Technology notes: the bad and the good – L’Observateur

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 13 – Technology can help us achieve amazing goals. It can make our life safer. But it can also be very scary, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].

“Let the Russians work hard to develop a piece of the ‘very scary’ technology – so-called killer robots. They haven’t quite got it right yet, but their goal is to produce autonomous weapons for the battlefield. It might sound like something out of a bad science fiction movie, but the fact is, they are already in the field test phase of development, ”says AMAC.

The United Nations is so concerned that it is arguing with the Russians about the need for regulation on ethical issues. The US is also developing remote-controlled war goods, but unlike the Russians, we focus on ensuring their ethical use in combat.

In fact, the US Military Academy at West Point has a dedicated robotics program and a newer one Washington Post The feature of this program says, “The future may well be shaped by computer algorithms that dictate how weapons move and target enemies. And the cadets’ uncertainty about how much authority to give robots and how to interact with them in conflict reflects the ambivalence of the broader military as to whether and where to draw a line to let war machines kill themselves. Such autonomous machines were once so far beyond the technical understanding of scientists that the debate about their ethics was just an intellectual exercise. But since technology caught up with the idea, this debate has become very real. “

But not all new technological developments are about death and destruction, says AMAC. As an example, the association cites a program that claims it can put an end to drunkenness and save up to 10,000 lives a year. The fact is that about 30 people are killed by drunk drivers every day, and nearly 800 every day [290,000 a year] are injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers. And the driver alcohol detection system for safety [DADSS] Program claims its technology can put an end to the carnage.

The DADSS is a collaboration by automakers and the US Department of Transportation developing two ways to prevent a drunk driver from starting their car. One technology would equip cars with hidden breathalyzers that automatically determine alcohol levels by analyzing the driver’s normal breathing. It can tell the difference between the driver’s breath and that of all passengers. The other new technology checks the alcohol level while the driver grips the steering wheel with an infrared scan of the blood level in the driver’s fingertips. If too much alcohol is detected, it would prevent the car from starting.

How close are you to production? Congress is considering a new law requiring all new cars to be equipped with drunk driver technology by 2027.

Finally, AMAC reports that the U.S. Navy will soon have an aircraft that can stay in the air for three months without refueling. The interesting engineering website Says, “To stay in the air that long, the 236-foot, wing-span aircraft houses 2,900 square feet (269.4188 meters) of photovoltaic cells that can generate up to 2 kilowatts of electricity. Skydweller Aero also plans to equip its planes with hydrogen fuel cells as a backup in case the solar energy harvest plane is exposed to bad weather for a long time. “

Skydweller Aero is a Spanish-American aerospace company and the technology it uses for its new “giant drone” is based on its Solar Impulse 2, a piloted aircraft that flew non-stop around the world in 2015 and 2016.