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Elon Musk Takes On Artificial Intelligence Vanity Fair

PROPHET MOTIVE Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla and OpenAI, inside part of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, 2010.Photograph by Jonas Fredwall Karlsson.

PROPHET MOTIVE Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla and OpenAI, inside part of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, 2010.Photograph by Jonas Fredwall Karlsson.

In the era of 'fake news' real conversations about the future of humanity are rare. Yet, some of the world's most learned minds are deeply concerned that technology -- and AI intelligence in particular, are sowing the seeds of the demise and destruction of human beings. 

One of Silicon Valley's finest minds, Elon Musk argues in Maureen Dowd's article for Vanity Fair that one reason we need to colonize Mars is so that we’ll have a bolt-hole if A.I. goes rogue and turns on humanity.

In a startling public reproach to his friends and fellow Silicon-world techies, Musk warns that they could be creating the means of their own destruction. He told Bloomberg’s Ashlee Vance, the author of the biography 'Elon Musk', that he is afraid that his friend Larry Page, a co-founder of Google and now the C.E.O. of its parent company, Alphabet, could want the best for humanity but still “produce something evil by accident”—including, possibly, “a fleet of artificial intelligence-enhanced robots capable of destroying mankind.”

Kellyanne's Alternative Universe The Atlantic

Writing for The Atlantic, Molly Ball takes a more serious look at Kellyanne Conway, giving her major credit for articulating the anti-immigration policy that came to dominate the Donald Trump primary and presidential campaigns. 

In 2014, Conway was part of a group of Republicans that produced a poll for FWD.us, an immigration-advocacy nonprofit founded by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. The poll showed that immigration reform was a political necessity for the GOP—a finding that contradicted the line Conway had been pushing since the 1990s. Two months later, Blueberry -- her Secret Service code name -- produced a different poll, demonstrating that “enforcement of current law” and “encouraging illegal immigrants to return to their home countries” could be a winning message. Conway's new findings were rebuffed by Republican donors. But Steve Bannon's far-right wing Breitbart.com called it a "blockbuster".

Can President Trump Handle The Truth? Time Magazine

Trump's alternative reality is dark, divisive and pessimistic, and it tends to position him and his supporters as heroic victims of injustice. Despite this--or maybe because of it--his reckless assertions are weapons that often work. He commandeers the traditional news cycle and makes visceral connections with voters. By taking on Obama over his birth certificate, Trump charmed a right-wing constituency and ratcheted himself to the level of White House--ready. By scorning good manners to attack border crossers and Muslims, Trump showed solidarity with the politically incorrect and advertised his iconoclasm. By flouting fact-checkers and making journalists his enemy, he is driving home the theme that his turbulent presidency is a struggle to the death with a despised Washington elite.

Trump has discovered something about epistemology in the 21st century. The truth may be real, but falsehood often works better. It is for this same reason that Russia deployed paid Internet trolls in the 2016 campaign, according to U.S. investigators, repeatedly promoting lies on U.S. social networks to muddy the debate. In the radical democracy of social media, even the retweets of outraged truth squadders has the effect of rebroadcasting false messages. Controversy elevates message. And it keeps the President on offense. Read on at TIME Magazine

Related: Trump the Dealmaker projects bravado, but behind the scenes, faces rare self-doubt New York Times

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