Update, May 30: Today’s launch was successful, with the Falcon 9 lifting off at 3:22 PM EDT, delivering the Crew Dragon capsule into orbit. America’s back, baby!. For the first time in nearly a decade an American spacecraft will carry NASA astronauts into orbit, with the scheduled launch of SpaceX’s
Automotive and spaceflight entrepreneur Elon Musk issued a series of tweets on September 4th that downplayed the threat posed by the nuclear ambitions of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying that the race to develop more powerful artificial intelligence is more likely to trigger World War III instead.
Renowned entrepreneur Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX is no stranger to experiencing failures with its experimental Falcon-series of reusable launch vehicles, having previously lost one vehicle to an explosion during launch in 2015. But the cause of the catastrophic explosion of a Falcon 9 vehicle during a routine fueling operation on September 1 has investigators stumped, with Musk admitting that the investigation is "turning out to be the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years." Musk has also stated that they are leaving no stone unturned in this investigation — including possible sabotage by external entities.
In recent years, numerous scientists and experts in the field of artificial intelligence have warned about the likelihood of AI surpassing human intelligence, and how that development may impact our society. Entrepreneur and technological boundary-pusher Elon Musk has also voiced the same concerns, musing that if AI becomes intelligent enough, it may come to think of humans as nothing more than quaint pets. He wasn’t thrilled at such a prospect, so he came up with an idea, to preemptively incorporate AI into our own brains, to allow us to mentally compete on a level that AI might one day reach.