News by Press Association 28/01/2019, 4:35 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Blind spots in the artificial intelligence (AI) of self-driving cars could be corrected using input from humans, new research claims. A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and tech giant Microsoft has developed a model which first puts an AI system through simulation training before putting a human through the same scenario in the real world, with the AI learning any changes in behaviour it needs to make as it observes. The system has so far only been tested in video games, but study author Ramya Ramakrishnan, a graduate student in MIT’s computer science and artificial intelligence lab, said: “The model helps autonomous systems better know what they don’t know. “Many times, when these systems are deployed, their trained simulations don’t match the real-world setting and they could make mistakes, such as … [Read more...] about New software ‘can detect blind spots in self-driving cars’
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Former youth football coach and scout Michael "Kit" Carson has died in a car crash the day before he was due to stand trial accused of sexually abusing boys, Peterborough Crown Court has heard. Carson, 75, was scheduled to face the charges of historical sexual abuse of boys aged under 16 on Tuesday, but died when he drove his Mazda 3 into a tree on the A1303 at Bottisham in Cambridgeshire on Monday morning. Cambridgeshire Police said: "Michael Carson, 75, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Cambridge, was driving his red Mazda 3 at about 9.45am when it left the road and crashed into a tree. "Emergency services attempted to save Mr Carson’s life but he was declared dead at the scene a short time later. No other vehicle or person was involved in the collision. "The victims have been informed and efforts are being made to contact all the witnesses." Carson, 75, had denied 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to … [Read more...] about Youth football coach accused of abusing young boys dies day before trial after driving car into a tree
0 Post a comment Thursday, 1 November 2018 - Transport Manx roads are famous the world over as the home of motor sport but could they welcome the testing of self driving cars? If Ramsey MHK Dr Alex Allinson gets his way, then they might do just that.Dr Allinson took to Twitter this week to re-tweet a story about a company in the UK Addison Lee which plans to have self-driving taxis by 2021.In his tweet, Dr Allinson asked his followers: ’Could this be tried out first on the Isle of Man?’The Manx Independent turned that question around and asked Dr Allinson whether he thought it could.He said: ’I think the island could be an excellent testing ground for autonomous vehicles. ’It would need an all-government approach to encourage hopefully electrically powered vehicles. ’We would need to have the right legislation in place to ensure public safety but in the same way as we used to be at the forefront of telecommunications, we could also be at the leading … [Read more...] about Could self-driving cars be tested on island’s roads?
Motoring by Press Association 25/10/2018, 1:26 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Researchers have revealed who people would save from being killed by an autonomous vehicle – and those they wouldn’t. The web-based moral questionnaire devised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was based on a no-win situation when programming an autonomous car. Should the car swerve away from killing a group of pedestrians only to kill the occupants instead? Should it avoid hitting a mother and baby in favour of a pensioner? Should animals be favoured over criminals? Those were the sort of questions MIT asked with its ethical experiment, dubbed ‘The Moral Machine’. The results from the two million global responses showed not only moral bias, but also whether people considered age, gender, social standing or even fitness level when making their decision. There was a heavy preference towards … [Read more...] about Killer dilemma: Who we’d let a self-driving car hit and who we’d save
People believe driverless cars should spare young people over the elderly, a study has found. Research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, published in the journal Nature, found that respondents were most likely to want an autonomous car heading for an inevitable crash to prioritise humans over pets, larger groups of people, and young people. The university's Moral Machine test involved asking millions of respondents across 233 countries what their ethical preferences were. In the exercise, dubbed a "serious game" by researchers, users were shown unavoidable accident simulations and asked to choose the morally preferable outcome by deciding whether the vehicle should swerve or stay on course. It found that the strongest trends were in favour of sparing "humans over animals, sparing more lives, and sparing young lives". "Accordingly, these three preferences may be considered essential building blocks for machine ethics, or at least essential … [Read more...] about Self-driving cars should save young over elderly, poll finds