, as I reflected on your tweet, I just want to say thanks…

Thanks for helping me reflect on all the times I didn’t complain to HR. It reminded me of all the times I was too nice, when I should have been an asshole and called out the bad behavior behavior around me. It solidified for me that, despite the passing of 25 years (!!!!!), not much has changed — the bros’ of the Valley, tech, and venture are not going lead the way to changing a very sexist system.

Thanks for reminding me that, despite the continuous stream of disgusting frat boy behavior all around me, I managed to succeed in ways most men only dream of. Which reminded me of all the evidence that shows women actually get higher returns on capital when they do get venture capital. Which re-motivated me to find ways to help women succeed. So we can make voices like yours irrelevant.

Or, as my mom used to say “kill them with kindness.”

she is kind but strong, and that is where so many mistake her. they interpret her kindness for weakness and force her to show her strength.

I know I’m not alone in having these sorts of stories. Share yours and encourage others to do the same, with the hashtag #didntcomplaintoHR.

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