Amazon Truck AI Cameras Deny Bonuses • The Register
In short Artificial intelligence cameras inside Amazon’s delivery trucks refuse drivers to pay premiums for mistakes for which they should not be blamed, it has been reported.
The e-commerce giant installed the equipment in its vehicles earlier this year. The devices monitor the road and the driver and send audio alerts if they don’t like their humans driving.
A man from Los Angeles told Vice that when he was cut off by other cars, the machine would suddenly detect the other vehicle directly in front of him and shout, “Keep a safe distance!” The audio alert logs and camera images are transmitted to Amazon, and it automatically decides whether or not drivers deserve bonuses for their performance on the road.
These workers, who are employed by contractors, claim that they are unfairly denied additional pay for errors beyond their control or for things that do not necessarily mean they are driving recklessly, such as settling radio or look in a rear view mirror.
“When I get my score every week, I ask my company to tell me what I did wrong,” said the anonymous driver. “My [delivery company] will email Amazon and put me in cc, and say, “Hey, we have [drivers] who would like to see photos flagged as events, but they are unresponsive. There is no room for discussion about the possibility that the camera data may not be clean. “
An Amazon spokesperson said the alerts can be disputed and are being reviewed by the internet giant’s staff to rule out incorrect judgments from the software.
Trans gamers use AI to change their voice
Not all deepfakes are bad. Technology is helping trans people feel comfortable communicating in gaming communities by changing the sound of their voices with AI algorithms.
It can be difficult for trans players to speak in group chats when their tone of voice does not match their gender identity; some may want to sound more feminine or masculine, generally.
A startup called Modulate helps them generate new voices or “voice skins” using machine learning software that automatically adjusts the sound of their speech. Some trans people have started testing the algorithms but have yet to use them in nature, according to Wired.
“We realized that many people don’t think they can participate in online communities because their voice puts them at greater risk,” said Mike Pappas, CEO of Modulate. He claimed the software only had a 15 millisecond lag when transforming someone’s speech in real time to a different tone.
Early testers said they were impressed with the software’s capabilities, although Modulate declined to provide a live demo for the magazine.
The UK government’s 10-year plan on AI
The UK government has pledged to invest more in the AI industry and review semiconductor supply chains to ensure it has enough IT resources to support the growth of the technology.
“This is how we will prepare the UK for the next ten years, and is built on three assumptions about the coming decade,” began the summary of the report.
“1. Invest in and plan for the long-term needs of the AI ecosystem to maintain our leadership as a science and AI superpower;
“2. Supporting the transition to an AI-powered economy, harnessing the benefits of innovation in the UK and ensuring that AI benefits all sectors and regions;
“3. Ensure the UK obtains good national and international governance of AI technologies to encourage innovation, investment and protect the public and our core values.”
The first point is to fund more scholarships to help more people get postgraduate training in machine learning and data science. Researchers are encouraged to collaborate with other European and American institutions.
Other parts of the plan, however, are a bit more blurry. There are no strict actions or policies in some parts, for example much of interagency collaboration involves formulating even more reports to understand ‘strategic goals’ to support the economy of AI or algorithmic transparency.
FedEx to Start Testing Autonomous Delivery Trucks
Aurora, the self-driving car software company, has started testing autonomous Class 8 heavy-duty trucks capable of hauling more than 14,969 kilograms with shipping giant FedEx.
The trucks will be monitored by a security driver as they travel the 500-mile round trip between Dallas and Houston, Texas, along the I-485 freeway, Aurora announced this month. The company aims to operate fully autonomous truck fleets without the assistance of security drivers by 2023.
You can read more about it here. ®