DailyDirt: Welcoming Our Robot Overlords…

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Despite our supposed intelligence, humans don’t actually know how our own brains work. But even in our ignorance, we’re still developing algorithms and machines that might catch on to how we learn and think. Google’s autonomous vehicle project has a pretty good driving record, except that the world is messy, and predicting how human drivers will react isn’t always certain — especially when they drive buses. Our relationship with robots is going to be more and more complex in the next few years. We’ll need to recognize when robots are faulty, and that might get harder and harder to do.

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Anonymous Coward says:

on long island, ny one night i got a call from a lady friend. she and her mother were going somewhere, and her car computer had routed them to an impassable construction zone. i have to assume there was no detour provided or it routed them somewhere they didn’t want to go.

i looked up where they were and where they were headed, and they were miles out of the way. she said they simply followed instructions.

she later told me her younger sister and boyfriend had no idea how to go anywhere without computer instruction. they had no idea how to read a map.

what on earth are we headed for?

Richard (profile) says:


We’ve seen people blindly follow GPS navigation directions that endangered the driver’s safety, so would you expect people to follow a robot unquestioningly in an emergency? Yup. A study at Georgia Tech created a “guide robot” that was purposely made to be unreliable (and human participants in the study were told the robot was broken), but during a faked emergency, humans still followed the robot’s bad directions to evacuate a building — even when they conflicted with clearly-marked exit signs. [url]
A “Data Science Machine” might have better intuition than teams of humans when it comes to big-data analysis. MIT researchers entered their data machine in three data science competitions, and the machine placed ahead of more than half of the human contestants. [url]

My deduction from this is that the MIT scientists are demonstrating the behaviour found by the team from Georgia Tech!

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