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Autonomous and Intelligent Systems: The Human Factor
Beyond Standards - December 2017

"Whether you’re reading the cover blurb of a magazine at the grocery checkout line, or happen across a panel discussion while grazing television channels, there is an undeniable buzz about the potential human benefits, and possible pitfalls, associated with the advancement of autonomous and intelligent systems. An overriding opportunity in the midst of these discussions is how to measure and prioritize human wellbeing as it relates to these emergent technologies. By doing so, it will be possible to foster technological innovation that fully values mental and emotional health at both an individual and societal level."

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Networked Rescue Robotics: Standards Pave the Way From Successful Prototypes to Sustainable Deployments
IEEE Standards University - December 2017

"The field of rescue robotics has seen many innovations in recent years, especially unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have proven their benefit in emergency situations by providing situational awareness through flexible and fast exploration. But also ground and underwater robots have been deployed in various incidents. Wireless communication systems are essential for enabling the coordinated action of teams of robots, which may originate from different vendors and rescue organizations. Therefore the standardization of communication interfaces as well as data formats will become a major focus in upcoming years."

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Trusting Machines Requires Transparency
Beyond Standards - December 2017

Pamela Pavliscak is Committee Member, IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems, visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute’s School of Information and founder of insights and innovation firm, Change Sciences. Her work focuses on emotion and identity in the context of people’s personal experiences with algorithms. In this Q&A, she explores some of the key considerations and challenges for algorithmic decision making, which will be discussed further in a complimentary webinar hosted by IEEE on 7 December.

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This New Robotic Avatar Arm Uses Real Time Haptics
Forbes - November 2017

IEEE Senior member Tom Coughlin and IEEE member Todd Richmond share their thoughts on haptic robotic arms, the future of Mixed Reality, and more.

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Autonomous Systems in 2018
IEEE Future Directions Blog - November 2017

"The FDC Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative stems from the growing presence of autonomous systems in our daily life, from autonomous vacuum cleaners to drones, from self driving cars to robots in manufacturing.

The evolution in this area will be both “invisible” and “spectacular”! There will be a smooth, almost imperceptible evolution, like cars increasing in their autonomous capabilities, self parking, lane cruising, breaking assistance…, and all of a sudden we will find ourselves in a world where many objects have become self-aware and behaves accordingly."

Read more at the IEEE Future Directions Blog


The Electric Semi Is Here, and Autonomous Big Rigs Are Next
Popular Mechanics - November 2017

Through the use of driver-assist tech, autonomous vehicles are becoming reality. Recently, Tesla introduced the Tesla Semi and transport truck that includes the company's most advanced driver-assist package, Enhanced Autopilot. This signals that the electric big rig is here, and autonomous trucks aren't far behind.

IEEE member Raj Rajkumar shares his thoughts on autonomous trucks, how they are different from autonomous cars, and more.

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Day 2 at the 2017 IEEE-SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day
Beyond Standards - November 2017

"The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) began hosting the Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day as part of its Industry Connections program in 2014, at a time when the development of technical standards in areas such as connectivity, bridging, security and time-sensitive networking (TSN) were rapidly gathering importance in the automotive market. At the seventh-annual event, which wrapped up Thursday at the San Jose (California) McEnery Conference Center, the criticality of standards and other forms of cross-industry collaboration and cooperation was clear."

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Day 1 at the 2017 IEEE-SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day
Beyond Standards - November 2017

"A seventh-annual gathering of engineers and other professionals from across the rapidly evolving automotive industry gave participants the opportunity to gain knowledge about the changes that have already taken place in their market and to forecast, debate and share ideas on the nature and pace of changes that are ahead."

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The Convergence of Humans and Machines
IEEE Future Directions Blog - October 2017

"Technology is not just evolving our machines, it is creating a bridge between us and them.

Bio-Interfaces are enabling seamless communications between our body, our mind, and machines. This is clearly being exploited by better prosthetics that fit naturally to replace a lost functionality as well as future prosthetics that augment an existing functionality."

Read more at the IEEE Future Directions Blog


IEEE TechEthics Event Addresses the Challenges Involved in Designing Ethical AI
The Institute - October 2017

More regulations and ethics training are needed to protect consumers

"With self-driving cars already on the roads, and robots replacing factory jobs and helping with tasks around the home, it’s clear that artificial intelligence technology is a growing part of our lives. Designing AI systems to ensure that ethical and societal implications have been considered, though, and regulating their development and deployment, are lagging behind."

