Breakthroughs in robotics and artificial intelligence open a world of possibilities to guard against unseen dangers
Earlier this month (This article was first published on October 17 2016 on https://qz.com/807828.) the first fleet of autonomous vehicles offered rides for the first time. The cars, sedans outfitted with a host of camera and sensors, weren’t fully autonomous (according to Pennsylvania law they must be manned by a living, breathing human until they are no longer in testing mode), but their drivers were as hands-off as possible, quite literally.