A few weeks ago, I demonstrated how artificial intelligence can now emulate skills and abilities that were once the exclusive prerogative of humans, such as creativity. And while the detective story an AI wrote by my side was a little weird, it showed what might one day be possible as technology continues to evolve. But it also means we need to be careful, because AI can easily evolve into areas we might not like, or with morals that conflict with our belief systems.
The White House has at least tentatively acknowledged this danger, calling for the establishment of Amnesty International Bill of Rights Through its Office of Science and Technology Policy. This effort is designed to democratize AI as much as possible, allowing the public not only to see the state of AI as it evolves, but also to give people a voice in how and what AI technology is evolving.
Democratizing the development of AI is a good idea, but even so, I had a hard time thinking of a practical way such an effort could work. Fortunately, the European Union has found a way. The European Union is working with a group It’s called Robotics4EUwhich consists of several organizations dealing with robotics technology in several European countries, to give the public a voice in the development of a variety of AI-led robots.
The project holds The first ever automated vote To identify general attitudes and interests regarding different types of robots. Anyone can vote, not just those who live in the European Union. The idea is to introduce a series of very different types of intelligent robots, and then have the audience vote on things like how useful each robot they think each robot would be to humans, or how scared they would be if they bumped into a similar robot on a street. Once the results are finalized, they will be shared with the companies that make the robots and the artificial intelligence that drives them, as well as the governments that will regulate the technology.
For the first vote, there are nine automated candidates to consider. They are all driven by artificial intelligence, but they perform very different tasks. Some of the bots you can vote for have serious missions, like Drone in a box Powered by NAUST Robotics, which can automatically deploy itself, and fly through the air to patrol rural areas. Its function is to protect livestock or food crops from predators and pests. Others are a bit eccentric, like Butty by Capra Robotics, who rolls along city sidewalks to pick up cigarette butts and other trash with a long, Elephant-like trunk.
Potty is my personal favorite, but I suspect two other bots in the survey will get the lion’s share of the attention, for better or worse.
The first is the Swab Robot from Lifeline Robotics. In an age when we’re all used to scanning to check for diseases and other pathogens like COVID-19, having a robot do it automatically seems like a great idea. It frees the medical staff to do other tasks and also protects the privacy of the person being tested. What I suspect the disconnect would be for many people using the Swab Robot is having to stand inside a small enclosure while a supposedly intelligent, “force sensitive” human gently inserts a probe into Back of the patient’s throat It continues to collect a sample. I’m forward thinking and love technology, but no thank you for that. just no.
Another really interesting robot in the survey is EVE by Halodi Robotics. EVE is what most people imagine when we think of a real robot, a human-like being with enough artificial intelligence to take on human tasks, in this case helping the elderly or those with mobility issues. According to the company that makes EVE, the robot is not limited to a predetermined space, but can instead move around in any environment. Video showing Eve Helping the elderly They walk around their house, pack their bags, push a wheelchair, and even get a bottle of water from the fridge. I can fully imagine the deployment of EVE units in hospitals as a kind of supportive staff that helps patients feel comfortable and take care of some of their non-medical needs, freeing overburdened people to perform other duties.
If you want to see what some really advanced robots can do, and have a voice in the future, you have until October 15th until cast your vote.
John Breeden II is an award-winning journalist and reviewer with more than 20 years of experience covering technology. He is the CEO of Technical Writers Office, a group that creates thought-leading technology content for organizations of all sizes. Twitter: @LabGuys
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