A couple of months ago, Tesla went under fire when a Model S got involved in a fatal car crash. This prompted an investigation by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration regarding the artificial intelligence?system safety of Tesla’s Autopilot program.
The accident happened in central Florida when a trailer crossed in front of the Tesla. Neither the driver nor the car?s autopilot system were able to notice the trailer as its color closely resembles the brightly lit sky.
The incident raised a lot of questions not only to the safety of these systems but also whether they are ready for commercial use.
?Autopilot is getting better all the time, but it is not perfect and still requires the driver to remain alert.?
However, in light of recent events, we see technologies using artificial intelligence?put to good use.
Joshua Nealy, a 37-year old Model X owner, suffered a pulmonary embolism on the way home from work one day. Nealy allowed the autopilot to take over the 20-mile distance from his workplace to the nearest hospital.
Another example of artificial intelligence doing good is IBM?s Watson artificial intelligence engine diagnosing an old woman?s leukaemia. The said machine took only 10 minutes to diagnose a rare kind of leukaemia that has been misdiagnosed months earlier. Watson achieved this feat by comparing the patient?s genetic changes with 20 million other cancer research papers. This enabled the doctors to perform proper treatment for the patient. In addition to this, the machine also diagnosed another rare type of leukaemia in another patient.
Finally, there is one more incident when Apple?s Siri saved the life of a Tennessee-man by calling 911 during an accident at home.
The fact about artificial intelligence?is that it is still relatively new. It will take several years of development before it can replicate even the simplest of processes that goes on inside a human brain.
Whether artificial intelligence is sound or not, it would still be wise to have a certain level of human intervention. Humans overseeing the process is quite important especially when human lives are at stake.
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