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Autonomous Features on display at the New York International Auto Show

It is Press Week at The New York International Auto Show being held at the Javitz Center in New York City. The NYAIS debuted in 1900 and is the oldest show in North America. Every year since the event focuses on new technologies with a view to showcasing ideas that are forming the industry’s future.  Here are innovations from GM and Kia that attendees will see this year:

The Cadillac CT5 will offer will offer Super Cruise, the hands-free driving system that’s the closest thing you can buy to a self-driving car and the best thing to happen to long trips since the interstate highway system.

Cadillac's new CT5 sedan

Cadillac’s new CT5 sedan (Photo: Cadillac)

Super Cruise is the kind of feature owners will never do without once they’ve experienced it. Cadillac introduced it to acclaim on the CT6 sedan two years ago, but has yet to add it to a second model. The technology’s rollout across the whole model line begins with the CT5.

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Kia is showing off its HabaNiro is an electric, autonomous concept car.
In autonomous mode, the windshield becomes an entertainment screen.

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AI In Agriculture: A Powerful Force For Good

Some of the most exciting innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) are taking place far from gleaming tech campuses.

Across acres of fields and greenhouses, farmers are using AI to vastly reduce their use of chemicals and minimize damage to the environment. Advances in AI-driven robotics are also empowering farmers to feed more people with less land and fewer workers.

AI Technology And Gender Inequality – Analysis

Computerisation and robotics have had a profound effect on labour markets. Using data from Japan, this column finds that female workers are more exposed to risks of computerisation than male workers, and that this tendency is more pronounced in larger cities. The results suggest that supporting additional human capital investment alone is not enough as a risk alleviation strategy against new technology. Policymakers need to address structural labour market issues, such as gender biases in career progression and participation in decision-making positions.

When robots commit wrongdoing, people may incorrectly assign the blame

Last year, a self-driven car struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. The woman’s family is now suing Arizona and the city of Tempe for negligence. But, in an article published on April 5 in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, cognitive and computer scientists ask at what point people will begin to hold self-driven vehicles or other robots responsible for their own actions—and whether blaming them for wrongdoing will be justified.

“We’re on the verge of a technological and social revolution in which autonomous machines will replace humans in the workplace, on the roads, and in our homes,” says Yochanan Bigman of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “When these robots inevitably do something to harm humans, how will people react? We need to figure this out now, while regulations and laws are still being formed.”

10 Technologies That Are Changing the World

Futurists of the 1950s and ’60s predicted that by the 2000s, flying cars and airborne robots would be a part of our everyday lives. Instead, we live in a world dominated by live streaming, smartphones and social networks.

While those forecasters didn’t quite get the timing right, they got the technology right. Today, we are at the brink of another technological boom. This time, technologies like self-driving vehicles and robot assistants are under development. Soon, these and the other exciting technologies described below will go mainstream, changing the world in the process.

The Army targets systems to ‘see’ 1,000 miles

Adversaries are creating systems to keep U.S. forces at bay, including long-range missiles, advanced radar equipment to sense incoming assets and non-kinetic means of engagement, such as cyber and electronic warfare. This has made the Army realize it needs a long-range penetrating capability to thwart these so-called anti-access area denial areas.

But, in order to target accurately, the Army needs to be able to “see” thousands of miles to locate what it is shooting at.

“Right now, we have a challenge with sensing deep in the United States Army. The chief’s No. 1 priority for modernization is long-range precision fires,” Maj. Gen. Robert Walters, commander of the Intelligence Center of Excellence, said during a presentation March 26 at the AUSA Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama.