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Are EVs Essentially Robots on Wheels?

Our cars are about to gain the ability to drive themselves, but what does that mean for us as drivers and passengers? Should we be concerned with the physical limitations of a car’s occupants or should we just stick our heads in our phones and let the AI take over?

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Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular with each passing day. Around the world car manufacturers are doubling down that the leading edge of the age of electric transportation is finally upon us. 

But, are EVs really just robots on wheels? And, are consumers ready to accept our physical limitations to fully hand over driving–and by extension so many other tasks–to robots?

Is Self-driving Technology Ready?

There’s an important question that must be answered about this technology. Are we ready to trust it yet? We’ve seen too many high-profile cases of self-driving cars getting into accidents, even if it wasn’t their fault. 

To reach mass adoption, and thus larger investment and more rapid advancement of this technology, it needs to be better out of the gate.

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Public Acceptance is Half the Battle

Interestingly enough, we’ve all seen high-profile, self-driving car scenarios on YouTube where drivers were doing everything but paying attention to the road. Some were found in the back seat, others watching videos or having sex, still others were asleep as their virtual driver sped along. 

None of these point to people not trusting the AI robot driver taking over the wheel. If anything, it shows too much trust at this stage. But with 1.35 million people being killed in car accidents annually around the world, the argument that humans—not robots—are better behind the wheel is getting harder to justify.

Uncanny Valley Skews Perception & Fear

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There’s a concept in robotics called the “uncanny valley.” It posits that as robots become more and more human-like in their appearance, people will have an increasingly negative reaction to them. The theory goes that we are hardwired for this reaction because it was beneficial for survival. If you couldn’t tell if something was friend or foe, your body automatically prepared for it to be harmful. 

There’s a reason people reacted favorably to Honda Motor Company’s ASIMO humanoid robot. It was short, a bit cuddly and, by painstaking design, had a non-threatening face. It became the most recognizable robot in the world for more than two decades.

Then there’s Boston Dynamics’ famous four-legged robot Spot. The thing is downright creepy, especially when you see it open doors, walk up stairs or even run across a field. It’s too animal-like for comfort and our mind reacts accordingly.

At What Point do Cars Become Robots?

Today’s cars are not necessarily threatening, at least to the driver. To a pedestrian in front of one speeding along, however, it’s another story.

This can apply to self-driving cars. We are used to seeing cars as inanimate tools. But, when they become animate and start making choices for us that we probably wouldn’t personally make as humans, that’s where robotics integration with humans will get interesting.

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Will there be a day when sliding into the backseat of an AI-driven machine is as commonplace as catching an Uber or a Lyft is today? Some experts say yes, but it will take time. “People are going to have to get used to the idea that these things can drive better than we can,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst for Navigant Research. “It’s going to be a long road.”

As EV mandates increase, more self-driving technology buried deep in our cars will be waiting to be switched on by manufacturers and governments. It’s clear that road is getting shorter by the day.

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Fighting Hurricanes with Technology

If you live in Hurricane-prone areas there may be ways to fight these Hurricanes using technology. We will explore a few methods to reduce the impact of hurricanes.

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Fighting hurricanes with technology

Many people know about the damage hurricanes can cause to coastal areas in the Caribbean, Florida and many states along the East and Gulf coast, But did you know that there are ways we could fight them using current and new technologies? In this post, we will discuss a few methods experts believe would lessen hurricane impact.

Cloud Seeding

One way to fight hurricanes is by using aircraft to seed the clouds with silver iodide. This process, known as cloud seeding, has been shown to be effective in reducing the intensity of storms. Another promising method is using lasers to break up the hurricane’s eyewall. This technique is still in development, but it has the potential to weaken hurricanes before they make landfall.

Windbreaks

Another way to reduce the impact of hurricanes is by building structures that can withstand high winds. These structures, known as windbreaks, can help to protect homes and businesses from damage. Finally, we can also use technology to help us evacuate before a storm hits. By using apps and websites like Hurricane Tracker, we can stay up-to-date on the latest hurricane information and make sure we are prepared in case of an emergency.

Artificial Intelligence

For a few years now, AI has taken center stage in many areas of human effort. While it has played an assisting role in nearly all endeavors, you might be surprised to know that AI is also helping fight hurricanes–though not in the front lines. The Dutch Red Cross utilized social media data along with scientific information available to get aid to people who needed it most during the Philippines typhoon. We could learn from their example.

Super Cooling the Seas

You can trust scientists to come up with weird ways of solving problems, but that is their way of thinking and it works. So why say no? It has been found that the temperature most suitable for hurricane occurrence is set at 26.5 Celsius. That implies that hurricanes can be prevented from happening if the sea is not allowed to heat up to that particular temperature. To do this, there would be a need to super cool the seas. To achieve this, a team of scientists invented a wave powered pump that would surreptitiously move hot water down to depths as far as 650 feet. With thousands of these devices in the seas close to hurricane prone regions, scientists are hoping to silence hurricanes.

