Musk: We’re Probably Living in a Video Game; the Future With AI

Posted June 2nd, 2016 at 12:09 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

A video game enthusiast experiences the VR virtual reality headset with a skydiving game during the Computex Taipei exhibition at the world trade center in Taipei, Taiwan, May 31, 2016. (AP)

A video game enthusiast experiences a VR virtual reality headset with a skydiving game in Taipei, Taiwan, May 31, 2016. (AP)

Elon Musk: We’re Probably Living in a Video Game

Speaking at California’s Code Conference, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk warned that the lines between the real world and increasingly-sophisticated simulated environments could become so blurred that it will be hard to distinguish reality from simulation. The scenario is not as far-fetched as it seems, given rapid advances in virtual and augmented reality technologies. Also, Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates all had something to say about artificial intelligence (AI) and its implications for the future.

Writer Brian Fung takes on some of the commonly circulated artificial intelligence doom-and-gloom scenarios and attempts to address a few of them. He also acknowledges that the technology raises some unsettling questions, particularly in rapidly-progressing fields that will invariably shape the future.

All About Your ‘Fullz’ and How Hackers Turn Your Personal Data Into Dollars

If your personal information was hacked along with nearly 165 million records compromised in 338 security breaches that the Identity Theft Resource Center recorded in 2015, then you have more reason to worry than you know. According to writer Robert Lemos, criminals are focused on piecing together scraps of stolen personal data into a full profile or ‘fullz’ of the victim that will make identity theft that much easier.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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