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My top three policy and governance issues in AI/ML

In preparation for a recent meeting of the WEF global AI council, we were asked the question: What do you think are the top three policy and governance issues that face AI/ML currently?...
22 June 2019, by

Joining forces to boost AI adoption in Europe

Europe is gearing up to launch an Artificial Intelligence Public Private Partnership (AI PPP) that brings together AI, data, and robotics. At its core is a drive to lead the world in the development a...
21 June 2019, by

The social animals that are inspiring new behaviours for robot swarms

By Edmund Hunt, University of Bristol From flocks of birds to fish schools in the sea, or towering termite mounds, many social groups in nature exist together to survive and thrive. This cooperativ...
12 May 2019, by

An updated round up of ethical principles of robotics and AI

This blogpost is an updated round up of the various sets of ethical principles of robotics and AI that have been proposed to date, ordered by date of first publication....
12 May 2019, by

Robots guarded Buddha’s relics in a legend of ancient India

By Adrienne Mayor As early as Homer, more than 2,500 years ago, Greek mythology explored the idea of automatons and self-moving devices. By the third century B.C., engineers in Hellenistic Alexandr...
28 April 2019, by

2018 industrial robot sales barely eke out year-over-year gain

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR), at a press conference here last week, announced preliminary 2018 figures for the industrial sector of the robotics industry. Last year set another recor...
21 April 2019, by



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Automate 2019 startup showdown recap

It’s been two years since the last time I judged the Automate Startup Competition. More than any other trade show contest, this event has been an oracle of future success. In following up with t...
21 April 2019, by

AI for society: creating AI that supports equality, transparency, and democracy

By Jessica Montgomery, Senior Policy Adviser The Royal Society’s artificial intelligence (AI) programme explores the frontiers of AI technologies, and their implications for individuals, communit...
27 February 2019, by

What do California disengagement reports tell us?

California has released the disengagement reports the law requires companies to file and it's a lot of data. Also worth noting is Waymo's own blog post on their report where they report their miles ...
19 February 2019, by

The news from CES is there wasn’t much news from CES

My feet are aching, as usual, after 3 days on the CES show floor, and the question people always ask others there is "what have you seen that was interesting?" I won't say I didn't see anything int...
25 January 2019, by

Robocar year in review for 2018

In spite of what most are writing, it was a year of much progress. A number of other summaries of 2018 in robocars have called it a bad year, the year it all went south, even the year the public re...
07 January 2019, by

The metaphysical impact of automation

Earlier this month, I crawled into Dr. Wendy Ju‘s autonomous car simulator to explore the future of human-machine interfaces at CornellTech’s Tata Innovation Center. Dr. Ju recently moved ...
16 December 2018, by

The Montréal Declaration: Why we must develop AI responsibly

Yoshua Bengio, Université de Montréal I have been doing research on intelligence for 30 years. Like most of my colleagues, I did not get involved in the field with the aim of producing technologi...
09 December 2018, by

Waymo soft launches in Phoenix, but…

Waymo announced today they will begin commercial operations in the Phoenix area under the name "Waymo One." Waymo has promised that it would happen this year, and it is a huge milestone, but I can't a...
09 December 2018, by

The end of parking as we know it

A day before snow hindered New York commuters, researchers at the University of Iowa and Princeton identified the growth of urbanization as the leading cause for catastrophic storm damage. Wednesday&#...
02 December 2018, by

Accessing the power of quantum computing, today

Two weeks ago, I participated on a panel at the BCI Summit exploring the impact of quantum computing. As a neophyte to the subject, I marveled at the riddle posed by Grover’s Algorithm. Imagine...
25 November 2018, by

Worried about AI taking over the world? You may be making some rather unscientific assumptions

Eleni Vasilaki, Professor of Computational Neuroscience, University of Sheffield Phonlamai Photo/Shutterstock Should we be afraid of artificial ...
10 November 2018, by

The race for robot clairvoyance

This week a Harvard Business School student challenged me to name a startup capable of producing an intelligent robot – TODAY! At first I did not understand the question, as artificial intellige...
09 November 2018, by

Waymo is first, but is Cruise second, and how can you tell?

A recent Reuters story suggests Cruise is well behind schedule with one insider saying "nothing is on schedule" and various reports of problems not yet handled. This puts doubt into GM's announced ...
03 November 2018, by

Educating the workforce of the future, in the age of accelerations

I have two kids in college and one of my biggest concerns is their knowledge that what they have labored hard to acquire will become obsolete by the time of graduation. Our age is driven by the hypers...
24 October 2018, by

What happens to human driven cars in the robocar world?

I love to talk about the coming robocar world. Over the next few decades, more and more trips will be made in robocars, and more and more people will reduce or give up car ownership to live the robota...
18 October 2018, by

New York: The gateway to industry 4.0

As Hurricane Florence raged across the coastline of Northern Carolina, 600 miles north the 174th Attack Wing Nation Guard base in Syracuse, New York was on full alert. Governor Cuomo just hung up with...
06 October 2018, by

The pedestrian experiment

Followers of this blog will know that I have been working for some years on simulation-based internal models - demonstrating their potential for ethical robots, safer robots and imitati...
10 September 2018, by

Robots and jobs

Will a robot take my job? Media headlines often speculate about robots taking our jobs. We’re told robots will replace swaths of workers from taxi drivers to caregivers. While some believe this wi...
29 August 2018, by

Waymo’s left turns frustrate other drivers

This week's hot story was again from Amir at The Information and there is even more detail in the author's Twitter thread....
29 August 2018, by

Uber might sell its robocar division, Nuro opens first delivery pilot in Scottsdale

The newsletter The Information reports Uber's investors are pushing Uber to sell its self-drive division to some other large player. The division has, of course, been nothing but trouble for Uber, an...
23 August 2018, by

Enrico Krog Iversen’s impact on the robotics industry

Denmark is a country with less than 6 million people but a very successful working robotics cluster that performs as a funder, equalizer and instigator. Denmark is 6th in global robot density (a measu...
23 August 2018, by

Ice-bot cometh: Building self-reliant unmanned systems

Last June, a massive dust storm engulfed Mars and immobilized the most famous robots in the galaxy, Opportunity and Curiosity. This is not the first time that Martian dirt has prevented Opportunity fr...
23 August 2018, by

Recent Waymo announcements are slightly underwhelming

Waymo recently announced two new partnerships for their fleet of robotaxis....
09 August 2018, by

Autonomous robot evolution: from cradle to grave

A few weeks ago we had the kick-off meeting, in York, of our new 4 year EPSRC funded project Autonomous Robot Evolution (ARE): cradle to grave. We - Andy Tyrrell and Jon Timmis (York), Emma Hart ...
31 July 2018, by







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