Bubble Curtains

The end goal of this method is to cool the waters of the sea, but it uses a different means than the other method. The bubble curtain method involves placing perforated pipes below the sea surface and then passing a stream of compressed air into these pipes. The idea is that the bubbles of cold air will rise to the surface and cool the Sea water located on top, therefore preventing hurricanes from occurring.

Conclusion

Hurricanes are a formidable foe, and it now seems there may be several ways to stop or contain them using science. Whether we will ever be able to fully stop hurricanes is unsure, but science may give us the answer one day. Only time will tell how this war against nature plays out.

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AI in a Human Resource World

Today the Human Resources world is under pressure to find ways to become more efficient in the selection process. AI seems to be the answer to their challenges.

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AI can help the Human Resources world become more efficient

In today’s business world, we all worry about the efficiencies of our companies, some more than most it seems. Take human resources departments for example, with the market for jobs the way it is today they are under constant pressure to find ways to speed up the interview and selection process. One way that many companies are turning to is artificial intelligence (AI).

There are a number of ways that AI can help make the process more efficient. As human resources departments become more and more inundated with data, artificial intelligence can be a powerful tool to help them become more efficient. Here are some ways that AI can assist HR:

  • Automating repetitive tasks: Many HR tasks are repetitive and time-consuming, such as sorting through resumes or scheduling interviews. AI can help by automating these tasks, freeing up HR professionals to focus on more strategic initiatives.
  • Analyzing data: AI can sift through large amounts of data quickly and identify patterns that may be useful for HR decision-making. For example, AI can help assess which employees are most likely to leave the company, or what training programs are most effective.
  • Enhancing communication: AI chatbots can provide employees with quick and easy answers to common HR questions, such as how to change their health insurance benefits or request time off. This can help reduce the workload of HR staff.
  • Improving recruiting: AI can assist in the recruiting process by identifying potential candidates and conducting initial screening interviews. This can help save time and ensure that only the most qualified candidates are brought in for further consideration.
  • AI is quickly becoming a valuable tool for human resources departments. By automating repetitive tasks, analyzing data, enhancing communication, and improving recruiting, AI can help HR professionals be more efficient and effective in their jobs. Some companies are even using AI to handle the entire selection process from start to finish. This means that human resources professionals can focus on other tasks, such as onboarding new employees.

What do you think about the role of AI in human resources? Do you think it can help make the process more efficient? Let us know in the comments.

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The Human Element in Artificial Intelligence

What role will humans play in the future of Artificial Intelligence? Can AI learn the human element known as empathy to become sentient?

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Artificial Intelligence and Human Empathy

There is ample discussion around what role humans will play in the future of Artificial Intelligence (A. I.). This is a topic that has been debated for some time now. Many people believe that A.I. will eventually take over most human tasks, and have already begun to do so, but there is one element that cannot be replaced by machines. Without it, A.I. will never be able to reach its full potential… This element is empathy. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of the human element in A. I. and discuss why it is essential to our success!

Empathy-The Human Element

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It is a critical part of emotional intelligence and is essential for building successful relationships, both personal and professional. When we interact with others, empathy allows us to see the world from their perspective and understand their feelings. This understanding can then be used to resolve conflicts, build trust, and create connections.

The Argument

In the present day, machines are not yet capable of empathy. They process and give the most suitable response based on the data they’ve collected and understood. This means that they are not able to understand human emotions or supply the same level of support that humans can. For example, a machine as a customer service representative will ask you the same questions and might not be able to alter its responses properly by your emotions, because they cannot “see where you’re coming from” — essentially, they cannot understand it. Therefore, empathy is so important in A.I.; without it, we would lose the ability to connect with others and resolve many emotional conflicts.

There is also the argument that empathy isn’t required in A.I, because it’s a machine and will do well without the burden of understanding human emotions. This is true in some cases, but it is not a global solution. Some emotions are necessary in specific situations, while unnecessary in others; the same as it is for us. To resolve conflicts efficiently, artificial intelligence must be allowed, or taught, to see the situation(s) from multiple perspectives and create the most ideal solution to any and every kind of problem and understand when emotion is needed and when it is not. Therefore, emotional intelligence and empathy is so important.

Conclusion

In conclusion, as artificial intelligence (A.I.) continues to evolve, the debate over whether the human element is important in A.I. rages on. Do you think empathy is an essential human quality? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments below! We would love to hear from you! Until next time, take care!

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