Engagdet reports on new regulations permitting autonomous vehicle testing in California. “According to the state DMV’s new regulations that became effective on April 2nd, it can now issue three types of autonomous vehicle testing permits. The first kind is the original one it approved years ago, which needs a driver behind the wheel, while the other two could pave the way for the release of Level 4 to 5 autonomous vehicles.” Notably, these regulations come at a time when more questions are being raised about assigning liability for the actions of autonomous systems following Uber’s fatal accident in Arizona.
Data quality for optimum use of machine learning tools. Highlighting an issue that is paramount for so many software and AI platform developers, the HBR piece explains that the importance of “data quality”: developers must have data that is right, and they must have the right data. Without meeting both criteria the processes risk two significant problems: first, the historical data used to train the predictive model used in the machine learning process can skew outcomes, and second, the new data used by that model to make future decisions can then be misdirected.
Seeking to catch up with the US and other countries in areas such as predictive medicine and autonomous driving systems, the French government will spend €1.5 billion ($1.85 billion) over five years to support research in the field, encourage startups, and collect data that can be used, and shared, by engineers. Signaling his intent to use his authority to help shape rules surrounding the use and deployment of AI in Europe, President Macron explained that one of his objectives is “having a say in designing and defining the rules of AI” to defend EU’s view of individual privacy rights and related matters.