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  • Musk, Hawking Warn of Artificial Intelligence Weapons The missive, unveiled by the Future of Life Institute at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Argentina, labels autonomous weapons “the third revolution in warfare,” following gunpowder and nuclear arms. … “Unlike nuclear weapons, they require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials, so they will become ubiquitous and cheap for all significant military powers to mass-produce.” … The experts warn that the deployment of autonomous systems may be possible in years not decades.  (WSJ)
  • Online-payments startup Stripe Inc. said it had raised new funding that values the five-year-old company at $5 billion from investors including Visa Inc. and venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. (WSJ)
  • Amazon has launched its music streaming service in the UK, in an attempt to entice more customers onto its Prime membership scheme (Telegraph)
  • A new prosthetic arm dubbed Iko can be endlessly customized with Lego pieces so that kids can make it whatever they want it to be. (Wired)
  • Facebook’s incredible user growth continues. Sometime this year—possibly this quarter—Facebook will pass 1 billion daily active users. And even sooner, it will pass 1.5 billion monthly active users—if it hasn’t already. (QZ)
  • Google Quietly Distributes New Version of Glass Aimed at Workplaces. Device is being pitched to industries such as health care, manufacturing, energy (WSJ)
  • Why Do We Listen to Music? (link)
  • Twilio Closes $130M Series E Round Led By Fidelity And T. Rowe Price (TechCrunch)