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Ask Stephen Hawking your questions on artificial intelligence.
Via: CNET
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Stephen Hawking will come to Reddit's r/science next week for his first ever AMA and he has a specific topic in mind.

It may not be entirely an 'Ask Me Anything' as Prof. Hawking wants to field questions dealing with artificial intelligence and the hurdles that we face as a species as technology moves forward in the field.

According to CNET:

Typically, a Reddit AMA is live as people throw questions at the subject, and the person tries to keep up with the barrage by responding as best as possible. But for Hawking's AMA, you'll present the questions ahead of time, and he'll answer them over the following weeks.

Specifically, you can submit your questions starting Monday July 27 at 8am ET through Tuesday, August 4, at reddit.com/r/science, and Hawking will respond over the next few weeks. Hawking, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, uses a computer to communicate. So the delayed format will allow him the time necessary to answer questions."



Hawking joined Elon Musk and other notable industry figures earlier this year in an open letter to promote studying the possible dangers of AI research and how to avoid them.

In his first AMA, Hawking surely wants to continue that conversation.

But of course, someone will ask him about his favorite sandwich.

Ellen Pao writes an op ed for The Washington Post about how The Trolls are Winning.
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Six days after former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao stepped down from her position she took to the pages of The Washington Post to deliver a scathing op ed on the present state of the Internet.

In the long opinion, she openly states that the freedom espoused by the exchange of ideas inherent in the Internet has led to a takeover by those seeking to spread negativity and harassment.

The Internet started as a bastion for free expression. It encouraged broad engagement and a diversity of ideas. Over time, however, that openness has enabled the harassment of people for their views, experiences, appearances or demographic backgrounds. Balancing free expression with privacy and the protection of participants has always been a challenge for open-content platforms on the Internet. But that balancing act is getting harder. The trolls are winning.

The foundations of the Internet were laid on free expression, but the founders just did not understand how effective their creation would be for the coordination and amplification of harassing behavior. Or that the users who were the biggest bullies would be rewarded with attention for their behavior. Or that young people would come to see this bullying as the norm — as something to emulate in an effort to one-up each other.



It's been a rough couple of weeks for the self-proclaimed 'Front Page of the Internet'. Reddit's grumbling began earlier in the year as some provocative subreddits were banned based off of newly established harassment policies.



Pao said the reaction to those decisions brought her face to face with the harassment the policy was meant to combat.

Reddit is the Internet, and it exhibits all the good, the bad and the ugly of the Internet. It has been fighting this harassment in the trenches. In February, we committed to removing revenge pr0n from our site, and others followed our lead. In May, the company banned harassment of individuals from the site. Last month, we took down sections of the site that drew repeat harassers. Then, after making these policy changes to prevent and ban harassment, I, along with several colleagues, was targeted with harassing messages, attempts to post my private information online and death threats. These were attempts to demean, shame and scare us into silence.



Perhaps disappointingly, she didn't go into the politics around her resignation and did not touch on the swirl of recent theories that Pao was merely something of a patsy in the slew of recent changes.

However, she did end on a positive note.

In the battle for the Internet, the power of humanity to overcome hate gives me hope. I'm rooting for the humans over the trolls. I know we can win.



What do you make of all this?

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As a long time user of Reddit to spread his good word Arnold Schwarzenegger likes to give back to that community every once in a while.

He's done things like invite redditors to ride on his tank and give helpful advice to those struggling with their fitness.

So, it was only natural for him to invite a select group of redditors out to come premiere his newest stab at former glory with Terminator Genisys.

Unfortunately, the movie isn't getting the highest reviews. So, take Arnold's promotional words with a grain of future salt.


Though he's usually seen around the fitness subreddit Arnold Schwarzenegger wandered over to r/movies to put the kibosh down on some Terminator Genisys spoilers.

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