Elon Musk opens virtual gym to train your robots

High-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched an open-source training “gym” for artificial-intelligence programmers.

It’s an interesting move for a man who in 2014 said artificial intelligence, or A.I., will pose a threat to the human race.

“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence,” Musk said about a year and a half ago during an MIT symposium. “If I were to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that … with artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. In all those stories with the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and he’s sure he can control the demon. It doesn’t work out.”

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5 (more) reasons to be a data scientist

“Data scientist” has already been declared this year’s hottest job, and now a new report offers several more reasons to consider it as a career.

For the past three years executive recruiter Burtch Works has been surveying data-science professionals about salaries and other related topics. Burtch Works defines data scientists as professionals who can work with enormous sets of unstructured data and use analytics to get meaning out of them. Published on Thursday, this year’s report is based on interviews with 374 working data scientists, and it paints a pretty compelling picture. Here are five particularly attractive highlights.

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IDG Contributor Network: Tesla Model S P90D in ‘Ludicrous Mode’ is pure technology heaven

Finally!

Just today, I was able to test the ludicrous mode on a Tesla Model S sedan, driving around on the highways and side-streets of Minneapolis. As it happens, I’ve never driven the high-end P90D version of the Model S with all of the extras (total price tag is around $140,000 with all of the add-ons.) I also tested Autopilot for the first time since it was released and then tweaked a bit, driving in fully autonomous mode at highway speeds and adjusting for traffic on its own.

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White House releases study on how to spur smart-gun tech

The White House today released the findings from a study by the Defense, Justice and Homeland Security Departments on ways to spur the development of smart-gun technology, which restricts who can fire a weapon.

Smart-gun technology uses RFID chips or biometrics, such as a fingerprint scanner or grip recognition, to release a locking mechanism on a weapon. The technology was initially developed to prevent police officers’ weapons from being grabbed in a struggle and used against them. The military has also expressed interest in the technology for the same reason.

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Intel is on the verge of exiting the smartphone and tablet markets

Intel could be on the verge of exiting the market for smartphones and standalone tablets, wasting billions of dollars it spent trying to expand in those markets.

The company is immediately canceling Atom chips, code-named Sofia and Broxton, for mobile devices, an Intel spokeswoman confirmed.

These are the first products on the chopping block as part of Intel’s plan to reshape operations after announcing plans this month to cut 12,000 jobs.

The news of the chip cuts was first reported by analyst Patrick Moorhead in an article on Forbes’ website.

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