OMG!! Elon Musk deletes Facebook pages for Tesla and SpaceX

During a tweetstorm,Elon Musk deletes Facebook pages after being challenged to do so by a few of his followers. The pages of both SpaceX and Tesla are now inactive. Each had around 2.6 million followers.

Musk was answering a flurry of tweets this morning when he responded to one from Signal’s Brian Acton, co-founder of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp, that contained the hashtag #deletefacebook. “What’s Facebook?” Musk queried. Afterward, a follower told Musk he should delete SpaceX’s Facebook page if Musk was “the man.” Musk claimed he didn’t even know it existed and then said he would, probably in an attempt to preserve his “the man” status.

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Things ballooned from there. After someone showed Musk a screengrab of the SpaceX Facebook page, he noted it was the first time he had seen it and that it would “be gone soon.” Then someone prompted him to delete Tesla’s Facebook page, with Musk responding that it “looks lame anyway.” And just for good measure, it seems that the Facebook page for Tesla-owned Solar City has disappeared as well.

Facebook’s ongoing scandal related to data firm Cambridge Analytica has prompted a public backlash against the company, including the rise of the hashtag #DeleteFacebookand an outpouring of takes about how, why, and whether you should or shouldn’t stop using the cultural juggernaut that is Facebook.

Elon Musk proposes city-to-city rocket travel, right here on Earth

Musk evidently sees Facebook differently than many of us, however; he followed up his response to The Verge with a tweet to WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, as Acton encouraged people to take the plunge and say goodbye to Facebook; Musk responded with “What’s Facebook?”

 

When challenged to delete his own company’s Facebook page in response, Musk kept up the flippancy by insisting he didn’t even know SpaceX had a company Facebook page.

Musk, true to his word, reportedly had the SpaceX Facebook page taken offline barely half an hour later. After followers alerted him to the Facebook page for Tesla, that, too, soon bit the dust.

Despite the anti-Facebook stance Musk is taking, SpaceX and Tesla are still alive on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. Perhaps Musk will shun that platform, too — if he is the man.

SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is now selling a flamethrower for $499

The whimsically named construction company—The Boring Company—by Elon Musk is ready with its latest offer, a flamethrower, not an ordinary one, but the “world’s safest flamethrower”.

The flamethrower which looks like a massive black and white gun is priced at USD 500 or Rs 31,800 and pre-order has started. The price does not include the delivery or handling charges for international customers.

He used Twitter to market the product and announced that over 7,000 units of the device have already been ordered within a day of the announcement. A total of only 20,000 devices will be manufactured.

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The product information page also says that fire extinguisher is sold separately for exorbitant amounts of money (which is USD 30).

“Buy an overpriced Boring Company fire extinguisher! You can definitely buy one for less elsewhere, but this one comes with a cool sticker and the button is conveniently right above,” says the product website.

The flamethrower which projects itself as “guaranteed to liven up any party” also promises a full refund to its international customers if not happy with said fees. The shipping for the product will start in the spring.

The Boring Company hat of which 50,000 units were sold, 30,000 have already been shipped. The next 20,000 will be shipped by Feb 23, as per the information on the website.

Elon Musk: Tesla is working on custom AI chips

Designing specialized Ai Chips is becoming common for serious tech companies, and Tesla Ai Chips, it seems, is no exception. According to reports from both The Register and CNBC, CEO Elon Musk was talking up the company’s custom AI chips at machine learning conference NIPS last night, telling attendees that Tesla is “developing specialized AI hardware that we think will be the best in the world.”

“I wanted to make it clear that Tesla is serious about AI, both on the software and hardware fronts,” said Musk, according to The Register. “We are developing custom AI hardware chips”.

We’d heard rumors about Tesla building its own AI chips before, with a CNBC report in September claiming that the company had more than 50 people working on the project. These include respected industry veteran Jim Keller, who previously worked at AMD and Apple, and who joined Tesla in January 2016 as vice president of Autopilot Hardware Engineering. Keller’s hiring was as good a indication as any of Tesla’s intent, but we’ve reached out to the company to try and confirm Musk’s comments, and will update this story if and when we hear back.

Specialized chips could help give Tesla an edge in the self-driving race. Currently, the company uses Nvidia’s graphics cards to power its self-driving functionality, but custom hardware could improve performance — allowing for faster calculations and therefore, theoretically, greater safety on the road.

