One of the major ways in which the development of self-driving cars has been discussed — the levels of automation drawn up by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) — is misleading. A typology originally developed to provide some engineering clarity now benefits technology developers far more than it serves the public interest.
By Alexander Hayes on September 26th, 2017 in Editorial & Opinion, Magazine Articles, Robotics, Societal Impact
Mining has had an impact on many Aboriginal communities in Australia. As we move to a mining sector where dump trucks, underground excavators, loaders, and conveyor systems are transformed into partial or fully autonomous systems, there is little or no human labor required other than to maintain equipment or provide oversight using a range of distant surveillance technologies.
By Doug Hill on August 1st, 2017 in Editorial & Opinion, Ethics, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact
The future as depicted in works of science fiction, especially of the multiplex variety, is almost uniformly dystopian. The bleakness… Read More
The Fleeting Opportunity to Create our Values by Design
By John Havens on August 1st, 2017 in Editorial & Opinion, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact
What are your values? I’m asking you, the reader. As a quick exercise, try to write down ten values you… Read More
When Uber Cars Become Driverless: “They Won’t Need No Driver”
By Katina Michael on June 29th, 2017 in Editorial & Opinion, Magazine Articles, Robotics, Societal Impact
I have long pondered the issue of dehumanization through automation. I think the old adage: “no one is irreplaceable” now… Read More