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IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Hosts 21st Global Standards Collaboration Meeting (GSC-21) in Vienna, Austria
Beyond Standards - October 2017

"IEEE-SA recently hosted the 21st Global Standards Collaboration meeting, a gathering of senior officials from national, regional and international standards bodies. This meeting provided a unique opportunity to share strategies and foster dialogue in support of global standards initiatives that take into account all stakeholders’ inputs and insights."

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This Robot is Designed for Disaster Relief
IEEE Transmitter - October 2017

"With the increase in occurrences of natural disasters like hurricanes, tornados and fires, there is a real need for technology that can help with relief efforts. Honda has developed a prototype disaster relief humanoid robot, E2-DR. The robot is a bipedal model with flexible joints that can walk at 2km/h. The head of the robot is made up of hokuyo laser rangefinders with flight cameras, a single monocular camera, plus a stereo camera that works with an IR light projector."

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High School Club Builds Self-Driving Vehicle
The Institute - October 2017

Ravi Krishna, a sophomore at Los Altos High School in California, discusses with The Institute how his self-driving car project teaches students about machine- and deep-learning technologies.

Ravi launched Electric Dreams, a school club, to work on the project. Its primary mission is to make machine-learning technology, particularly as it applies to self-driving vehicles, accessible to high schoolers.

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Sentient Technologies Manages Investments With Artificial Intelligence
The Institute - October 2017

IEEE Fellow helped develop software based on evolutionary computation to make smarter stock trades

"Stock traders are fallible. Sometimes they act based on gut instinct rather than sound logic. That’s why Sentient Technologies (known as Sentient.AI) of San Francisco is working on Sentient Investment Management, an artificial-intelligence program that decides which stocks to buy and sell."

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IEEE Initiative Explores the Relationship Between Humans and Autonomous Systems
The Institute - September 2017

The group is working to establish a new field of science and explore the challenges of symbiosis.

"Symbiotic relationships exist between different species. Some relationships provide benefits to one or both groups; others exist because neither group can survive on its own. In the symbiotic relationship between foxglove plants and bumble bees, for example, the former need the latter for pollination, while the latter need the former for nectar.

Today the term symbiotic relationship also can describe exchanges between people and autonomous systems such those in androids, exoskeleton suits, and self-driving cars."

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Driverless trucks are coming -- but for now, adoption is in the slow lane
ZDNet - September 2017

Safety issues might keep industries such as oil and gas from embracing autonomous delivery vehicles.

In this article, IEEE Fellow Raj Rajkumar discusses the future of autonomous trucks, including key technological and safety considerations.

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Autonomous systems on the rise.
IEEE Future Directions Blog - September 2017

"I have been discussing for quite a bit now the technologies that are making autonomous systems possible. Indeed, the forecast is towards an increase of their presence in the next decade.

Artificial Intelligence is at the core of autonomous systems. It will permeate them in different degrees, the more autonomous they are and the more challenging the environment they will be operating in the more AI will be required."

Read more at the IEEE Future Directions Blog


Cyborg Rats and Monkey Mind Control
IEEE Technical Community Spotlight - September 2017

"Cyborg intelligence relies on the meld of biology and silicon-based computing. It has the potential of enhancing our cognition, enhancing our perception, and enhancing our ability to actuate our thoughts. And … it isn’t just science fiction anymore."

Read more at IEEE Technical Community Spotlight


Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems: Why Principles Matter
IEEE Future Directions Tech Policy & Ethics Newsletter - September 2017

"In this article, we trace the development of general principles for artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems, from Asimov to the current time, and the standards that are now emerging from those principles. In the context of this article a general principle is defined simply as a rule, or guide to action, which embodies an underlying ethical principle."

Read more at the IEEE Future Directions Tech Policy & Ethics Newsletter


How Robots Learn - A Video Series
IEEE Transmitter - August 2017

"From manufacturing and entertainment to driving, robotics is one of the most exciting and evolving fields of technology. While engineers have historically programmed robots to complete specific tasks, robots are now being taught to learn on their own.

IEEE conducted interviews with robotics experts from all around the world and asked them to speak about how robots learn and to share demos of the robots they’ve worked with."

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Tech for Autonomous Systems – Advanced Interaction Capabilities I
IEEE Future Directions Blog - August 2017

"Technologies for sensing the ambient have improved significantly and will continue to do so in the next decade. There is the possibility to “sense” electrical fields, acceleration, displacement, temperature, force –including pressure, touch-, presence of chemical compounds –including radiation-, sounds."

