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Police: Uber driver was streaming Hulu just before fatal self-driving car crash
Report says driver looked down for more than six minutes of the 22-minute trip.
TIMOTHY B. LEE - JUN 22, 2018 3:08 PM UTC
"Tempe, Arizona, police have released a massive report on the fatal Uber vehicle crash that killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in March. The report provides more evidence that driver Rafaela Vasquez was distracted in the seconds before the crash.
"This crash would not have occurred if Vasquez would have been monitoring the vehicle and roadway conditions and was not distracted,'' the report concludes.
Police obtained records from Hulu suggesting that Vasquez was watching "The Voice," a singing talent competition that airs on NBC, just before the crash. Hulu's records showed she began watching the program at 9:16pm. Streaming of the show ended at 9:59pm, which "coincides with the approximate time of the collision," according to the police report.
Police say dashcam footage shows that Vasquez "was distracted and looking down" during the nearly 22-minute drive that preceded the crash. According to police, she "appears to react and show a smirk or laugh at various points during the times that she is looking down." The report said that she looked down 166 times while the vehicle was in motion, frequently looking in the direction of her right knee.
Vasquez looked down at her lap for 5.3 seconds prior to the crash, then looked up less than a second before her car struck Herzberg.
The Tempe police findings contradict what Vasquez told investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board.
"In a postcrash interview with NTSB investigators, the vehicle operator stated that she had been monitoring the self-driving system interface," a recent NTSB report said. "The operator further stated that although her personal and business phones were in the vehicle, neither was in use until after the crash, when she called 911."
While the report is bad news for Vasquez, the NTSB report also found that poor engineering decisions by Uber contributed to the crash. The NTSB report found that Uber's software "determined that an emergency braking maneuver was needed" 1.3 seconds before the crash. Unfortunately, the vehicle wasn't programmed to actually perform emergency braking procedures—nor was it programmed to alert the safety driver.
The case has been referred to the County Attorney’s Office in nearby Yavapai County, according to Reuters, but officials haven't announced whether Vasquez will face charges."
The Ethics and Governance of AI Course: Class 1, February 6, 2018
MIT Media Lab
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Joi Ito and Jonathan Zittrain co-teaching the first class of the Ethics and Governance of AI at the MIT Media Lab.
This Spring 2018 term course is a cross-disciplinary investigation of the implications of emerging technologies, with an emphasis on the development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence. The course covers a variety of issues, including the complex interaction between governance organizations and sovereign states, the proliferation of algorithmic decision making, autonomous systems, machine learning and explanation, the search for balance between regulation and innovation, and the effects of AI on the dissemination of information, along with questions related to individual rights, discrimination, and architectures of control.
Class 1 focuses on artificial intelligence and questions of autonomy, system design, agency, and liability.
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The Outer Space Cleanup Crew
That thing is so *huge* it'll take up all the cargo space and weight capacity, but it's still pretty cool.
I suppose the denser the material the gyroscope(spinning disk part) is made from the smaller it can be, so if you use a speck of neutron star how small could it be then,
Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon
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