Since mid-March, Swiss Post, the Ticino EOC hospital group, and drone manufacturer Matternet have been successfully conducting initial drone flights in Lugano, after the Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA) gave the green light. A spokesperson from Swiss Post explains about how the trial is shaping up.
Filipe Vilas-Boas, who describes himself as a new media artist and interaction designer, has filmed an art project involving a robotic arm writing out lines at a desk, with the sound of children at school in the background. Repeatedly, the robot writes, “I must not hunt humans” as its punishment, indicating an earlier indiscretion.
The threat of human safety engineers falling asleep at the wheel as well as their potentially staggered reaction times has opened up the debate on level 3 automation in driverless cars. Gun Bengtsson, Senior Safety Communication Manager at Volvo explains about automation and what the legal challenges concerning it are.
Artificial intelligence is changing the world and doing it at breakneck speed. The promise is that intelligent machines will be able to do every task better and more cheaply than humans. Rightly or wrongly, one industry after another is falling under its spell, even though few have benefited significantly so far.
On 12th January, MEPs voted for a set of regulations to be drafted to govern the use and creation of robots and artificial intelligence, hot off the back of the UK government setting up a commission to look at the issues surrounding artificial intelligence. Across continents, the law is unclear and differing and is likely to evolve in this area.
Self-driving cars and AI received a boost from the Chancellor Philip Hammond in the budget, with a £270m investment fund for “disruptive technologies that have the potential to transform the UK economy”. The newly-formed Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund will support collaborations between businesses and the UK science base.