Robotics: Humans Need Not Apply

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No Driver Needed for This Golf Outing

Apparently, the driverless golf cart designed by the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) won’t take over putting responsibilities for the passenger. The design came from the Future Urban Mobility Interdisciplinary Research Group (FM IRG), a subgroup of SMART.  FM IRG’s long-term goal is to create fleets of autonomous “first and last mile” vehicles.

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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