Cars of the Future, AI is scary, and OK Go’s new video

Tech Trends, 11/24/2017

Investing News

“A secretive wealth manager that invests money for some of the most prominent names in Silicon Valley plans to ramp up its private-equity investing, a move that raises the specter of possible conflicts with some of its clients.

Iconiq Capital LLC, whose early clients included Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, plans to pursue more buyouts of mature, medium-size technology companies, according to people familiar with the matter.” -WSJ

Cars of the future

“A BRITISH company has entered the race to develop the world’s first flying car — with a radical amphibious design.” -Express

“One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground.” -Tom Enders, Airbus Group chief executive

Read more about Airbus’s flying car.

Elon Musk is still calling for Government regulation in AI. In the past, he’s stated that AI is a ‘fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation.’ He believes that we only a 5–10% of not preventing killer robots.

The ethics and morality component of self driving cars is tricky:

Self-driving cars programmed to decide who dies in a crash

Tesla’s electric semi-truck are going for $150,000.


Trippy Video of the Day

OK Go is out with a new video! Check it out:

The Throwback Classic We’re Reading:

Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us by Bill Joy, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems

Joy is worried about advancing technology, and he voices these concerns in this article he published in Wired back in 2000. In particular, Joy believes that growing advances in genetic engineering and nanotechnology will bring risks to humanity.

Unlike Elon, Joy is a bit more optimistic in his assessment of our ability to handle the situation. He states:

Each of us has our precious things, and as we care for them we locate the essence of our humanity. In the end, it is because of our great capacity for caring that I remain optimistic we will confront the dangerous issues now before us.

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