As companies race to take advantage of recent advances in artificial intelligence, more and more are turning to custom chips to reduce processing bottlenecks. Apple and Huawei have put them in their smartphones; Google has made its own to power its cloud AI services; and custom vision chips are turning up in both drones and consumer cameras.

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In Tesla’s case, AI chips might allow the company to achieve its goal of full autonomy that little bit faster. At the same NIPS talk yesterday, Musk repeated his ambitious timeline of two years to get to Level 5 self-driving (the point at which humans can go to sleep in the back seat). He also predicted, according to tweets by AI researcher Stephen Merity, that AI might become exponentially smarter than humans in ju.st five to ten years

Elon Musk proposes city-to-city rocket travel, right here on Earth

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled revised plans to travel to the Moon and Mars at a space industry conference today, but he ended his talk with a pretty incredible promise: using that same interplanetary rocket travel system for long distance travel on Earth. Musk showed a demonstration of the idea on stage, claiming that it will allow passengers to take “most long distance trips” in just 30 minutes, and go “anywhere on Earth in under an hour” for around the same price of an economy airline ticket.

Musk proposed using SpaceX’s forthcoming mega-rocket (codenamed “Big Fucking Rocket” or BFR for short) to lift a massive spaceship into orbit around the Earth. The ship would then settle down on floating landing pads near major cities. Both the new rocket and spaceship are currently theoretical, though Musk did say that he hopes to begin construction on the rocket in the next six to nine months.

In SpaceX’s video that illustrates the idea, passengers take a large boat from a dock in New York City to a floating launchpad out in the water. There, they board the same rocket that Musk wants to use to send humans to Mars by 2024. But instead of heading off to another planet once they leave the Earth’s atmosphere, the ship separates and breaks off towards another city — Shanghai.

Just 39 minutes and some 7,000 miles later, the ship re-enters the atmosphere and touches down on another floating pad, much like the way SpaceX lands its Falcon 9 rockets at sea. Other routes proposed in the video include Hong Kong to Singapore in 22 minutes, London to Dubai or New York in 29 minutes, and Los Angeles to Toronto in 24 minutes.

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This proposed method of Earth city to Earth city travel would be, by far, the fastest ever created by humanity. The ship would reach a speed of about 18,000 miles per hour at its peak, Musk said, which is more than an order of magnitude faster than the Concorde.

Musk presented the idea at the very end of his speech, so he was light on details when it comes to the other logistics surrounding this proposal. Using the numbers he showed earlier in the talk when describing the ship’s capacity with regards to the Moon and Mars, we can estimate it could carry somewhere between 80 and 200 people per trip. But we don’t know other basics like how much of the air travel market Musk sees this occupying, how it would be regulated, or even when SpaceX might attempt such a feat.

We also don’t know what the passenger experience would be like, and that’s an important factor in an idea like this. The thought of blasting off on a rocket to space is exciting, as is the potential for adding moments of weightlessness to your trip to London or wherever. But will people actually be willing to put their bodies through these kinds of extreme stresses for the sake of shaving a few hours off their trip?

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And then there’s the landing. Despite occasional hiccups, airplanes land with overwhelming success. To its credit, SpaceX has gotten really good at landing its Falcon 9 rockets both on land and at sea, and Musk even began his speech by touting how 16 of them have landed successfully in a row. But the difference between landing a 14-story rocket booster with no passengers and a large ship full of them is one Musk will hopefully expound upon, either during another presentation or the next time he opens Twitter.

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Elon Musk predicts AI may trigger World War III

Founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk predicted a Third World War due to an increase in “competition for artificial intelligence (AI) superiority”, the media reported.

“North Korea should be low on our list of concerns for civilisational existential risk… Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of a Third World War (in my opinion),” Musk said in a series of tweets on Monday.

The billionaire’s prediction was in response to a comment from Russian President Vladimir Putin who said: “Artificial intelligence is the future not only of Russia but of all of mankind.”

“Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.”

At the moment, the US, China and India are the three countries leading the AI race, reports CNN.

But Musk believes others will try to catch up by any means possible.

“Governments don’t need to follow normal laws… They will obtain AI developed by companies at gunpoint, if necessary,” he tweeted.

Musk speculated that an AI system could choose to start a war “if it decides that a pre-emptive strike is most probable path to victory”.

The CEO has repeatedly issued warnings about the perils of AI, calling for new regulation to keep the public safe.

In response, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg termed Musk’s prediction “pretty irresponsible”, reports CNN.

Musk responded by calling Zuckerberg’s understanding of the issue “limited”.

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