Between driverless cars, autonomous weapons and AI-powered medical diagnostic tools, it seems there will be no shortage of ethically-complex situations involving AI in the future.
Almost two years after crashing twice within five months and being pulled out of service, the Boeing 737 Max’s return to the skies has now been approved.
Driverless vehicles rely heavily on sensors to navigate the world. They’re vulnerable to attack if bad actors trick them into ‘seeing’ things that aren’t there, potentially leading to deadly crashes.
A swarm of honeybees can provide valuable lessons about how a group of many individuals can work together to accomplish a task, even with no one in charge. Roboticists are taking notes.
Modified commercial drones are getting more powerful and can easily be turned into weapons. A researcher argues for ways to prevent their development.
Sending autonomous vehicles to the Southern Ocean can be fraught with anxiety, especially if one of them doesn’t make radio contact when it’s supposed to.
Autonomous mass transit vehicles like ‘trackless trams’ are a better bet than autonomous cars to give us people-friendly cities that capture the value created by infrastructure for the common good.
Drones already help with search and rescue, but teaching machines to identify victims on their own could free up human rescuers to do other crucial work.
The debate on autonomous weapons isn’t paying enough attention to the technology already in use.
Supply-chain experts see reliable data, STEM education and smarter regulation as essential for Australia to succeed in an increasingly automated world under pressure to be environmentally sustainable.
If government and industry overhype autonomous vehicles, the public may expect too much, be disappointed and reject the new technology.
If autonomous vehicles are going to be safer than human drivers, they’ll need to improve their ability to perceive and understand their surroundings – and become the ultimate defensive drivers.
An expert in artificial intelligence believes we’re not ready for the challenges posed by Saudi Arabia granting a robot citizenship. Key questions about robot identity and rights remain unanswered.
If all the elements in the transportation system are going to talk to each other, the people at the companies and government agencies that make those items need to talk to each other too.
Technologists need to understand the society in which they live, and the effect their inventions could have on it.
We are witnessing dramatic advances in the deployment of autonomous systems, but are we designing robots that can be trusted?
It won’t be like an army of robots marching in the streets, but AI hacking is on the horizon.
The unexpected behaviour of even simple bots is only going to get more dramatic as AI scales up.
If robots and AI are our future, we need to embrace the technology and work out how best to collaborate and make it work for everyone