Pro Gamers Fend off Elon Musk-Backed AI Botsfor Now

September 2, 2018

One way to measure progress in artificial intelligence is to chart victories by algorithms over champions of increasingly challenging games—checkers, chess, and, in 2016, Go. On Wednesday, five bots sought to extend AI’s mastery to esports, in the fantasy battle game Dota 2. They failed, as a team of pro gamers from Brazil called paiN defended humanity’s honor—for now. A crowd of thousands in Vancouver’s hockey arena watched the bots…

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Elon Musk Is Broken, and We Have Broken Him

August 20, 2018

Of all the striking things about the interview with Elon Musk The New York Times published Thursday night—the tears, the lack of regrets over certain tweets, the fact that rapper Azealia Banks may somehow be part of Tesla’s financial future—was Musk’s claim that he’d be ready to abandon his role as Tesla CEO and chairman. “If you have anyone who can do a better job, please let me know. They…

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