2017: No consciousness in control: Self-driving car crash, no one hurt

A car in self-driving mode (the one on its side in the photo) was just involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona. Having recently driven 18,000+ miles in 3 months through every lower US state, I am skeptical of self-driving cars. Also, beating my chess computer at the highest setting yesterday morning made me trust self-driving artificial intelligence even less. Human drivers with consciousness have a superior ability to navigate unique situations. I dealt with crazy stuff while driving across America. In one place the lines on a multi-lane road disappeared. The locals knew how many lanes there were, but I had no way to tell. Some traffic lights and signs were strangly oriented, oddly worded, or barely visible. Visibility dropped to a few feet on a freeway once due to massive rain. A rogue gust of wind almost pushed me off the road. There were deer, cattle, other animals and some terrible […] Read More

2017: New Scientific Advancements Could Mean A Merging Of Robots And Humans

By Jess Murray Truth Theory With recent huge advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) technology, the next step is set to be merging both the machines and humans together, according to recent reports. AIs are very quickly beginning to surpass humans with their intelligence, including beating humans at games such as Go and poker, as well as other actions such as driving safely and even treating illnesses. The number of tasks that intelligent machines are becoming better at than humans is constantly increasing as the technology develops. Due to this, predictions have already been made that AI is expected to surpass humankind at an unprecedented rate. Therefore, Elon Musk has come up with an unconventional and highly controversial brain-computer interface, which essentially merges the two together. Speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai earlier this month, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO and founder raised the point of a possible […] Read More

2014: Scientists Develop Robot That Can ”Breed”

By: Nicholas West | – When I wrote an article in January 2014 entitled, “Robots to Breed with Each Other and Humans by 2045,” it was met with some skepticism to say the least. Although some very influential and credible people in robotics and cybernetics were the ones making the claims, there was a bit of leap of definition required when talking about robots literally “breeding” and having “babies.” George Zarkadakis, an artificial intelligence engineer, defined breeding in terms of autonomous robots aiming to produce superior offspring, whether through 3D printing or at the molecular level through their silicon and carbon make-up. Professor Noel Sharkey from England’s Sheffield University pointed to the same concept as the “Wikipedia for Robots” – through a simple software swap, new intelligence could be created, as well as the likelihood of other upgrades like virus protection. Other studies went even further to suggest that […] Read More

2015: Someday, Your Car Might Kill You to Save Others

By Lily Dane Someday, in addition to transporting you all over town without much input from you, your car may decide if you should live or die. We aren’t talking murderous, Stephen King novel-style cars like Christine. We are talking self-driving cars, and concerns that they could be programmed to kill you if necessary. The cars can assess dangerous situations and react accordingly – including sacrificing your life to save others. Self-driving cars (also known as “driverless” or “robotic” cars) are expected to be available to the public in just a few years. Google is already lobbying to make the cars legal to drive on public roads. So far, Nevada, California, Florida, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. have passed legislation allowing testing of the cars and other use on public roads. About two weeks ago, Google released the details of accidents that involved the company’s self-driving cars. Since 2009 – […] Read More

2014: De-Pave Paradise: Driverless Cars Will Kill the Parking Lot

The sharing ecosystem that driverless cars are going to usher in is going to cut down on the number of cars on the road and as a consequence, will kill the modern parking lot. Cities could look completely different with 80 percent fewer cars on the road, you know. The vision (and that number), put forward by Carlos Ratti, director of MIT‘s Sensible City Lab earlier this week, isn’t new: Autonomous cars and buses will supplement public transit by providing “last mile” transport. People will share rides instead of owning cars, cutting down the number of vehicles needed for mobility in congested cities dramatically. “Your car could give you a lift to work in the morning and then, rather than sitting idle in a parking lot, give a lift to someone else in your family—or, for that matter, to anyone else in your neighborhood, social-media community, or city,” Ratti […] Read More