Why Technology in Our Society Still Requires the Human Empathy Component

Self-driving cars are a hot topic. They were the talk of the recent Consumer Electronics Show with several companies vying to get into the business of this and other artificial intelligence based technologies. There are some promising opportunities for exciting new industries in the next decade. But as with anything else, this type of AI sans the human components of reason, empathy and plain common sense, bear some consideration as we look for ways to integrate these innovations into our daily lives. Imagine yourself seated (not driving) in your self-driving car casually video chatting with a family member while cruising at 50 miles per hour. Suddenly, a deer from a nearby forest jumps in front of your car. The car’s brain fed by all the sensors registers the information and…


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