Woz and other big thinkers call for ban on AI weapons

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Starting a Terminator-style AI arms race is a bad idea.
Starting a Terminator-style AI arms race is a bad idea.
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Autonomous weapons that have the power to track and kill targets with Terminator-like efficiency aren’t just a Hollywood fantasy anymore.

Steve Wozniak, Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and hundreds of AI and robotics researchers say the technology to build autonomous weapons that select and engage targets without human intervention is feasible within years, not decades. And we need to ban it now.

Shortest route to killer Apple car? Buy Tesla

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Elon Musk could find himself even richer, if Gene Munster has his way.
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Apple should buy Tesla from Elon Musk — or so thinks Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, speaking in a recent interview with Bloomberg Radio.

“The big thing they could buy that I would be impressed with is Tesla,” Munster said, referring to how Apple could spend its $203 billion in cash. “To me, when you think about that absurd amount of cash, you have to go after opportunities, and I think automotive fits within that camp.”

SpaceX abort system can carry astronauts to safety in five seconds

SpaceX is a step closer to manned flights after a successful test of a launch pad abort system. Photo: Space X
SpaceX is a step closer to manned flights after a successful test of a launch pad abort system. Photo: Space X

When the rocket you are about to ride has 3.9 million pounds of thrust under the seat, it’s comforting to have an exit strategy should something go wrong.

The private company SpaceX recently had a successful test of a launch abort system as it moves closer to having manned flights on its manifest.

Astronauts inside a Dragon spacecraft can be propelled a third of a mile away from the rocket in five seconds in the event of an emergency. SpaceX already has had seven successful unmanned cargo missions to the International Space Station and hopes to start carrying astronauts into space by 2017.

Elon Musk couldn’t be more excited about Apple Car

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Watch out Tesla, here comes the iCar. Photo: Cult of Mac
Photo: Cult of Mac

If Apple ever does get around to building an electric car, no-one would welcome the move more than Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

In Tesla’s Q1 earnings call yesterday, the pioneering entrepreneur behind Tesla, Space X and, most recently, revolutionary solar batteries chimed in on Apple’s reported electric car plans.

Here’s what he had to say.