A global ethics study aims to help AI solve the self-driving “trolley problem”

In 2014 researchers at the MIT Media Lab designed an experiment called Moral Machine. The idea was to create a game-like platform that would crowdsource people’s decisions on how self-driving cars should prioritize lives in different variations of the “trolley problem.” In the process, the data generated would provide insight into the collective ethical priorities of different cultures. 

The researchers never predicted ...

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Sun, sea and microplastics: French Riviera hit by plastic pollution

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STMicro third-quarter profits rise on strong automotive, imaging sales

PARIS (Reuters) – Franco-Italian chipmaker STMicroelectronics reported a jump in third-quarter sales and profits, driven by a strong performance of its automotive and imaging businesses.

Quarterly net revenue rose 11.2 percent from the second-quarter to $2.52 billion, slightly above the company’s midpoint target.

Operating income rose by 38 percent over the period to $398 million. Gross margin stood at 39.8 percent.

STMicro said it expected fourth-quarter revenues to grow by about 5.7 percent from the previous quarter, with a gross ...

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‘Top Young Scientist’ 13-year-old Rishab Jain aids in fight against pancreatic cancer

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