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Matthew J Price
Father, Transhumanist, Futurist, Philosopher, Economist, Master Floss Roller
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“This marks the starting point of a long and sustained program of renewable energy deployment in Saudi Arabia that will not only diversify our power mix but also catalyze economic development,” Khalid Al-Falih, the energy minister, said in the statement. The ministry’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office intends to set up “the most attractive, competitive and well executed government renewable energy investment programs in the world,” he said.

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Not probably a good sign 

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Let's say you need to build a defense system against small drones, which might be armed with anything from cameras to bombs. You need something which can identify targets, tell friend from foe, disable them in-flight, and do so without endangering people on the ground -- crucial if (for example) a drone attack were made on a crowded urban area. The perfect system would be able to fly up to the drone, grab it, and safely land it.

A nearly perfect system for this already exists, and has for millions of years: Aquila chrysaetos, the golden eagle. And now the French Air Force is training them to hunt and kill drones.

h/t +A.V. Flox

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Face swap nightmare fuel 

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Yuval Noah Harari discusses how automation will not impact countries equally. He suggests that a universal basic income might not be the perfect response as it only works on an national scale.

I will be uploading more videos so you might find it worth it to subscribe.


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Well, that's disappointing. I hope it doesn't show the competition much.

//We found that six weeks before his resignation this former employee, Anthony Levandowski, downloaded over 14,000 highly confidential and proprietary design files for Waymo’s various hardware systems, including designs of Waymo’s LiDAR and circuit board. To gain access to Waymo’s design server, Mr. Levandowski searched for and installed specialized software onto his company-issued laptop. Once inside, he downloaded 9.7 GB of Waymo’s highly confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation. Then he connected an external drive to the laptop. Mr. Levandowski then wiped and reformatted the laptop in an attempt to erase forensic fingerprints.
Beyond Mr. Levandowki’s actions, we discovered that other former Waymo employees, now at Otto and Uber, downloaded additional highly confidential information pertaining to our custom-built LiDAR including supplier lists, manufacturing details and statements of work with highly technical information.
We believe these actions were part of a concerted plan to steal Waymo’s trade secrets and intellectual property. Months before the mass download of files, Mr. Levandowski told colleagues that he had plans to “replicate” Waymo’s technology at a competitor.

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Something which may be of interest to various security- and open-source minded folks: we just open-sourced a distributed, secure file-sharing system. Full technical details at .

(I know most of its authors, and they're very, very, good at what they do)

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Now Anyone Can Deploy Google’s Troll-Fighting AI

On Thursday, Jigsaw and its partners on Google’s Counter Abuse Technology Team released a new piece of code called Perspective, an API that gives any developer access to the anti-harassment tools that Jigsaw has worked on for over a year. Part of the team’s broader Conversation AI initiative, Perspective uses machine learning to automatically detect insults, harassment, and abusive speech online. Enter a sentence into its interface, and Jigsaw says its AI can immediately spit out an assessment of the phrase’s “toxicity” more accurately than any keyword blacklist, and faster than any human moderator. The Perspective release brings Conversation AI a step closer to its goal of helping to foster troll-free discussion online, and filtering out the abusive comments that silence vulnerable voices—or, as the project’s critics have less generously put it, to sanitize public discussions based on algorithmic decisions.

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Tesla has actually been quietly experimenting with this model in Asia by selling cars with insurance and maintenance included, Jon McNeill, Tesla's president of sales and services, said during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call.

"It takes into account not only the Autopilot safety features but also the maintenance cost of the car," McNeill said. "It’s our vision in the future we could offer a single price for the car, maintenance, and insurance."

Insurers like Cincinnati Financial, Mercury General, and Travelers have noted in SEC filings that driverless cars could threaten their business models, according to a 2015 Bank of America and Merrill Lynch report.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that crash rates for Tesla vehicles have plummeted 40% since Autopilot was first installed.

"If we find that the insurance providers are not matching the insurance proportionate to the risk of the car then if we need to we will in-source it," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on the earnings call. "But I think we’ll find that insurance providers do adjust the insurance cost proportionate to the risk of a Tesla."

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