Jul 17, 2017

Elon Musk's mixed message

Rebecca Drobis / National Governors Association

Elon Musk delivered a mixed bag to America's governors on Saturday — telling them both that their cars will all drive themselves within a decade and that they should be worried about artificial intelligence.

Another mixed message: Musk lectured against excessive regulation in general, but added that he wanted more regulation when it comes to artificial intelligence.

Relationship with Trump: I managed to get in a question, asking Musk what it was that led him to engage with, then disengage from, President Trump. "It was worth trying," he said.

"I did my best, and I think in a few cases I did make some progress," he said. But, he added that he just couldn't justify staying on the advisory panel after Trump exited the Paris accord. "The country needs to keep its word. There's just no way I could stay on after that."

Go deeper: Here's a video of the whole thing, which is worth a watch. (Musk starts at about 35 minutes in and I make a cameo with my question on Trump at around 1:31.)

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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