Elon Musk: ‘Getting in a car will be just like getting in an elevator’ in 10 years

The race to the first fully self-driving car might be raging on at full speed, but one of its main participants, benevolent Bond villain Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, is already looking well past the finish line into the autonomous future. Musk — who was also on hand to announce Tesla’s expansion into the […]

The race to the first fully self-driving car might be raging on at full speed, but one of its main participants, benevolent Bond villain Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, is already looking well past the finish line into the autonomous future.

Musk — who was also on hand to announce Tesla’s expansion into the United Arab Emirates, the company’s first official entrance to the Middle Eastern market — told a panel at the World Government Summit in Dubai Monday that while self-driving car systems are imminent within the next few years, it might take longer for the tech to fully “disrupt” manual driving. When it does, he believes the world economy needs to be prepared to adjust to a society that no longer needs human drivers as part of the workforce. Business Insider first posted the video of Musk’s remarks.

“My guess is that in probably 10 years it will be very unusual for cars to be built that are not fully autonomous,” he said, before touting the Tesla HW2 hardware package, which could feasibly provide full Level 5 autonomy right now.

What’s holding it back is the automaker’s Enhanced Autopilot software system, which will be incrementally rolled out this year via over-the-air software updates. The software needs to collect more on-road driving data before it’s prepared to be used for true autonomy on a massive scale. The goal is for the system to be prepared for at least one cross-country autonomous ride by the end of this year.

“Getting in a car will be just like getting in an elevator,” Musk said. “You just tell it where you want to go and it takes you there with extreme levels of safety, and that will be normal.”

Even if the self-driving tech is already close at hand, Musk believes it will still take some time to have paradigm-shifting effects.

“The point at which we see full autonomy appear will not be the point at which there is massive societal upheaval,” he said, “because it will take a lot of time to make enough autonomous vehicles to disrupt the economy.” He guessed the full disruption won’t come for another 20 years or so.

When that disruption comes, though, he’s concerned about the potential negative economic impact autonomous cars could have — namely, putting those in industries currently dependent on driving-based jobs out of work. Musk stressed the importance of finding other ways to get displaced drivers working in an autonomous future, because they make up such a large percentage of the global economy.

Throughout the conversation, Musk also hit on some of his other passions and favorite talking points: AI paranoia, cyborgs, super intelligent aliens monitoring Earth as we speak, his secret tunnel and space exploration, repeating his predictions that humans will live on Mars within our lifetimes. After all, he thinks dying on Mars would be a fine way to go out.

 

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Brickies Warning – Machine That Will Kill Your Job, NOT, Because is Slow AF

This brick-laying robot could become Enemy No.1 on construction sites around the country.

Called the semi-automated mason, or SAM, the tradie-replacing machine is the work of US-based company Construction Robotics (who may have some bricks hurled through their window, possibly by a brick-hurling robot, in retaliation for inventing this thing).

Patient, methodical SAM has been in operation for a couple of years but came to the internet’s attention when a gif of him in action was posted to Reddit.

This video was filmed at a construction project in Rolla, Missouri.

Commenters pointed out that while the machine is slower than human, it can also work 24 hours a day without taking breaks or getting sick.

Yeah, but can it slam down a convenience store meat pie and 500ml of chocolate milk at 6am? Didn’t think so.

Paul’s Keating’s Reaction To Trump Is, Surprise, Wonderful

In an interview on ABC’s 7:30 program, Keating was asked about Trump’s coming presidency and immediately launched into a passionate rant about why Australia has a better and more fair society than the US:

“This whole question about sub-ordination to the United States in a sort of broad policy terms, this society of ours is a better society than the United States.

It’s more even, it’s more fair, we’ve had a 50% increase in real incomes in the last 20 years. Median America has had zero, zero.

We have universal health protection, from the cradle to the grave.

We have a retirement income system, with superannuation.

We have high participation rates in schools.

We don’t shoot our children in schools and if they were to be shot we’d take the guns off the people who shot them. The Americans do not do this.

This is a better society than the United States.

Therefore the idea we should get around like Uriah Heep as we are some sort of subordinate outfit that has to get a signal from abroad before we think for ours is a complete denial of everything we have created here.

