Sensationalism vs. AI – Failure of Self-driving Vehicle Raises Issues
In the face of a technological dawning, consumers and business markets are facing new issues every day. As Artificial Intelligence becomes both available and usable for the everyday consumer, there are new issues and controversies arising daily. Two weekends ago, a self-driving uber vehicle struck a 49-year old pedestrian woman, causing Uber to temporarily shut down the self-driving testing programs.
While there is no denying the tragedy and hurt surrounding the event, in comparison to other business endeavors much harm has been done without completely halting operations. This could perhaps be sensationalist media using emotion to evoke stronger reactions out of its viewers than the story itself permits. Sensationalism has been used heavily as of lately and this is simply an example of how it can be utilized, especially in the case of a new and rather unknown technology.
From a technology advocate perspective, events like this are deeply disheartening both for the hurt technology caused, as well as for the blow to the development of the technology. Those who were excited about the advancement of this consumer AI technology must now accept that perhaps it isn’t ready for market. The events that have occurred prove that the technology still needs work, and therefore cannot be fully implemented as of yet. The growth of consumer-utilized AI is an exciting concept, but society isn’t ready and nor is the market. Until situations like this dwindle, these types of technology will not stand and thrive.