Inadvertent spotlight on self-driving cars today, with a number of interesting takes:
The L.A. Times on the competition to produce the hyper-realistic, 3D, HD maps necessary for self-driving cars (Tracey Lien).
And Madeleine Elish and Tim Hwang have a fascinating take on what the experience of the airline industry can teach us about liability and self-driving cars — namely, that the human operator continues to get all the blame when things go wrong even as they’re given less and less control over the machine
Bonus links: A bunch of A.I. researchers and tech luminaries have signed an open letter asking for a ban on autonomous weapons (Rebecca Merrett). (Here’s the full letter, at the Future of Life institute.)
Meanwhile, the Guardian talks to a bunch of actual designers in the field and finds they’re a heck of a lot more worried about artificial stupidity, not artificial intelligence (Andy Meek).