• My policy proposal on autonomous vehicles particularly focuses on how to equip citizens with proper knowledge and understanding of self-driving vehicles. The article “Governors Group Seeks Autonomous Vehicle S […]

    • This is a great focus on the human element, which has obviously been greatly neglected in the planning thus far. We need that smart UI/UX thinking to help us plan the right road ahead for future autonomous — drivers? operators? I wonder if there is something to be learned from the training of pilots on simulations.

    • My cousin has a Tesla, and she was explaining that the self-driving feature required a $6k software upgrade, but she was able to try it out for free. She said the car reacted (I think with a beep or alarm or something) if her hands were not in the proper place on the steering wheel.

      We know from experience with regular cars that “driver education” is not that effective (ie, people speed, drive drunk, etc, every day). So can we dispense with the idea that we have to educate people, and instead find a way to ensure that the person in the driver’s seat is paying attention?

    • Sure seems more effective to have simulation training, coupled with real live feedback (like wake up! You haven’t touched the wheel in 5 minutes).

  • Wataru commented on the post, Life is NOT a Journey, on the site Mind The Gap 2 months, 1 week ago

    I found the last quote very convincing. I think the advancement in technology in recent years has allowed many of us to do and enjoy what we love – and even make a living out of it. With the future with robots/AI and a more flexible working style, I wonder how schools should build curriculums for younger generations. By this, I mean; Do schools…[Read more]

  • Wataru commented on the post, Is UBI a Paradox?, on the site Mind The Gap 2 months, 1 week ago

    A pilot project of UBI in Namibia, taken place in 2008, seemed to be successful. The project reduced the crime rate and increased the school enrollment rate of young children. However, I am curious about how governments would obtain financial resources in order to provide the UBI to their citizens, most especially in the current situation wherein…[Read more]

  • For the following weeks, I have decided to focus on self-driving vehicles and moral/ethical issues surrounding them. For this week, I would like to begin with introducing levels of automation in order to […]

    • This is a fascinating topic, and one that will bring people a lot of anxiety! I doubt the average person realizes that these life-and-death decisions are being discussed (and made?) now, nor that self-driving cars will save hundreds of lives in the end.

      I have to say, regarding the topic of assurance insurance, I’m either horrified by it or I don’t fully understand it. Is the implication that you can pay money to boost your chances of survival when a self-driving car has to make a split-second decision? I’m also troubled by the idea that a machine might know that a person is making or could soon make a valuable contribution to society, ie, curing cancer, and therefore assign a higher value to that person’s life.

      In the end, I think if we set norms for self-driving cars that deviate significantly from the current moral judgements we make while driving, people’s anxiety, reluctance and downright opposition to AI will only increase.

    • I’m also wondering about the question of accountability. Who is responsible for bad outcomes: the car manufacturer? the owner? the software company? While I agree with Vince’s point that we should adhere to moral norms when possible, we are dealing with options for accountability here that are new and challenging!

  • I agree with you that human interaction is vital in healthcare service. When it comes to patients privacy and their information, I am not so sure if hospitals or clinics could set a budget to invest in information management, database, and network security. I think, in many cases, hospitals will have contracts with other private corporations which…[Read more]

  • Thank you for sharing the article, Professor. I was particularly interested in Forth law, a balance between technological advancement and necessary policy enactment to cope with negative impacts of technological advancement. How can a government effectively place such policies while the technological development in the Forth Industrial Revolution…[Read more]

  • It is almost inevitable that every new innovation comes along with moral and ethical obstacles. In many cases, applications of new technologies proceed with leaving such issues hanging, often resulting in […]

    • I liked the framework of ELSI, which one of the readings suggested: thinking about the Ethical, Legal, and Social implications of any given technology. I’m wondering the extent to which these are “new” moral questions, or whether even with new technology, the questions are not rooted in the ones that have concerned us for generations past.

    • This is fascinating! It raises the question of: how can we potentially use artificial intelligence to solve the problems artificial intelligence raises? Very meta and thought-provoking. I, too, am skeptical, but I like the idea that we could harness technology to address the dilemmas raised in this week’s readings.

  • Interesting post! I think many of us cannot help thinking pessimistically about our future with automation, as we have just begun witnessing its introduction in our daily life such as major grocery stores with self check-out services. It is even terrifying to acknowledge that the change proceeds at a monumentally rapid pace. I think it will be…[Read more]

  • From this post, I thought it is an important question to ask: WHO will teach emotions to a robot? I believe emotions are undefinable because they are based on personal experience; others cannot really know how you feel about a certain emotion and vice versa. Has anyone read Dan Brown’s The Origin? I would love to discuss the AI called Winston…[Read more]

  • I thought this post had a unique angle when thinking about the future of work because usually, companies are the ones which adjust to changes in working environments. I am interested in where our class discussion will lead us on this matter. Also, I like the concept of a co-working place and wonder how cities can support such a concept.

  • I wonder how “a connection to a community” from this week’s reading More than job satisfaction can also be another source of motivation at work other than autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

  • Your story reminds me of my brother who works from Monday to Saturday, leaves the house by 6:30 AM, and comes home at around 10:00 PM. I think it will be interesting to discuss what causes Fear of Monday. Is it simply because of the working environment? Or, is it because our society demands so much that companies cannot give days off to their…[Read more]

  • Despite public opinions surrounding Artificial Intelligence do not, and will never, reach a consensus, several countries have already begun developing national plans to advance AI technology. In the article, AI is […]

    • When technology outruns policy, should it be forced to slow down? We will have a great discussion on this, particularly around the week on ethics and technology.

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