Robotics and AI have “huge potential” to reshape the way people work and live, but the government needs to do more to address the issues raised by such technology, including careful scrutiny of the probable ethical, legal and societal impact. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 18th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37618579 Discussion 1) What might be some probable ethical issues… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Artificial intelligence
Joshua Brown died when his autopilot system did not recognize a tractor-trailer turning in front of his Model S and his car plowed into it. The Ohio man’s family is now being represented by a law firm with expertise in product defect litigation, and it’s conducting an investigation. The federal government is also investigating… Read more »
Diane Greene, senior vice president in charge of cloud and enterprise at Google. The onetime cofounder of VMware, a pioneer in what’s now known as cloud computing, heads Google’s enterprise and cloud businesses, seen by many as its next big business beyond advertising. Appointed last November when Google bought her startup, the senior vice president… Read more »
Description: Connected smart home devices are well on their way to becoming as prevalent as smartphones and tablets. Source: Tech Crunch Date: April 21, 2016 A new study conducted by MARU/VCR&C, and commissioned by Telus, found a significant gap between those that believe that smart home technology will benefit their lives (61 per cent) and those… Read more »
Description: Can a new wave of chatbots from Facebook and Microsoft upend apps as we know them, or is that just wishful thinking? Source: Fast Company Date: April 22, 2016 The rise of conversational “chatbots” begins with a claim you might initially dismiss as preposterous. “Bots are the new apps,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella declared during… Read more »
Description: Less than a day after Microsoft unleashed Tay, its experimental A.I., to social networks including Twitter and Kik, the chatbot’s already become a racist jerk you wouldn’t ever want to be friends with. Source: Mashable Date: March 24, 2016 Designed by Microsoft Research to better understand how 18- to 24-year-olds speak, Tay has definitely developed… Read more »
Description: Recent report suggests the tech giant is preparing to launch an Uber competitor backed by a fleet of self-driving cars Source: Mashable Date: December 17, 2015 Since Google started testing self-driving cars, like the one shown above, the company has logged over 1 million miles on the roads around San Francisco, California and Austin, Texas…. Read more »
Description: Bosch’s new weed-destroying robot could eradicate the need for herbicide use. Source: Digital Trends Date: November 20, 2015 The company Bosch is developing a farming robot the size of a small car that can distinguish crops from weeds. The Bonirob can then can fish out weeds mechanically & obliterate any unwanted plants into the ground with… Read more »
Description: Former Skype co-founders have designed a self-driving robot that can navigate local neighborhoods to deliver parcels. Source: CNN Money Date: November 6, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Which demographics might find this type of robot useful? 2. What other kinds of tasks might a robot like this be useful for?
Description: At the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Yamaha demoed Motobot — a humanoid, motorcycle-riding robot. Source: CNN Money Date: October 30, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. What do you think a machine like this will eventually be used for? 2. What do you think Yamaha’s motives were to create a robot such as this?