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DARPA Expert Warns Autonomous Car Firms Aren’t Teaming Up on Safe A.I.

DARPA Expert Warns Autonomous Car Firms Aren't Teaming Up on Safe A.I.

Autonomous car development has a cooperation problem. That’s according to Hava Siegelmann, program manager of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (or DARPA), who claimed that the companies she’s spoken to are lukewarm about working together on making A.I. safer.

“The next program that I’ve been working on is about safety of A.I. […] the companies that I’ve contacted that are working on drones and self-driving cars, said they are actually not interested to work together on safety of A.I.,” Siegelmann said in a panel discussion at the Human-Level Artificial Intelligence conference in Prague, Czech Republic, on Friday. The comments come as automakers ramp up their autonomy efforts, with Waymo reaching eight million miles this summer, but questions have lingered around the best way to approach safety. In March, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was the first person killed by an autonomous car. But while automakers have shown enthusiasm for on-road communications […]

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