FROM Nick Bostrom
Super Smart Robots: Not Your Enemy, But Not Your Friend It sounds like science fiction, but by 2050, Nick Bostrom says we have a 50/50 chance of creating robots that are more sophisticated than humans. Its a theme that’s already hitting popular culture with films like Transcendence. Once that happens, some say these machines will almost certainly be able to improve their own capacities at an astonishing rate. If this “intelligence explosion” is coming, how do we ensure that our machines don’t turn against us, but rather work as a friend to mankind?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.