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Why Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is a big deal

If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately you’ve probably seen a headline or two about some Hyperloop thing right? It seems like Elon Musk is making headway in so many industries that it’s hard to keep up with. SOOoooo what’s all the “hype”(rloop) about? I’m glad you asked. Hyperloop one started with the idea that we could all be traveling in high-speed vacuumed sealed tubes in the future much like the Jetsons. This is amazing because it would allow us to travel really long distances in fairly short amounts of time. One of Hyperloop’s videos even said something like “If you could travel 300 miles in 30 minutes where would you live?” Think about that, you could work in a different state if you wanted! Probably the most exciting thing about it can be captured in this quote directly from the Hyperloop website.

“Hyperloop systems will be built on columns or tunneled below ground to avoid dangerous grade crossings and wildlife. It’s fully autonomous and enclosed, eliminating pilot error and weather hazards. It’s safe and clean, with no direct carbon emissions.”

Efficient, safe, environmentally friendly, and this thing can travel at airliner speeds the only thing better would be teleportation! Could I get anymore onboard this train…I mean Hyperloop? So the main reason you’re hearing more about it on the news lately is because they successfully tested shooting a transportation pod down this tube and it was able to reach a speed of 192mph! Check out the video below.

It’s because of this test that they can now move onto the next phase of commercialization. Thenextweb.com reports that Hyperloop plans on having three systems in production somewhere around the world by 2021. Now for those of you thinking that 200mph isn’t all THAT fast, it’s important to note these are still early testing and they do expect the speeds to get much higher so we have something to look forward to. All I can say is, what a time to be alive. Let me know what you think about the Hyperloop in a comment below! Love it, hate it, I want to know why!

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Is Artificial Intelligence good or bad? (Part 2)

Following up on a previous post on Artificial intelligence (found here), we touched on a few topics regarding whether AI has morals. If they do how do they get these morals? Are they truly unbiased or unprejudiced? Is all this even worth worrying about? The field of artificial intelligence is so interesting because so many influential and intelligent people have many varying viewpoints. In fact just recently Mark Zuckerburg (owner of Facebook) and Elon Musk (Owner of Tesla) got into a disagreement on the topic.

 

 

In the above video we see theoretical physicist Michio Kaku discussing the points that both Mark Zuckerburg and Elon Musk are making. Although I personally admire both entrepreneurs for how they’ve revolutionized our lives I think Zuckerburg may be a little too optimistic on this front. Machines have already been weaponized in the past and will continue to be weaponized but what happens when you no longer have a machine controlled by a human and its job is still to kill people? (Like some sort or intelligent tank or drone) How does an intelligent machine make its killing decisions? What if something goes wrong with its programming? I suppose you could ask the same of Elon Musk’s Tesla? What happens if its decision gets someone killed? We already know that statistically speaking computers will make less mistakes than humans, but as humans we still feel a perhaps overreaction to an accident if it was caused by AI rather than a human. At least a human we can hold responsible by taking legal action of some sort giving us some kind of relief but a machine? Sure you can scrap the one, sue the company, but the same software will likely be on another car right? Although I agree with Elon that we should be wary to develop AI and it’s better to develop it slowly so we can understand it better, It’s also amusing because autonomous vehicles haven’t seen much in regulation since their inception (although according to this article Congress is supposed to start soon) and they pose a similar risk albeit not as large of a scale as exponential AI.

Then something amazing happened, like an ominous prophecy coming to fruition we started to see click-bait articles like this claiming Facebook HAD to shut down their AI because they invented their own language and were speaking in code in front of their human creators. Well before jumping on the bandwagon (which I admit-ably almost did) I checked the Snopes fact checker and turns out the whole purpose of the experiment was to improve “AI-to-human” communication. So even though I lean on the “AI will probably eventually kill us team” it’s still important to know that we’re just starting to be able to develop and research these topics ourselves so we should be cautious but also not jump to conclusions.

With all this back and forth about AI I want to know what YOU think! Leave a comment below telling us how you feel about AI, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerburg, or anything else AI related.

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