The University of Michigan recently released some advance research about motion sickness rates for car passengers. Press coverage of the study tended to conclude that this will be a barrier to self-driving cars. But does this have to be the case?
Should robots be allowed to make life and death decisions? This will be the topic of heated debate at the United Nations (UN) Palais des Nations in Geneva next week (April 13-17th, 2015). As part of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), experts from all over the world will gather to discuss “questions related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems.” Take our public survey on the topic to voice your opinion.
Last week Bloomberg News asked the question: What's destroying middle-class wages? and suggested three hypotheses: robots, unions and China. This week SingularityHUB launched a series exploring the topic of The Future of Work. It's a subject near and dear to everyone even tangentially involved in the robotics industry.
The first three months of 2015 are doing quite well for robotics-related companies. March fundings and acquisitions to CyPhy Works, Hansen Medical, Clearpath Robotics, DroneDeploy, JR Automation and Lacquey are detailed.
From a technology standpoint the film's underlying premise - that robots seeking to repair themselves have a consciousness - is not as simple as it would seem. While there is no universal test for self-awareness, like a Turing or mirror test, the film seems to suggest that if a robot seeks to self-repair or self-mutilate, it shows it has at least some level of consciousness. But I see this as problematic; self-repair is simply a good algorithm.
The technology that unlocks intelligence from big data – deep learning – is explained in this video by Max Welling, a professor at the University of Amsterdam, and a founder of the Dutch deep learning startup Scyfer.
This week closes with a very positive announcement from European stakeholders on the future of drones. During a two-day conference in Riga, the European aviation community found broad agreement on the main principles to guide the regulatory framework to allow RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) operations throughout Europe from 2016 onwards.