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Elon Musk: Developing artificial intelligence would be as dangerous as ‘summoning a demon’

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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk compared artificial intelligence (AI) to demons during the question-and-answer session of his talk at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department’s 2014 Centennial celebration last week.

“In view of its potential to be possibly the biggest game-changer ever, do you have any plans to enter the field of artificial intelligence?” one audience member asked.

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“I think we need to be very careful about artificial intelligence,” Musk replied. “If I were to guess what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that.”

“There needs to be some sort of regulatory oversight,” he continued, “both at the national and international level, just to make sure we don’t do something very foolish.”

“Because with artificial intelligence, we are summoning a demon. You know all those stories, there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and he’s sure he can control the demon? How’d that work out?”

Musk then noted that HAL 9000, the rogue AI from Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, “would be easy. Artificial intelligence would put it to shame. HAL’s like a puppy dog.”

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Another person then stepped to the microphone and asked a question about a mission to Mars, but Musk was still thinking about the threat posed by artificial intelligence.

“Sorry, could you repeat the question?” he asked. “I was still thinking about the AI thing.”

Watch the entire conversation below via YouTube.

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Mnuchin admits White House has transcript of Ukraine call and ‘they’re going to be kept confidential’

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin confirmed on Sunday that the White House does have a transcript of President Donald Trump's call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

During an interview on NBC's Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked Mnuchin if he had an objection to Congress' request to see a transcript in which Trump allegedly asks Zelensky to open an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

While confirming that a transcript of the call exists, Mnuchin said that House Democrats have no right to see it.

"What I have a problem with is Congress asking for a transcript between world leaders," he told Todd. "I think that those are confidential discussions and that’s a difficult precedent."

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‘Should we talk about Ivanka?’: MSNBC guest calls for Trump family investigation if Biden’s son is scrutinized

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During a panel discussion on Donald Trump's call for an investigation of Joe Biden's son Hunter over his Ukraine dealings, an "AM Joy" guest said if Congress is going to investigate politician's kids why not start with Ivanka Trump and her brothers Don Jr. and Eric.

Speaking with MSNBC host Joy Reid, Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan called out President Donald Trump for his "brazenness" going after the former vice president's son.

"There's so much to say about this story, as for the Ukrainian denials, what are they going to do, come out and say, 'Yes, Donald Trump did pressure our president eight times in a single phone call'? It's absurd." Hasan began.

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Lindsey Graham drives bus over Trump kids to get to Biden: ‘You can’t investigate one family and not the other’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested on Sunday that the children of both President Donald Trump and Joe Biden should be investigated.

While speaking to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, Graham was asked if he is calling for an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son over dealings in the Ukraine. President Donald Trump allegedly also asked Ukraine's president for help with the Bidens.

"Yeah, I want the Department of Justice to appoint somebody to look at the role the Ukraine played if any in the 2016 elections," Graham told Bartiromo. "There are a lot of allegations out there how Ukraine fed information maybe to the Democrats."

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