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06/11/12 Society must make two big leaps in order to enable truly self-driving cars. The first is technological. Engineers need to improve today’s cars (which can warn a driver that he’s drifting out of his lane) beyond current Google and Darpa prototypes (which maintain the lane on their own) to the point where automobiles can edge forward through a construction zone while their owners sleep inside. The technological leap will be good for everyone. Machines are incredibly reliable. Humans are not. Most car crashes are caused by human error (a 2004 World Health Organization report put the figure at 90 percent).…
05/01/09 A Swedish company has been fined the equivalent of $3,000 for a June, 2007 incident in which an industrial robot grabbed a worker’s head and broke four ribs as he was attempting to repair it. According to a local news site, a maintenance worker in the town of Balsta approached the robot to do some repairs, after believing he had cut off its power supply. As he approached, the robot arm, normally used to lift heavy rocks, reached out and grabbed the man’s head. He succeeded in freeing himself, though not without injury. After investigations by both the work-safety authority…