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Posts for for March, 2018

Thousands of views – and nothing to say?

Posted on: March 30th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Thousands of views.  Virtually no likes or comments.

That’s what happened to one of my LinkedIn videos this week.

And it makes sense.  When I looked at who viewed it’s a lot of big companies in the automotive and automation space.

Everyone’s watching. Lots of people are afraid to take a stand.

But I feel this is one of those moments.  What we do today will shape generations!

It’s time for us to shape our future with technology.

What’s your thoughts on this important issue?

What are you taking a stand on these days?

You can check my video here.

I do want your thoughts – either in the comments or send me a message directly.


Driverless Cars – We Don’t Have the Answers (Yet) and the Issues are Coming

Posted on: March 28th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Driverless Cars.

Driverless Trucks.

Millions of cab drivers, truck drivers, restaurant employees, hotel/motel employees are about to lose their jobs.

That’s what we’ve been hearing. And I don’t think it’s a lie. It just might be delayed.

You see the recent crashes, and deaths, with Uber and Tesla vehicles raise real questions. What do we do? There are real lives at stake.

The knee-jerk reaction is to stop all development and go back to human driven cars.

But human driven cars have their issues too! Look how many deaths human drivers cause in a given year.

It’s clear that computers and automation – that don’t get tired and don’t get distracted – are the future.

But how do we get there? The legal landscape is messy!

Who pays when someone dies at the hands of a driverless car? Their family likely needs to money (less than they need the loved one) especially if children are involved.

Until now it was clear – if the driver was at fault the driver (or their insurance) paid. But now it’s not so clear.

Who pays now when there is no driver? Is it the software company? The hardware company? Who pays?

Honestly we don’t know. The law is going to evolve. And the legal rules we set today will affect future generations – let’s get it right.

Here’s a video on some of the legal issues in the Uber and Tesla-type events.

NOTE: I am a lawyer, but not your lawyer. Consult your attorney. General statements of the law here are not legal advice but for discussion purposes.

Is the rise of artificial intelligence worth it?

Posted on: March 28th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

The world has been talking about automation, technology and the rise of artificial intelligence.

But we know artificial intelligence is not intelligent. At least not fully!

And the latest spate of Uber and Telsa crashes have us wondering what’s next.  What is next?

The legal system isn’t ready for this, and we are going to see a lot of messy until it gets better.

I did a recent video on it.

Check it out!  Comment on the video and let me know your thoughts about how we are going to get through this transition to artificial intelligence.