Technology is all around us and we are all fascinated with the concept of things happening automatically. It all comes down to get things done more conveniently and let machines do our job so that we can invest that time somewhere else to work on something more productive. Gradually, we have saved so much time and got used to technology that it has now replaced several of our tasks.
Robot Drivers, Where Are They?
Speaking of machines performing human tasks, a few years ago we dreamt of having self-driven cars (AI autopilot) and we are still waiting for those to hit the roads. What happened with that initiative? Are we still working on that or the execution of the idea didn’t work properly? Or the undefined and sudden road situations played a vital role to implement the idea? We do know that to carry an idea to the execution level, a lot of the secondary factors play a big role because not everything always goes according to our prediction or else that would be an ideal situation, and no one would have to face sudden obstacles.
AI (Artificial Intelligence) is a system which has reached to the limit where it has gone beyond the common man’s expectations and touching new heights every day. It’s continuously proving itself successful by making our lives simpler and gradually the human intervention lesser and lesser. Everything comes with positive weightage as well as negative ones. Artificial Intelligence has the ability to interpret the data, learn from it, and use those learnings to achieves specific pre-decided goals with a few here and there adaptations.
AI can identify a human in a picture, but it doesn’t have a concept of what a human is; beyond that it’s a collection of few images and textures. For an example, a company created an AI autopilot which had been designed for highway riding, but they tried to test the vehicle on city streets as well.
The vehicle had been given command to ride on the highway, so it could only recognize heavy vehicles from behind like it was supposed to, however, while riding on a city street, a heavy vehicle came from diagonal street and the AI couldn’t identify that truck as heavy vehicle. It identified the truck as a road sign and thought it’s safe to drive underneath. That’s worse than putting a kid behind the wheel in our books.
Likewise, a few more incidents took place while testing AI autopilot rides and we identified that no matter how updated the technique is, it would require a human’s assistance at some point.
We cannot control the sudden things happen on roads which may or may not bring something in front of the self-driven cars which it cannot identify as such. To successfully implement the idea of self-driven cars is attractive, however, either we need to create controlled and balanced routes or stop the automation level at a safe stage or we may need a more flexible AI compared to what we have now.
Do We Really Need Robot Chauffeurs?
They say that “Necessity is the mother of invention” but in reality, do we actually need a car which can identify all the objects on the road the same way we humans do, or we are just trying to do an experiment if this can be done? Do we actually need a fully automated car which won’t need any human touch or interruption? Or the big questions itself, are we ready for it yet?
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