This Week’s Need to Know: AI Will Kill You and Your Vote Is Hacked, Yet MS Paint Lives



Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg traded jabs on the future of artificial intelligence this week. Mark took an optimistic approach, pointing out the strides that society has made because of AI (even though they had to shut down this AI project). Then Elon, who thinks working on AI is akin to “summoning the demon,” dismissed Mark’s views on the subject as “limited.” Then Mark called Elon a poo-poo head. And then Elon called Mark a turd burglar. And then Mark pulled Elon’s hair. And then Elon put Mark’s face in a plate of worms.
Oh, and of course, Russia is building an AI powered missile because, why not?

The internet flew into a shit storm when it was announced that the new Windows 10 OS wouldn’t include the classic MS Paint program, first introduced in 1985 with Windows 1. It was all a bit tongue in cheek since no one actually uses MS Paint. Regardless, Microsoft quickly bowed down to the social chatter and announced that they are offering MS Paint as a free download in the Windows Store. Windows 10 will include a new program called Paint 3D, which looks pretty neato. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the old Windows days, go ahead and run Windows 95 in your browser here (yes, really).

To most Americans, WhatsApp is like the metric system. They know it’s important, yet they generally ignore it. It might be time to start paying more attention since WhatsApp announced that 1 billion people use it every day, sending 55 billion messages a day. Only 20.5m Americans use the app, but that might change if Facebook ever decides to  integrate it into their Messenger ecosystem. Yes, Facebook owns WhatsApp too. They bought it for $19.5b in 2014. WhatsApp’s road map for the near future will focus on monetizing the platform.

15,000 “good guy” hackers and cybersecurity professionals have descended on Las Vegas to talk shop at the Black Hat and Def Con conferences. And while they’re there, maybe get some rounds of keno in. The general vibe was bleak, with most geeks agreeing that security breaches are up, more state-sponsored hacking is occurring, and the government won’t be able to help. It wasn’t all doom and gloom though. Facebook announced that will invest $500k in a bi-partisan nonprofit that aims to help political parties protect their data. And some conference goers have decided to hack into voting machines, just to see if it can be done.