Read more at the IEEE Future Directions Blog


Exploring the Ways that Robots Learn
IEEE Transmitter - August 2017

Thanks to technologies like artificial intelligence, robots -- which have typically been programmed to perform tasks -- are now beginning to learn on their own. New developments such as a body-tracking system created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are teaching robots to understand the smaller nuances of body language to help them better communicate and interact with humans.

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Smart Cities as Symbiotic Autonomous Systems
IEEE Future Directions Blog - July 2017

"Visiting a new city as a tourist is exciting, visiting it as an engineer might be even more exciting, particularly in these times when technology dominates, although it is mostly invisible to citizens and tourists alike. It takes an engineer’s eye, and some help from cities’ managers and operators to look through the “application layer” and see the machinery at work."

Read more at the IEEE Future Directions Blog


Generation AI
IEEE Transmitter - July 2017

The next generation of children — those born to Millennials — will have artificial intelligence (AI) technologies infiltrate nearly every aspect of their lives, from infancy to their golden years. Follow the IEEE AI timeline to see how Generation AI will be impacted by technology in each stage of life, as they grow up and balance emotional independence with technological interdependence.

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Benefits of the Cloud for Automation Systems and Robotics
IEEE Transmitter - July 2017

The vast amount of data -- or big data -- that robots and autonomous systems can access by leveraging the cloud can provide enormous benefits and facilitate machine learning.

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What Intelligent Machines Need to Learn From the Neocortex
IEEE Spectrum - June 2017

Machines won’t become intelligent unless they incorporate certain features of the human brain. Here are three of them.

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A Sort of Symbiotic Autonomous System...
IEEE Future Directions Blog - May 2017

"Every week a new drone is announced and although most of them look alike (at least to my untrained eye) a clear trend seems to emerge: they are getting easier and easier to interact with.
DJI has announced, and it is ready for order, SPARK, the smallest drone in their product line, at a price just below 500$, 499$ of course. What picked my interest is the possibility of controlling it by gesture, making it a very simple drone to interact with."

Read more at the IEEE Future Directions Blog


Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?
IEEE Spectrum - May 2017

Artificial intelligence might endow some computers with self-awareness. Here’s how we’d know

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In My Opinion: Hit the Brakes – We’re Not Ready for Autonomous Vehicles
IEEE Technology Spotlight - May 2017

"Imagine as you drive down the road, you glance over to the driver next to you, but there is no driver. As confusion and panic start to overtake you, you realize there are cameras and sensors on the car and think, cool, it’s a driverless vehicle! But do those feelings of confusion and panic disappear? Are you safe driving next to an autonomous car? Wade Trappe, IEEE Fellow and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rutgers University, discusses his concerns about the desire to quickly bring fully automated vehicles to the market. Trappe believes researchers, industries, and governments need to do more research, testing, and planning before society widely adopts autonomous vehicles."

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Automotive Software
Computing Now - May 2017

The modern car really is becoming a "computer on wheels" as the automobile industry emerges as a powerful force in developing and implementing new technologies.

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The IEEE Global Initiative Helps Ensure a Worldwide Viewpoint
Beyond Standards - April 2017

"This year, The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems has undertaken a global review of its first white paper, which includes information and recommendations concerning ethically aligned design."

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Connectivity: The Essential Ingredient for Reliable, Safe Autonomous Vehicles
IEEE Transmitter - April 2017

In this article, IEEE Senior Member Alex Wyglinski examines the significant progress being made in autonomous vehicle technology. He addresses three important areas that require solutions to make autonomous vehicles a reliable and safe reality: wireless connectivity, efficient vehicular networking architectures, and automotive cyber security.

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Will Automation Kill or Create Jobs?
The Institute - March 2017

It depends on whom you ask

"Automation is increasingly proliferating in every aspect of our lives, whether it’s robots building the cars we drive or artificial intelligence systems driving the vehicles for us. With the rise of autonomous systems, the big concern for many people is how their jobs will be impacted."

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‘Ethics Is the New Green’
Beyond Standards - March 2017

Q&A with Konstantinos Karachalios, IEEE Standards Association managing director

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Forget Autonomous Cars—Autonomous Ships Are Almost Here
IEEE Spectrum - January 2017

Developments in autonomous vehicular technologies are paving the way for autonomous ships. In the near future, it is expected that we will see cargo ships that can fully navigate and take actions for themselves. Projects, such as the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications (AAWA), aim to make that vision a reality.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum