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    Elon Musk Warns About AI; Is He Right?

    Space X and Tesla Motors entrepreneur Elon Musk startled attendees at a National Governors Association meeting in Nevada when he warned about the economic disruptions that automation and artificial intelligence will cause. For good measure he also sounded the alarm about the threat AI could pose to human life on Earth. In an interview with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval from a state where Tesla is building a highly automated electric car engine “gigafactory” near Reno, Musk warned that “until people see, like robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react [to AI] because it seems so ethereal.”

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    Tech Giants Eye Positions in Healthcare

    Tech companies have been reluctant to enter the health care market. Some of the reasons are that heavily regulated healthcare is tediously slow in terms of innovation, while tech companies evolve in cycles that take months rather than decades. Except for a relatively few traditional companies, like HP and IBM, most tech companies have shied away from healthcare. Tech giants like Apple, Google and Amazon have not fully embraced ventures into health care tech – yet.

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    Education in Prisons, Efficient, Effective, Money Saving

    In 2013, the incarceration rate for the United States was the highest in the world at 716 per 100,000 of the national population behind bars. That is an incredible waste of resources and human capital. It is compounded by the fact that inmates often receive little to no practical training in job or life skills that could help break the cycle of recidivism.

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Magnetic Energy Powers Bike Lights, Reelight

A new magnetic powered bike light financed by a crowd funding campaign is taking the tech industry by storm. More than 1,300 people have so far pledged funds to Reelight’s Kickstarter web page and the firm is gaining praise for their innovative invention the world over. According to The Verge, ...

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Federal Gift to Solar Industry

The U.S. Energy Department recently awarded $46.2 million to fund solar power research. The research grants are meant to find ways to improve solar energy technologies and also help reduce the cost of this source of solar-generated power to 3 cents per kWh by 2030. There are 48 research projects ...

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Google Goes Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. announced a secret project called “Dandelion” which will provide geothermal heating and cooling systems for home use. According to Business Insider, the “moonshot” division of the multinational has been working on the project for quite some time. Kathy Hannun, Dandelion co-founder and CEO, told CNBC ...

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Elon Musk Builds a Really Big Battery

Tesla is going to make the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery and install it in South Australia. This bold development came about serendipitously via an exchange of Tweets between Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and Mike Cannon-Brookes, the Australian co-CEO of Atlassian. South Australia has been experiencing problems with their power grid ...

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