Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk attended the 2017 bipartisan National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting in Rhode Island. According to their mission statement, “Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.” Musk attended this meeting since he is a major player in energy, transportation, space, and boring construction.
During the conference, Musk spoke about his companies and the challenges states face with energy sources. The biggest takeaway from this meeting was Musk’s response to a question posed by Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada. Governor Sandoval asked Musk if robots would take everyone’s jobs in the future. Musk answered Yes, “robots will do everything better than us.” However, Musk cautioned that we should not just be alarmed about the future job market due to the increasingly advancement of robotism. Musk went on to elaborate that “AI is a fundamental existential risk for human civilization, and I don’t think people fully appreciate that.”
AI (Artificial Intelligence) is a simulation of human intelligence processed by machines and supercomputing systems. AI can perform tasks such as visual perception, speech recognition, logical decision-making, and translation of languages. In addition, AI is being leveraged for managing many cities transportation systems, energy and utilities, and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) weaponry. These are all essential fabrics of our society entrusted in the figurative hands of AI systems that deduce simulative human intelligence as coded by their programmers.
Understandably, we rationalize why there are great reasons to be alarmed of improper utilization of AI. Certainly, as we ponder over the fact that these self-learning AI systems are replacing humans at an alarming rate in multiple industries, we cannot help but readily think about good ole “Skynet”. Musk’s comments, regarding AI being an existential risk for human civilization is not mere paranoia and speculation.
Record-Setting Drone Fly’s 179.6 mph.
It seems everywhere we turn we are hearing something about drones and their increasing prevalence in our society. Once they were a primary mechanism for warfare and agriculture surveying, now they are more affordable and commonplace at a consumer level. In the United States, there is ongoing legislation discussed and adopted to govern the use of drones. Not only in the U.S. but worldwide governments are requiring citizens to obtain certifications for their use in various applications. The popularity of drones does not seem to be diminishing soon. Outdoor tech hobbyists and investors, has found a way to capitalize on this trend by forming a DRL (Drone Racing League). Pilots in the DRL have a Need for Speed and want their drones built for speed and agility at money-earning competition level specifications. Recently, at a DRL event a RacerX drone achieved a Guinness World Record clocking in at a top speed of 163.5 miles per hour for the record.
DRL director of product Ryan Gury and his team of DRL engineers built the drone. The RacerX weighs less than two pounds and is capable of rotor speeds of up to 46,000 RPMs. It flew its top speed of 179.6 mph for a very short period, yet its average speed was of 163.5 mph. The DRL is gaining greater popularity and has literally become a World Sports League with championship matches airing on ESPN.
AT&T Bringing Cloud DVR to DirecTV Now
Finally, in semblance of its competitors Sling, and Sony PlayStation Vue, DirecTV is bringing cloud DVR to its 25 million subscribers. AT&T has made major upgrades to its cloud platform and content delivery solutions. The first beta rollouts will take place over the summer. Subscribers will receive participation in the beta by invitation only. Following the beta build, a release candidate (RC) build is packaged and tested for a short period. Now customers can expect the Gold release sometime in the fall.
In addition to cloud DVR, the Gold build will enable additional features, like live TV pausing, parental controls, multiple user profiles, and downloadable content to mobile devices. As expected, the new next-generation cloud platform supports 4K HDR content for those of you with televisions that can handle 4K HDR. However, the 4K HDR video feature won’t be available for Go Live until 2018.
Assuredly, AT&T is a telecommunications giant. Recent acquisitions of DirecTV, FiberTower, and its closing bid of $85 billion to acquire Time Warner attest to its prowess to remain a Goliath.
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About the Author: Jonathan D. Davis is a technology geek, entrepreneur, minister, educator, and dedicated mentor to children. He has over 18 years of experience in the telecommunications and electrical industry. He has traveled extensively, while serving in a wide assortment of IT roles including Research Support Engineer and Subject Matter Expert. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Jonathan caught the technology bug at a very young age. Since then, he has developed a curious knack for identifying the next game changing technology and technological innovation. From the age of four years old, he showed early signs of his gift by his enjoyment of taking any piece of electronic hardware apart to see how they worked and putting each back together. Shortly after, a school field trip sparked his excitement in learning about robotics, electronic gaming, and aerospace. He became inspired by his favorite inventors, Granville T. Woods and Nikola Tesla who are Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, to pursue an education in the same disciplines. He currently serves as an IT Business Consultant with AstroTesla, LLC.