Safe automation and safe AI still has a long way to go.

This is yet another article amongst a growing number of such pieces on the risks inherent in automation and AI. The heart of the matter is that we humans are great at context and common sense by comparison with the machines we have so far designed. Most machines just look at a situation in more or less one way. They do not, indeed they cannot, look at a situation from a number of different angles. So, they make mistakes. But humans make mistakes too, in some cases much more frequently than machines. Is the answer to make humans and machines work together on everything? Yes and no. The so-called hand-off problem in driverless cars has still not been resolved, and may never be so. Back to the drawing board.

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