8 min read · Jun 3rd · Computers are increasingly guiding decisions about elder care – and tracking everything from toilet visits to whether someone has bathed
Welcome to caregiving in the 2020s: in rich societies, computers are guiding decisions about elder care, driven by a shortage of caregivers, an ageing population, and families wanting their seniors to stay in their own homes longer.
The systems use everything from motion sensors to cameras to even Lidar, a type of laser scanning used by self-driving cars, to monitor spaces. Others monitor individuals using wearables.
3 min read · May 10th · Drills involving swarms of drones raise questions about whether machines could outperform a human operator in complex scenarios.
For example, when faced with attacks on several fronts, human control can sometimes get in the way of a mission, because people are unable to react quickly enough. “Actually, the systems can do better from not having someone intervene,” Chung says.
So many robots were involved in the operation that no human operator could keep a close eye on all of them. So they were given instructions to find—and eliminate—enemy combatants when necessary.
May 16th · The "deepfake" allegations became a symbol of the dark power of computer-generated video. A lawyer for the suspect, a 50-year-old mother in suburban Pennsylvania, argues the case “ruined her life.”
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