Our society is inching toward the artificial intelligence revolution: a future where artificial intelligence will have the potential to make ethical decisions and function with complete power. By 2050, driverless cars and mobility-as-a-service will grow to $7 trillion worldwide. Benefits of this include consumers regaining up to 250 million hours of free time from behind the wheel, $234 billion in public costs will be saved by reducing accidents from human error, and 1 million lives will be saved annually as driverless cars can eliminate 90% of traffic fatalities.
In the chance of an accident, a global study was conducted to analyze who should be saved. 76% of survey participants preferred to save as many lives as possible, spare passengers over pedestrians, and swerve over staying on the course. Participants of the survey were most likely to spare the lives of a child and least likely to spare animals and criminals.
Although a significant amount of people chose to save the lives of people in driverless cars, very few were willing to buy a vehicle programmed to minimize harm. They prefer cars programmed to protect passengers at all costs. Driverless cars will save lives, but programming them to do so could slow their adoption and cost many more lives.
Furthermore, Amazon is dabbling in artificial intelligence with Rekognition. Amazon Rekognition has capabilities to identify up to 100 faces in a single image and track people in real time through surveillance cameras. Law enforcement agencies using Rekognition are the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (Oregon) and Orlando Police Department (Florida).
There are several benefits of artificial intelligence; however, we must emphasize the importance of building trustworthy technology to prevent false Rekognition profiling and sacrificing lives in driverless vehicles.
With A.I., your face and voice could be used to create a fake video, identified using a facial recognition algorithm, and used to falsely convict you of a crime. How do we know what’s real? Check out the infographic below for more about the ethics of A.I.
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