by Mac Slavo
The first death has been reported in self-driving cars. Our worst fears about artificial intelligence are already beginning to come true.
A test man working with Tesla motors was killed after the autopilot feature failed to see a bright-white 18-wheeler which was poorly contrast against the bright lit sky.
It is unfortunate, and spooky, since white is the most common color for tractor trailers, and the big rigs account for the most deadly accidents. One wonders how a tiny, smart car making decisions of a computer would stand up to such a vehicle.
Not “sophisticated enough to overcome blindness from bright or low contrast light.” Videographers know how easily blown-out light that is too bright can ruin an otherwise well composed shot. Cameras can do a lot, but digital sensors aren’t usually good at compensating for this issue.