Robots in the work place can perform hazardous or even 'impossible' tasks; e.g., toxic waste clean-up, desert and space exploration, and more. AI researchers are also interested in the intelligent processing involved in moving about and manipulating objects in the real world.
Two of Local Motors' competitors -- EasyMile and Navya -- import their vehicles from France and are able to get exemptions for R&D purposes. Local Motors is petitioning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, complaining that "smaller, innovative American vehicle manufacturers" like themselves are at a disadvantage, hindering competitiveness and endangering American leadership in autonomy and new technology development. "American companies creating American jobs building American cars have a higher bar to get vehicles on the road for purposes of research and testing than foreign companies importing vehicles," David Woessner, head of regulatory affairs for Local Motors, tells Axios. "The technology is moving faster than the regulatory environment can keep up with," adds Randell Iwasaki, executive director of Contra Costa Transportation Authority, which is trying to deploy both U.S. and foreign-made shuttles on public roads. Two of Local Motors' competitors -- EasyMile and Navya -- import their vehicles from France and are able to get exemptions for R&D purposes.
Verizon is working with Mcity at the University of Michigan to advance transportation safety and shape the future of autonomous vehicles and smart cities using 5G. The Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband network is now live at the Mcity Test Facility where we are testing various 5G solutions designed to boost pedestrian safety and avoid car accidents. This includes installing 5G-connected cameras at every intersection inside the Mcity test track to help identify traffic and pedestrian patterns to prevent collisions. While connected cars have sensors that can "talk" to each other to help avoid accidents, cameras connecting to traffic light signals can help protect people walking or biking. "We've installed signal controllers at the intersections within Mcity that provide signal phase and timing data to the 5G network," said Eric Raamot, chief technology officer at Econolite.
A new generation of autonomous weapons or "killer robots" could accidentally start a war or cause mass atrocities, a former top Google software engineer has warned. Laura Nolan, who resigned from Google last year in protest at being sent to work on a project to dramatically enhance US military drone technology, has called for all AI killing machines not operated by humans to be banned. Nolan said killer robots not guided by human remote control should be outlawed by the same type of international treaty that bans chemical weapons. Unlike drones, which are controlled by military teams often thousands of miles away from where the flying weapon is being deployed, Nolan said killer robots have the potential to do "calamitous things that they were not originally programmed for". There is no suggestion that Google is involved in the development of autonomous weapons systems.
Robots are growing and impacting the way society, economy and the world are organized. Areas with the lowest income, usually rural regions, are more vulnerable to the progress of automation. The permanent loss of jobs will be softened by new jobs that'll be created and demand new skills from people. Automation is likely to increase economic growth and boost productivity but it'll also increase inequality among the globe and drastically change it. When should we start preparing for these changes?
We are forever being told that artificial intelligence (AI) is coming to take our jobs. Is your financial advisor one of those who is going to be forced into early retirement? Or, to put it another way, would you trust your finances to be managed by a robot? Our money is already being managed by machines in the form of algorithms -- straightforward computer procedures which follow a programmed set of rules. They are part of everyday life, whether it's Amazon trying to give you product recommendations or Facebook identifying which of your friends you find least tedious.
"Trying to fill these education gaps and cultivate the best outcomes for companies and employees requires clarity about who should initiate and pay for training opportunities. This will require HR leaders to be increasingly focused on identifying training and learning opportunities that address organisational needs in a cost-effective way and help employees feel prepared for future changes. Leaders also must focus on creating the right kind of culture to enable employees adapt to change and embrace new technologies. Creating and sustaining a culture of agility and investing in training and development are key areas companies need to focus on, it's a win-win for all," said Khoury.
Jeffrey Epstein's tangled web leads down some surprising paths, including, he claimed, to Sophia the robot. The female robot styled after Audrey Hepburn made headlines in recent years for her eerily lifelike skin and appearance, complete with a diverse set of facial expressions, and the artificial intelligence she uses to spout off quotes like "OK. She also got in a Twitter fight with Chrissy Teigen. In a new essay detailing a journalist's friendship with Jeffrey Epstein over the past three decades, Edward Jay Epstein (the two are not related) says the wealthy financier told him in April 2013 that he was funding a Hong Kong group to build "the world's smartest robot," named Sophia. Sophia was built by Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong company created and led by David Hanson. In a statement shared with Business Insider, Hanson denied that Epstein ever directly contributed funding to either Sophia or Hanson Robotics. "With all of our software efforts, both inside Hanson Robotics, and via collaboration with universities and other institutions, we seek to further our mission to empower socially intelligent AI and robots that enrich the quality of human lives.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here today; it's not just the future of technology. It is also not just found in toy robots or Hollywood sci-fi movies. It's embedded in the fabric of your everyday life. Despite AI's promise, certain thinkers are deeply concerned about a time when machines might become fully sentient, rational agents--beings with emotions, consciousness, and self-awareness. "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," Stephen Hawking told the BBC in 2014.