TECH VISIONARIES Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman are among a group that’s announced a new non-profit artificial intelligence startup. The goal, apparently, is to make sure the first true AI is “good”, and its backers say they’ve committed $1 billion to the project.
This is an interesting development, considering that Musk previously compared building an artificial intelligence to “summoning the demon.”
A CREEPY new video featuring a hooded character, dressed like a medieval plague doctor, presents a dark puzzle that apparently threatens U.S. President Barack Obama. As of today, nobody seems to know who created the video and what it really means.
ASTROPHYSICISTS ARE apparently beginning to rethink the idea of the Big Bang. A pair of researchers claimed this week that quantum mechanics suggest that the universe has always existed. The fact that erasing a starting point for the universe eliminates the need for a Creator is probably not coincidental.
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