Tue, 12 February 2019
02.08.19: Robot Cars & Autodrive Fails (Asimov Would Agree) - the Body-Count Paradox & Responsibility Vacuum, Human Reductionism, Liability Black Holes & Why Johnny Car is Out to Get You + the Knowledge Island
From OCD HQ (Gringo Rich's garage - Location A-2), the Gearhead Consultancy spells out some of the logical, political and humanity-eroding failings of robots driving cars and autodrive anything. It's not just simple concerns like bad electronic eyes and soft logic, either: Who's liable? What happens to skillsets and responsibility? Why let some pearl-clutching toolbox in congress decide you can't hack it?
Asimov's Three Rules of Robotics are valid until they're not. We know why, and you should too. There's lots of things robots and computers can't do that overlap with things they shouldn't do. Aside from the liability of non-responsibility and the meddling of incompetent, ignorant or invasive politicians (thrice redundant), the peril of two-tier laws and robot protectionism (victim status, anyone?), there's simple (or simply unachievable) issues with road lines, gravel or snow and ice, plus odd lighting, sun flares and the mightiest screw of them all: other humans' behaviors.
Robots are coming to get us, unless we get them first - go read "I, Robot" and email us in the morning.