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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?