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Tesla’s Elon Musk will not pull out of presidential advisory forum

  • Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will remain on Trump’s presidential advisory forum, the Silicon Valley bigwig said in a statement on Twitter Thursday night.
  • In December, Musk was named to the forum, which Trump’s transition team put together to serve an economic advisory role.
  • Musk’s announcement comes the same day Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced he would leave the team.
  • In his own statement, Musk said that while he will maintain his place on the board, he would not stay quiet on the matter of the immigration ban (advice for which he crowdsourced via Twitter late last week). Read more

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Elon Musk: There’s a “pretty good chance” we’re going to have universal basic income

Elon Musk has some dark prognostications for the future of technology — that developing artificial intelligence is like summoning an uncontrollable demon, for example. But Musk revealed a surprisingly positive prospective plan in an interview with CNBC on Friday. He believes we’ll need basic income in the future.

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But That's Just Human Nature

Sometimes I’ll be talking to someone and the topic will come around to personal ideals, or where we see technology or humanity in the future, or different political views or something. And I’ll say something about how our infrastructure is moving toward autonomization, or how I want to be one of the first Mars settlers, or how if we used money to further our work, rather than using work to make money (money as a means, not an end), then we could accomplish so much more as individuals and in turn work as a global community to advance society (that’s just how I see it).

The retort to my ideals and values is always “that’s just human nature.” People are greedy, but that’s just human nature. People want power, but that’s just human nature. People will take advantage of other people, but that’s just human nature. People will always believe the politicians or media rather than doing their own research, but that’s just human nature. People will always get angry over stupid things instead of controlling their temper, but that’s just human nature.

To that I say, why can’t we change human nature? Why does it have to be this to be this way? Why do we, as a society, generally accept that this is the way it’s always been done and therefore there is no other way to live? Why must we keep to outdated traditions? Why, when we all joke about money being the ultimate evil, do we not try to change systems that so clearly take advantage of us?

“People wouldn’t work if they didn’t make money.” I would still work. I would still go to school. I would still try to learn and become knowledgeable and advance my life so that I felt fulfilled and happy. I would still try to actively make a difference in the world, still try to inspire and teach others, still try to give the world something I hope is good.

“You might, but most people wouldn’t.” Then the problem isn’t me. The problem is them. The problem is that we willingly perpetuate the disgusting lie that people need to be rewarded with material goods in exchange for their work. That nature does not abide by the laws of our society, that the universe will not wait for us to figure things out.

They say that if the world economy crashed tomorrow, human society would collapse. Anarchy would reign. Where is the sense in that? Why have we let this false notion of material gain determine the stability of our civilization?

There are people out there who work every day to push humanity a little bit farther. People who study diseases and find cures. People who study plants and animals and figure how they live, and how they affect our world, and how we affect theirs. People who build rockets, hoping to send us to Mars so that humanity may realize the dream of becoming immortalized, forever searching the cosmos for other species who may be searching for the same answers as us.

When you say “But that’s just human nature,” what you’re really saying is “People are lazy and violent and greedy.” You give the best of our species no credit for what they have proven to be true: that we are explorers, that we are intelligent, that we are capable of creating great things and inspiring others to do the same. We should be ashamed of the people who refuse to work, be ashamed of the people who use others to their advantage, be ashamed of those who try to hold us back from achieving greater things. We should not ask “Does it benefit me?” but rather, “Does it benefit humanity?”

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m crazy for holding people to high standards and praising the successes of the best of us, of those who work in the interest of our species, of our world. Maybe I should stop trying to inspire people. Maybe I should drop everything I’m doing because I’m not getting paid a lot of money for what I love to do. Maybe I should give up on my goals because they are too grandeur for the reality of the world that others try to make me believe is impossible to change.

But you know what? I’m not going to stop. I’m not going to give up. I’m going to fight this fight every day because I have been what I now hate most and I know that I am human, and I changed. If I could, why can’t I try to change others, too, to encourage unity and education and humble pride in our work, knowing we gave the world a little more good than we ever thought we could bring to it. I want to help foster a world where instead of condemning these ideals, we celebrate them. Where civilization does not hinge on fictional numbers, where resources are used to the benefit of all our species, where genuine knowledge and personal fulfillment are the pinnacles of success, and the entire world celebrates each new step our species takes on its way to discovering this universe.

Because that is human nature.

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SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion, returns stage to earth
SpaceX aims to launch 27 rockets in 2017, more than triple the eight flights the privately held firm managed in 2016, according to a report on Friday in the Wall Street Journal.

A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off from California on Saturday, returning the company to flight for the first time since a fiery launchpad explosion in September.

The launch of the 230-foot (70-meter) rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:54 a.m. PST (1754 GMT) aimed to deliver 10 satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc.

SpaceX’s founder and entrepreneur Elon Musk’s ambitious flight plans had been grounded since the Sept. 1 explosion during fueling ahead of a pre-flight test in Florida.

About 10 minutes after Saturday’s launch, the first stage of the rocket, which had separated from the rest of craft, successfully touched down on a platform in the Pacific Ocean, a feat previously accomplished by four other returning Falcon rockets. SpaceX intends to reuse its rockets to cut costs.

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Should We Fear Artificial Intelligence? The Experts Can’t Seem To Agree

 Could machines that think someday pose an existential threat to humanity? Some big names in science and tech seem to think so–Stephen Hawking, for one–and they’ve issued grave warnings about the looming threat of artificial intelligence.


Find out Bill Gates and Steve Wozniack’s opinion here. 

NASA 2017 Prediction

Space Launch System will get cancelled or slowed down massively. NASA will commit to supporting SpaceX’s Interplanetary Transport System.

Reason for thinking this: Elon Musk has been getting closer to the President. He also advises the Trump administration regarding the economy, manufacturing jobs etc. This growing closeness to the President is almost certainly going to influence support for the ITS. 

New 2017 Prediction:

Trump may not go all in on the climate change science denial. If Musk has his way, Trump will continue giving things like tax credits for renewables and electric cars as Musk owns both Tesla and through Tesla, Solar City.

“The more voices of reason that the President hears, the better” 

- Elon Musk

Elon Musk, if you succeed in these things it will have been your greatest accomplishment. Help Trump see the truth.

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In addition to calling Elon Musk a super villain last night on The Late Show, Colbert also showed a clip of Tesla’s experimental metal snake charger, which automatically finds the charging port on a Model S.

“For the prototype, at least, I would recommend not dropping anything when you’re near it,” Musk said, proving that even billionaire superhero/villains find the idea of butt stuff hilarious. Try to concentrate on the higher things please Musk.