MIT Global Ethics Study Uses Interactive ‘Moral Machine’ to Ask Whose Lives Autonomous Vehicles Should Be Programmed to Save
Well, that’s unsettling.
Larry Page’s company, Kitty Hawk, revealed a self-driving taxi development project in New Zealand he hopes will be certified operational in three years. Unnamed sources say a manufacturing plant may be expanded in a previously known, but unreported test facility south of Silicon Valley, in Hollister, California.
Nissan has developed brain-to-vehicle (B2V) technology that uses a skull cap with EEG sensors to transmit brain waves to cars with autonomous features, thereby creating faster reaction times and potentially a more comfortable drive.
Study finds white men are often empowered by guns when faced with loss of economic status. This subset of gun owners has a different set of values and policy beliefs worth further study, including tendencies towards insurrectionism.
A study showed people with schizophrenia can reduce the voices in their heads by standing up to avatars, designed to look and sound like their voices, with the support of therapists. Compared to the control group who received counseling, the group receiving avatar therapy felt less overall distress from their voices, and more of them stopped hearing voices altogether within a shorter time period.
For months, United States diplomats in Cuba have suffered an ongoing range of symptoms from a mysterious source, straining relations between the two governments. The latest diagnosis includes abnormalities to some of the diplomats’ white brain matter, which affects cognitive function, sensory and motor skills. However, this discovery only further divides scientists on the issue … Continued
VR technology is beginning to revolutionize the medical field by providing acute and chronic pain relief in the clinical and hospital setting, and working to expand treatment into patients’ homes. As the technology improves, this may have a tremendous impact on the opioid crisis, decreasing patients’ needs for prescription painkillers.
Living or spending time near the ocean or other bodies of water has proven scientific health benefits including reduced stress. Looking at water views—or blue space—inhaling air near the shore, and even walking on sand may help calm and create meditative effects, reduce depression, seasonal affective disorder, and other mental health conditions.
Researchers successfully test memory boosting brain implant on humans, improving short-term and working memory. Potential future applications could improve the prognosis for people suffering from memory loss and other conditions.
Despite improved technology for low and no-emission vehicles, cities are aiming to reduce or eliminate cars from their roadways. The reduction of pollution and quality of life if people used pedestrian walkways, bike paths and public transportation is motivating major changes for urban planning.