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Elon Musk and POTUS Candidate Andrew Yang Discuss A.I.'s Dangers on Twitter

It was a fascinating, and not exactly surprising, meeting of the minds.

In an interaction on Wednesday that can only be described as “a lot of tweet,” 2020 long-shot presidential hopeful Andrew Yang, who has made mitigating the consequences of automation-related job displacement the focal point of his campaign, and Elon Musk exchanged ideas on Twitter about our soon-to-be-reality with A.I. technology.

The first tweet, posted by Yang on Wednesday evening, detailed a recent competition held in China that pitted an A.I. system, BioMind, against radiologists in a brain-tumor-diagnosing race. In both rounds, the A.I. system beat trained human professionals in both speed and accuracy. If you just thought, “Oh, yikes,” then you and Yang are very much on the same page.

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“This could do incredible good but is another example of areas in which new technology is capable of beating humans,” Yang wrote. “We have to evolve quickly.”

Musk, whose company SpaceX was gearing up for a historic rocket launch, responded almost immediately with what he says are the three likeliest outcomes for humans in an A.I.-led future: “Symbiosis, irrelevance (hopefully blissful) or doom.”

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Okay, my dude, none of these options sound particularly great for humans. 

This is hardly the first time Yang has expressed concern about the unintended consequences of increasingly rapid A.I. advancements. Since the earliest throes of his campaign, the upstate New York-native has run on a platform of universal basic income, which his campaign calls the Freedom Dividend. #HumanityFirst has continued to be a rallying cry for Yang as he continues to shore up support from cities facing waves of production job losses.

Meanwhile, Musk, whose SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket, is sent to launch for a second time on April 11, doesn’t seem to be referring to a specific cybernetic interface project. Rather, it’s the idea that a communication platform between A.I. and humans needs to exist, and needs to exist soon.

Though the “doom” statement in particular is, er, a bit ominous, it’s actually a pretty moderate statement for Musk, at least as far as A.I. is concerned. At SXSW 2018, Musk turned heads by saying that being at the cutting edge of A.I. “scares the hell out of me.”

“The rate of improvement is exponential,” he said. “Mark my words: A.I. is far more dangerous than nukes.”

Musk called for greater regulation of A.I. in a 2017 meeting with the National Governors Association; co-signed a letter to the UN urging a ban on killer robots; and helped fund OpenAI, a non-profit organization devoted to investigating how to ensure that A.I. benefits humanity.

It’s a fascinating, if not entirely unsurprising, meeting of the minds. Yang’s surprising rise in opinion polls, as well as his unlikely early qualification for the Democratic National Committee’s debates this summer were credited in no small part to the internet savvy Yang Gang, a coterie of meme-making online supporters. And, of course, we all know Musk loves a good meme. But there’s more to the overlap between the two audiences. Both men made widely viewed appearances on Joe Rogan’s podcast — Musk last September and Yang just a few months ago — and Musk himself has also suggested in the past that he favors UBI.

It would be very surprising if this was the final interaction between the two, assuming Yang’s star continues to rise. 

'The Boys' Season 2 Renewal, Release Date, Cast, and Which Supes Return

'The Boys' will be back for more real soon.

Amazon’s newest streaming release, The Boys, is an enticing entry into the superhero genre currently dominating film and television. Adapted from the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comics series of the same name, The Boys follows a group of regular guys determined to keep superheroes in line when they get out of line. In the world of The Boys, “supes” reign supreme, not only saving the world but enjoying endorsement deal, big movie roles, and a nation of adoring fans all clamoring for a selfie. Over the course of Season 1, The Boys pulls back the curtain to reveal the corruption and sexual misconduct that plagues Vought, a company that controls the superhero industry, all while the Boys race to uncover a mystery that could bring down the supes once and for all.

Here's All We Know About HBO's 'Watchmen' From the Co-Creator of 'Lost' 

Damon Lindelof is continuing the iconic graphic novel story on TV, but when?

Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.” How right Doctor Manhattan was. In 2019, the story of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen will continue in a brand new live-action series on HBO from the co-creator and showrunner of Lost and The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof.

In May 2019, the first official teaser trailer was released, giving eager Watchmen fans a look at the series and all the ways it will stick to Watchmen lore and build on it. Cast members Regina King, Don Johnson, Jeremy Irons, and Jean Smart all get considerable screentime as the trailer gives us a better taste of the plot (more on that below).

'Shang-Chi' Release Date, Cast, and Villain for Marvel's Landmark Movie

So much Shang-Chi news was shared during SDCC 2019.

There wasn’t a wasted moment during Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con 2019 presentation and that includes when Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige turned everyone’s attention to Shang-Chi. During this portion of the Phase Four presentation, Feige revealed the film’s official title would be Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. That wasn’t the only news, though because Feige confirmed actors Tony Leung and Awkwafina would be joining the cast and director Destin Daniel Cretton introduced actor Simu Liu as the man playing Shang-Chi.

'The Eternals' Movie Cast, Characters, Release Date, Trailer, and Plot

Everything we know about what could be Marvel's weirdest movie yet.

With Avengers: Endgame solidly in our rearview mirrors, Marvel’s presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 made it clear the studio is looking ahead to the future. During the presentation on July 20, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige made some big announcements concerning the cast of Eternals in addition to other Phase Four announcements.

'Black Widow' Cast, Release Date, Plot and More on This Avenger's Solo Film

Black Widow is back.

At long last, Marvel Studios is giving fans what they want with a solo film starring Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, also known as the elite spy and Avenger, “Black Widow.”. At Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con 2019, a whole slew of announcements were made about the MCU’s Phase Four which includes Black Widow.