Talking Points: Social Security, Tesla, AI

Social Security, Tesla, AI

This year, Social Security’s costs will exceed its income for the first time since 1982, forcing the program to dip into its nearly $3 trillion trust fund to cover benefits. The Wall Street Journal, June 5, 2018

“There are only two American car companies that have never gone bankrupt: Ford and Tesla. And there is only one that has never opened fire on a crowd of civilians: Tesla.” Elon Musk

Artificial Intelligence can detect skin cancer more accurately than experienced dermatologists. When pitted against the skills and experience of 58 dermatologists from 17 different countries, the machine came out on top identifying 95% of the melanomas vs. 87% for the doctors. ScienceDaily.com, May 28, 2018

By the time we reach 66, most of us have seen approximately two million television commercials and the average person can only name 2.2 of those they have seen. Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy

Oak Ridge National Laboratory unveiled the fastest computer in the world. It takes up the size of two tennis courts and can do about 200 quadrillion (that’s 200 followed by 15 zeros) calculations per second. Wired, June 8, 2018

On average, in one corner of the world or another, a new infectious disease has emerged every year for the past 30 years. Researchers estimate that birds and mammals harbor anywhere from 631,000 to 827,000 unknown viruses that could potentially leap into humans. The Atlantic, July/August, 2018

Over the course of three years, outdoor enthusiast, Dylan McWilliams, was bitten by a shark, attacked by a bear, and bitten by a rattlesnake. The odds of that happening are 893 quadrillion to one. National Geographic, April 24, 2018

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