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Want Responsible Robotics? Start With Responsible Humans

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"Robots exist in an open world where you can't predict everything that's going to happen. The robot has to have some autonomy in order to act and react in a real situation. It needs to make decisions to protect itself, but it also needs to transfer control to humans when appropriate. You don't want a robot to drive off a ledge, for instance -- unless a human needs the robot to drive off the ledge. When those situations happen, you need to have smooth transfer of control from the robot to the appropriate human," Woods said.

Responsible AI and Government: High Time to Open Discussions?


Recently, Gartner released a series of Predicts 2021 research reports, including one that highlights the serious, wide-reaching ethical and social problems it predicts artificial intelligence (AI) to cause in the next several years. The race to digital transformation and abundance of data has coerced companies to invest in artificial intelligence technologies. And with that, the concept of leveraging responsible AI took central stage in discussions between government, enterprises and other tech purists and critics. A quick search trends shows that the words like "Ethical AI", and "Responsible AI" have gained popularity in the past five years. But what is the reason behind it? Currently, presence of bias in training data for artificial intelligence models and lack of transparency (black box) threaten the possibility of using AI for good.

This is why we need to talk about responsible AI


Yet, only a few companies are publicly discussing their ongoing work in this area in a substantive, transparent, and proactive way. Many other companies, however, seem to fear negative consequences (like reputational risk) of sharing their vulnerabilities. Some companies are also waiting for a "finished product," wanting to be able to point to tangible, positive outcomes before they are ready to reveal their work.

Paul "Mr. Responsible Balanced Budgets Guy" Ryan Created a Trillion-Dollar Deficit and Then Quit


For years and years, Rep. Paul Ryan's self-projected "thing" was that he was a geeky budget wonk who was gravely, gravely concerned about the American government's unsustainable fiscal future. Liberal critics, meanwhile, have claimed for almost as long that Ryan's vaunted plans to balance the budget were baloney and that his only actual interest was in passing massive tax cuts for high earners and corporations. Now that he's leaving Congress after having just passed major tax legislation and a budget as Speaker of the House during a period of total Republican control over the federal government, we can finally determine who was right. Did Paul Ryan really care about reducing the deficit once he attained the power to do so, or not? Thanks to stimulus spending, the 2009 budget deficit was the largest in U.S. history in absolute terms at $1.4 trillion; remarkably, the Congressional Budget Office projects that under a certain set of reasonable assumptions, Ryan-McConnell-Trump tax and budget policies--enacted during a time of relative economic prosperity!--will actually create a $1.5 trillion deficit by 2028.