The verdict on Uber’s self-driving car accident that resulted in the death of a pedestrian is in. The result points to a combination of automation complacency, where people drop their guard in the belief technology is all-powerful, and programming missteps and faulty assumptions. The report, by the National Transportation Safety Board, found that the operator who was meant to take over control if the AI got things wrong was likely on her phone. Also, astonishingly, the car had not been told to look out for pedestrians crossing apart from at crossings and the brakes were set to not brake too sharply in case it overreacted on the test run. More here.
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