5 Things to Know Today: March 28, 2017
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
Here are 5 things you need to know today.
1. Verge Magazine: Elon Musk is trying to merge the human brain with artificial intelligence.
The new venture, called Neuralink, is exploring brain implants that would facilitate things like controlling smart devices using only your mind. Elon Musk has famously warned of an “AI apocalypse,” and of the importance of getting ahead of AI before the robots go rogue. Technology like what Neuralink will invest in could help even the AI playing field.
2. Associated Press: Today, President Trump is expected to start rolling back U.S. climate change projects.
The president is expected to sign an executive order targeting more than six Obama-era rules, policies, and projects meant to encourage cleaner energy production, such as regulations around power plant emissions and creation of new coal mines on federal land. This order won’t necessarily pull the U.S. from the Paris Climate Deal that was signed in 2015, but it will make hitting those goals significantly more difficult.
3. High Times: Weed will be fully legal in Canada by next summer.
Next month, the Canadian government will announce legislation to legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018. The federal government will be in charge of making sure the country’s weed supply is safe. While producers will need to go throughthe capital, Ottawa, to get licensed, each province will be able to set prices and decide how it will be distributed and sold. The federal government set the legal age minimum at 18, but provinces can choose to set a higher age limit. Despite full legalization, the ruling Liberal government also said it will still strictly regulate cannabis in order to keep it “out of the hands of children, and profits out of the hands of criminals.”
4. Inhabitat: 6 ways to get the benefits of solar without panels
If you can’t install solar panels on your home, but want to help lessen your household’s carbon footprint, you still can. Plant deciduous trees on the north side of your house to provide shade during summer but allow for sun during winter (when the leaves have dropped). To help reduce electricity, install skylights on your roof and install large windows on the south side of your home to let more light in.
5. The Motley Fool: Top 5 tax deductions you might be missing out on.
If your out-of-pocket medical expenses for the year exceed 10 percent of your adjusted gross income, you can write off the overage. If you’re self-employed and had to purchase your own health insurance, you can deduct your premiums. Moving expenses due to moving for a job and job search costs are also tax deductible.