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  • The Autonomous Driving Handoff

    The Autonomous Driving Handoff   Autonomous driving is a truly exciting proposition that holds a lot of promise for us all.  It may make the much beloved Fast and Furious cinematic saga into more of a period piece, but that is arguably a fine tradeoff. The future is fun to dream about, but the world we’re actually entering into at

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  • EDGE3 Signs Open Letter from AI and Robotics Researchers: Autonomous Weapons

    Jul 28, 2015 

    Autonomous weapons select and engage targets without human intervention. They might include, for example, armed quadcopters that can search for and eliminate people meeting certain pre-defined criteria, but do not include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones for which humans make all targeting decisions. Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has reached a point where the deployment of such systems is — practically if not legally — feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.

    Many arguments have been made for and against autonomous weapons, for example that replacing human soldiers by machines is good by reducing casualties for the owner but bad by thereby lowering the threshold for going to battle. The key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI arms race or to prevent it from starting. If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow. Unlike nuclear weapons, they require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials, so they will become ubiquitous and cheap for all significant military powers to mass-produce. It will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc. Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group. We therefore believe that a military AI arms race would not be beneficial for humanity. There are many ways in which AI can make battlefields safer for humans, especially civilians, without creating new tools for killing people.

    Just as most chemists and biologists have no interest in building chemical or biological weapons, most AI researchers have no interest in building AI weapons — and do not want others to tarnish their field by doing so, potentially creating a major public backlash against AI that curtails its future societal benefits. Indeed, chemists and biologists have broadly supported international agreements that have successfully prohibited chemical and biological weapons, just as most physicists supported the treaties banning space-based nuclear weapons and blinding laser weapons.

    In summary, we believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many ways, and that the goal of the field should be to do so. Starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control.

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  • Driver Distraction Awareness Month

    Driver Distraction Awareness Month You may have heard that April is Driver Distraction Awareness month. Over the past few years, as cellphone usage and ever more complex vehicle interfaces increase the cognitive load while driving, there has been a sharp increase in accidents related to distractions behind the wheel. Calling attention to this dangerous epidemic is important in order for

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  • Texas Instruments’ Vision Comparison

    Texas Instruments’ Vision Comparison I recently noticed that Texas Instruments (TI) updated their Time-of-Flight (ToF) imaging web page, and I was pleased to see that they also included a comparison with Stereoscopic systems, which is one of EDGE3’s specialties. I concede that not all machine vision technologies can satisfy every use-case, but I would like to get the facts straight

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  • Distracted Driving: Technology Can Stop What It Started

    Distracted Driving: Technology Can Stop What It Started   As Pulitzer Prize Winning Author and New York Times Journalist, Matt Richtel explains in his latest book, A Deadly Wandering (http://mattrichtel.wordpress.com/), there is an addiction to technology that over powers all other common sense when driving.   “When you’re on the phone all of the time, it conditions you to want to

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  • C3 Report: Honda Patents Hybrid Voice/Gesture Recognition HMI Platform

    C3 REPORT: HONDA PATENTS HYBRID VOICE/GESTURE RECOGNITION HMI PLATFORM C3 Report – Connected Car Council and Conferences As drivers become more inundated with sensory input and have to control more functions – all while keeping focused on the road ahead – automakers will need to develop new and innovative interfaces to help safely handle these tasks. Voice… Read full article

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  • EDGE3 and Honda Awarded Patent

    EDGE3 Technologies and Honda R&D Americas Awarded Patent for System Combining Gesture and Voice Recognition in Single Human Machine Interface System   Innovative Vision Analytics Automotive Technology Will Enable Drivers to Communicate with their Vehicle in a More Natural Manner TEMPE, AZ (December 1, 2014) ─ EDGE3 Technologies and Honda R&D Americas today announced they have been awarded U.S. patent

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  • Mobile Box Dimensioning

    Mobile Box Dimensioning   Just this past summer, both UPS and FedEx announced plans to begin charging for ground-shipped packages by size, not just weight, a change designed to increase revenue and reduce costs.  The industry is calling this Dimensional Weight Pricing, and its intended consequence is to discourage online retailers from shipping small, lightweight items in large boxes, taking up

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  • Serious Computer Vision

    Serious Computer Vision   Computer vision has never seemed to live up to the hype or potential that Hollywood has expected of it.  For many decades there have been images of Minority Report types of use cases that would change the way we all do things.  Although, I still hold on to the dream that someday I’ll be able to

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  • Dvice

    Edge3 gesture detection system may be best (and cheapest) yet   Here at SIGGRAPH 2012, we got our first look at the Edge3 Technologies 3D tracking and gesture recognition system. It’s sort of like Kinect or Leap, except definitely better than the former and arguably better than the latter….  

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