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Elon Musk is afraid of runaway AI that becomes hostile to humans by pursuing its own goals. I believe we started building that AI 47 years ago, and it's only now coming into its own. Here is my talk from the O'Reilly AI Conference earlier today about the algorithmic systems that already rule our lives, and why we need to change the goals we have given them.

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We shouldn't fear technology. It does what we ask it to do. What we should fear (and change!) is what we are asking for. In this interview with the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, I talk about my new book, and make the case that we are already living inside an artificial intelligence, and we've told it to be hostile to humans. The book isn't out till October 10, but you can pre-order it on Amazon.

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It looks like #@CTRLLabsCo has made a real breakthrough. This is one of the advances that will take us beyond the smartphone. If you've done any playing around with augmented reality, you realize that control and interaction is one of the key blocks to widespread adoption. Brain-computer interfaces are a key combinatorial innovation that will enable a completely different UI paradigm for interacting with devices and ambient computing.

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Do you remember the Ginzu knife infomercials on TV, showing off more and more amazing feats and features, then asking: "Now how much would you pay?" Except now we're talking about an amazing bundle of data science and AI ebooks from O'Reilly Media! It's good for you, good for the publisher and authors, and good for the selected nonprofit. So I'm SUPER excited to say that we are doing our best-ever Humble Bundle starting today. The Humble Bundle is a real innovation in ebook, software, and game distribution - a "pay what you want" bundle of amazing value, with minimum thresholds unlocking ever more value. A portion of what you pay goes to a nonprofit, in this case, Code for America, which brings the power of technology to bear helping government services work better for the people who need them most. Now how much would you pay? Check it out!

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Check out Maker Media's new Humble Bundle deal. If you're not familiar with Humble Bundle, it's a pay-what-you want promotion. In this case, get a selection of amazing electronics + programming #ebooks for pennies on the dollar! Supports Maker Education

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Nobel Laureate in Economics Oliver Hart and his colleague Luigi Zingales provide a fascinating analysis and refutation of Milton Friedman's intellectual basis for shareholder value maximization theory, explaining why they believe that "shareholder welfare maximization should replace market value maximization as the proper objective of companies.”

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This is an excellent account of how the competitive dynamics are shifting in Lyft's favor in its ride-sharing battle with Uber. Unfortunately, the analysis of the impact of autonomous cars is shallow. It notes that autonomous vehicles can be "can be utilized nearly 100% of the time." Yet one of the key drivers of the peer-to-peer model is that it pulls in part time workers to address inherently lumpy demand. To have enough autonomous cars to meet peak demand, you have to have way more cars than you need. (I talk about the tradeoffs, and how to properly understand how autonomy intersects with the on-demand business model as one of the many subjects in my forthcoming book WTF: What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us.) Nonetheless, this is a must-read article on this game changing technology. Some particularly good thoughts from John Zimmer of Lyft on why autonomous vehicles will still create opportunity for human workers.

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Billionaire Nick Hanauer has some blistering advice for his fellow plutocrats on the left. If you want to do something about Trump, don't "#resist", pay ordinary people more of the extraordinary gains brought to the economy by rising productivity.

He writes "Many of my peers prefer to hide behind the enduring myth that today’s crisis of economic inequality and insecurity is the result of forces unleashed by unstoppable trends in technology and globalization. “It’s not my fault I have so much while others have so little,” we comfort ourselves, “it’s the economy.” That is nonsense. There’s no intrinsic reason why the social and political changes delivered by technological advances and globalization have to massively concentrate wealth in the hands of the few. We simply exploited changing circumstances to take advantage of people with less power than us."

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Cheryl Platz, former senior UX designer on Amazon's Alexa platform team, recently spoke with O'Reilly Media editor Nikki McDonald for the O'Reilly Design podcast about the challenges of working on a top-secret design project, gender bias in the market for home devices, the research behind Amazon's Echo Look, the skills required to start designing for voice, and how studying improv can make you a better designer.

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Brett Goldstein gives some excellent advice on basic security hygiene. It the most obvious cure for the common risks of the connected world.
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