Expect more of this kind of article. Behind the chrome skin of the shiny, new, smart personal assistants may not be anything more sinister than a land-grab for personal information, but gradually (creepingly), we seem to become more vulnerable to whatever they evolve into, whether that evolution is by design, or by mistake.
We have made a Faustian pact with our technology, and with the Mephistophelian technologists and engineers (like Skull and Viktor in the book) who deliver this relentless innovation. There are already (real life) prominent scientist and engineers, like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, who are warning about the dangers of rampant Artificial Intelligence, but their warnings are about the big, apocalyptic dangers for humanity rather than the small, invidious threats which exist now, to us all, on a personal level from this technology.
Read my interview with The BookBag about my recently published novel, Smart. There’s also a link to a competition to win one of two signed copies of Smart.
It seems everybody’s doing self-driving cars nowadays, but Bloomberg reports that George Hotz is doing for the self-driving car what Biggles did for the Sopwith Camel – giving it the romance of seat-of-the-pants driving, and money-where-your-mouth-is glamour.
There’s a brilliant video clip about half-way through the article that explains absolutely everything (really). In essence, however, what you do is show the AI how you drive your car then, after a few hours, let it get on with it.
In its current incarnation, Autopilot seems a little overhyped. At the end of the day it’s just adaptive cruise control and lane keeping. Both features are something we’ve seen on other cars before, making Tesla’s Autopilot feel like another baby step toward automated driving rather than a revolution.