Robotics: Humans Need Not Apply

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Google’s Autonomous Vehicles May Be Safer and Cheaper

At the RoboBusiness conference in late October, Google presented research indicating that its autonomous cars are safer and more smoothly brake and accelerate than those driven by humans. The safety factor, if proven out, clearly is important. Smoother operations suggest the more subtle benefit of lower fuel consumption.

Strictly speaking, robotics, drones, automated telephone calling and autonomous (driverless) cars are only tangentially related. They all work without human intervention and utilize tools such as machine-to-machine (M2M) sensors, artificial intelligence and advanced imaging.

At a higher level, the key is that they replace something that most folks probably intuitively feel wouldn’t be replaced: intelligence for a conversation, eyes and muscles for driving, a way of getting products from a distribution point to a buyer, and an exoskeleton for locomotion.

And, at an even higher level, they are all a bit creepy.


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