Keating went on to criticise Malcolm Turnbull’s reaction to Trump, saying the prime minister “(was) almost saying prayers to the alliance”.

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Women VS Men: 14 Differences Between Genders Illustrated By Adme

Similar but different, men and women have been poking fun at each other since they’ve been able to hold a stick. Lucky for us, someone has recently illustrated a sarcastic web comic of these differences, and some of them are positively hilarious!

Now while everyone seems to want to be offended these days, we have to admit that there’s some truth to some of these comics. Which comics do you think are right on the mark? Which ones miss it? I know that my desk is certainly the tidier one in the house!

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(h/t: brightside)

 

Census: Australian Bureau of Statistics says website attacked by overseas hackers

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says it believes a series of hacking attacks which led to the census website being shut down last night were part of a deliberate attempt to sabotage the national survey.

Key points:

  • ABS shut down census website after it was deliberately hacked four times
  • Authorities yet to pinpoint the hackers who sabotaged national survey
  • ABS assures public personal data safe

Thousands of Australians were prevented from taking part in the census on Tuesday night as the ABS website crashed.

This morning the ABS’s David Kalisch said the census website had been attacked by hackers four times and was shut down as a precaution after the fourth attack.

“It was an attack, and we believe from overseas,” he told ABC NewsRadio.

When asked if the hacks were a deliberate attempt to sabotage the census, Mr Kalisch replied: “We believe so”.

“The Australian Signals Directorate are investigating, but they did note that it was very difficult to source the attack.”

Mr Kalisch said the site was taken down just after 7:30pm after the fourth attack as a precaution to “ensure the integrity of the data”.

“The online census form was subject to four denial of service attacks yesterday,” he explained.

“The first three caused minor disruption, but more than 2 million forms were successfully submitted and safely stored.

“The scale of the attack, it was quite clear it was malicious.

“Steps have been taken during the night to remedy these issues and I can certainly reassure Australians that the data they provided is safe.”

Attorney-General George Brandis told the ABC the security measures in place were “more than sufficient to protect individual privacy”.

“The cyber security operations centre has been engaged overnight,” he said.

“It is investigating the matter.”

Race to get website back online

The census website was unavailable again this morning.

The ABS had estimated that two-thirds of Australians would fill out the census online this year for the first time, rather than on paper.

Mr Kalisch said ABS aimed to have the website up and running as soon as possible to allow people to complete their census forms.

“We have steps in place to counter attacks, [but] this one, there was one breach that did actually get through via a third party … and believe that we’ve plugged that gap,” he said.

Earlier on Tuesday evening Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tweeted that he had completed the census and it was “easy to do”.

In the lead-up to census night, the ABS spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on load testing and said its servers could handle 1 million forms per hour.

People officially have until September 23 to complete the census online, and the ABS has said people will not be fined for not completing the forms on census night.

“There will be no fines for completing the census after August 9. There’s still plenty of time to complete the census. Thanks for your patience,” the ABS said in a statement.

Xenophon claims vindication after ‘tinfoil hat’ comment

Earlier this week, crossbench Senator Nick Xenophon announced he would not put his name on the form due to privacy concerns.

Greens senators Scott Ludlam, Janet Rice, Sarah Hanson-Young, Lee Rhiannon and Larissa Waters also said they would not be providing their names.

Senator Xenophon had been accused of “tinfoil hat” politics by Coalition frontbencher Christopher Pyne over his concerns.

He told the ABC this morning that he was not sure “who should be wearing that hat today”.

“Look, there are real concerns,” Senator Xenophon said.

“The census, the ABS, has had five years to get this right.”

The minister responsible for the census, Michael McCormack, said yesterday “a thorough process” would be undertaken to ensure all households are counted as part of the census.

Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh said the Coalition should not “pass the buck” for the census to the ABS.

Dr Leigh told the ABC it was a Government decision to move to online forms for the national survey.

“This is a choice of the Government and we can’t let the Government palm this off to the bureaucrats,” he said.

“There have been cuts to the ABS … Cyber attack is a cost of doing business if you are on the internet.

“Connect a machine up to the internet and normally within 15 minutes someone is knocking on your door, trying to get in. Any online system needs to be built to be resilient to this.”

Dr Leigh said it was up to the Government to decide whether to hold the census again.