Does the thought of giving Siri more power unsettle you? What about self-driving cars — do you feel uneasy about letting a computer take the wheel?
If you answered yes, you’re not alone. As AI systems become more functional and widespread, a large segment of the public has been slow to trust the tech. A highly publicized study last year called the ethics of self-driving cars into question, concluding that most people wouldn’t want to ride in the cars because they don’t trust the systems making the decisions.
That’s one of the reasons why the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently handed eight Oregon State University computer science professors a $6.5 million research grant to work on a project to help make robots, cars, and other tech powered by AI more trustworthy for doubters. Read more…
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