Stephen Hawking book, NBA season begins, Mega Millions jackpot: 5 things to know Tuesday

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Published 3:58 a.m. ET Oct. 16, 2018 | Updated 6:16 a.m. ET Oct. 16, 2018

Stephen Hawking’s posthumous book warns of AI and ‘superhumans’

In the book “Brief Answers to the Big Questions,” released TuesdayStephen Hawking wrote about the rising advances in artificial intelligence and the importance of placing restrictions on it to control how quickly it grows. The legendary physicist also wrote about researching and understanding the impact AI can have on humanity, as well as advances to manipulating DNA, or what he calls “self-designed evolution.” “Once such superhumans appear, there are going to be significant political problems with the unimproved humans, who won’t be able to compete,” he wrote. Hawking died earlier this year in March.   


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2018 NBA season tips off with two great games

It was 130 days ago the Golden State Warriors won their third NBA title in four years, and their quest for a fourth begins Wednesday. The 2018 NBA season tips off Tuesday with two potential conference final previews, starting with the Philadelphia 76ers against the Boston Celtics (8 p.m. ET, TNT) and finishing with the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Warriors (10:30 p.m. ET, TNT). Other burning questions for this season: What’s next for disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler, who encouraged the home fans to boo him when he takes the court? And how much of an impact will LeBron James have in Los Angeles, both on and off the hardwood?


SportsPulse: Jeff Zillgitt and Trysta Krick put their prediction hats on for some bold takes as the NBA season gets set to begin.

Mega Millions jackpot nears record

A record-smashing Mega Millions prize could be awaiting a lucky winner Tuesday night in the start of a two-day, $1 billion jackpot grab. The Mega Millions jackpot is currently $654 million, just $2 million short of the lottery’s record. Wednesday night brings a Powerball top prize worth at least $345 million. Both totals are expected to rise. If lottery fever has you in its grip, don’t count your winnings just yet: The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 302,575,350 to 1, while Powerball jackpot odds are 292,201,388 to 1. 

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