Even though technology has developed so much in the last decades, driverless cars are not possible, MIT professor states in a recent interview.The indicators for the problem with robots are represented by unsafe and extreme environments and there have been many unfortunated examples in the past.
David Mindell is an MIT professor in Aeronautics and Astronautics Department and also the author of ‘‘Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy’’. He affirms that we have no proves that complete automation will bring many advantages and will improve people’s lives.
We all need technology in our lives to help us facilitate our daily activities, and the automation idea is very attractive.
Google declares that all the accidents were caused by humans, and that this has nothing to do with their technological security for the new self-driving cars.
Mindell said that it was believed once that fully automated submersibles would be the perfect tool for underwater exploration expeditions, but it turned out that wasn’t possible without the human’s guidance. His statements are based on many historical evidences.
He insists on the idea that: ‘‘there are a lot of highly technical systems, but those systems are all imperfect, and the people are the glue that hold the system together’’, affirming that people are not comfortable with this: replacing people with robots.
In the beginning, moon mission were planned as completly automated but this wasn’t possible because humans play an incredible role in many technical operations and we are not quite ready to automatise everything. History gives us proves for that: on a scale from 1 to 10, the Apollo’s digital computer for spacecrafts was not so close to ’’perfection’’: its level of automation was 5, pretty bad for what they have initially planned.
In 2012, Sergey Brin, the Google founder, announced that complete automated car will be accessible for the general public in 2017. Google’s robotic vehicle has won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.
Google cars that drive themselves were involved in “11 minor accidents” in the past six years, according to Chris Urmson program director. Urmson says that none of the 11 accident was caused by Google’s autonomous cars.
Chris Urmson said that human errors represent the main cause of road accidents (in 94% of cases, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). He highlights the safeguards present in the Google autonomous cars, such as sensors that detect other cars and pedestrians at a maximum distance as the length of two football fields put together.
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