Essential rules for Autonomous Robots to Drive a conventional Car

Robot driving a car

One approach to achieving a self-driving or driverless car would be to make a robot that could drive a conventional human-driven car in place of the human. Thus, rather than building the driving capabilities directly into a car, the robot would be able to get into a normal car and drive. This kind of exploratory activity is taking place in some research labs, but generally is a long way afield of being practical. 

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Autonomous Cars and Minecraft have this in common  

Minercraft

Minecraft seems to be everywhere. Now over a decade old, the video game has reportedly attained more than 126 million monthly active players and has sold well beyond 200 million copies of the gaming software. Besides the game itself, there is plenty of merchandise to be had and lots of spin-offs […]

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Tesla Working on Full Self-Driving Mode, Extending AI Lead 

Tesla Model car

Tesla’s goal to release its level 5 Full Self Driving (FSD) mode autopilot capability in 2021 was deemed unrealistic by the CEO of competitor Waymo in a recent interview.  Tesla is the only autonomous vehicle manufacturer using real-time cameras, rather than pre-mapped Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) to guide vehicle movement. Tesla also…

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Asimov’s three Laws of Robotics and AI Autonomous Cars 

Robot driver

Perhaps one of the most well-known facets about robots is the legendary set of three rules proffered by writer Isaac Asimov. His science fiction tale entitled The Three Laws was published in 1942 and has seemingly been unstoppable in terms of ongoing interest and embrace.   

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Misclassifying a Snowman as a Pedestrian is troublesome for AI Autonomous Cars 

Child sculps a snowman

We misclassify a lot of things, all the time, daily, and at any moment. You are waiting in a restaurant for a friend to come and have lunch with you. Your eyes are scanning the people that are entering the busy eatery. Assume that it is a cold day and raining or snowing, which means that most of those coming into the restaurant are wearing heavy clothes and generally covered up. It would be quite easy to spot someone that appeared to be your friend, based perhaps on their height and overall shape, yet once they removed their coat and hat, presumably by now seeing clearly the face of the person, you would realize it is not the person you were waiting for.

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AI autonomous Cars might showcase the wisdom of the Einstein Clock Paradox 

Einstein Paradox Clock

Are you familiar with the famous twin’s paradox that was proffered by Einstein? It’s quite a hoot. The topic focuses on the foundational nature of time and clocks. Einstein brought up the topic while conceiving the theories of relativity, though historians point out that the thought experiment can be traced to a 1911 paper from scientist Paul Langevin. In any case, let’s jump into the details and put aside the historical origins.

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Apple’s self-driving car strategy may be stuck in neutral

KIA Motors factory

After weeks of confusion and contradictory news, it has almost become confirmed that Hyundai-Kia will start manufacturing Apple’s mysterious self-driving electric vehicle at one of its factories in 2024. Or later. Or not at all.
As is with nearly all news coming from Apple, the report is shrouded in secrecy, unconfirmed facts, and lots of quotes from anonymous sources. But this latest news does have some key points that, if true, paint a clearer picture about Apple’s self-driving plans — and leave many more questions unanswered about the future of the company.

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Making sense of AI Autonomous Cars going in Reverse and Reversible Computing 

Gear shift

Right now, we assume that time can only flow in one direction, namely forward. Mankind has dreamt forever that it would be nifty if time could be reversed. There are a plethora of science fiction tales including books, short stories, movies, TV shows, poetry, and you name it that have sought to explore what could happen and what might be done if time could flow in reverse.

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AI Autonomous cars as Drug Mules for Narco Dealers is a bad prescription

Drugs sign

The number of ways to transport illegal drugs seems to be nearly endless. We all have heard about the use of airplanes to smuggle in illicit drugs. There are also tales aplenty about motorboats and sailboats loaded with banned narcotics that try to reach land.

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Red Kill Switch for AI Autonomous Systems may not be a life saver

Kill Switch

We all seem to know what a red stop button or kill switch does. Whenever you believe that a contraption is going haywire, you merely reach for the red stop button or kill switch and shut the erratic gadgetry down. This urgent knockout can be implemented via a bright red button that is pushed, or by using an actual pull-here switch, or a shutdown knob, a shutoff lever, etc.

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Oxbotica raises $47 million to bring autonomy to vehicles in challenging environments

Oxbotica, a U.K.-based developer of autonomous vehicle software, today announced it has raised $47 million in a series B round led by BP Ventures. The startup says the funding will be used to accelerate commercial deployment of its software platform across key industries and markets.

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Nuro becomes first company to receive commercial autonomous vehicle permit from California DMV

Hours after announcing that it acquired self-driving truck startup Ike, Nuro revealed it’s the first company to receive permission from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to charge a fee and receive compensation for its driverless delivery service.

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The inevitable symbiosis of Cybersecurity and AI

While improvements in AI and Deep Learning move forward at an ever increasingly rapid rate, people have started to ask questions. Questions about jobs being made obsolete, questions about the inherent biases programmed into the neural networks, questions about whether or not AI will eventually consider humans as dead-weight and unnecessary to achieve the goals they’ve been tasked programmed with.

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The fast-tracking approach to AI Ethics is unwise for AI Autonomous Systems 

The existing and ongoing pell-mell rush to get AI systems out-the-door is worrisome. There is a potential price to be paid for the flimsy assumption that soonest AI is the best kind of AI. For example, some have put together contact tracing apps that have AI capabilities to bolster the intended functionality of slowing or preventing the spread of the infectious virus, but insufferably those same apps oftentimes are privacy intrusion nightmares.

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Autonomous driving — Becoming a reality soon with Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Machine learning technology is already weaving into many of the applications we human already use by reducing human efforts to solve critical problems in day-to-day life. However the pace at which AI is reforming the mobility industry space, it is pretty clear that driverless vehicles will be soon taking control of how humans and goods move around.

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