Exponential View with Azeem Azhar
The Truth About Autonomy
May 15, 2019 · 39 min
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Director of the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke University and one of the first female fighter pilots, professor Missy Cummings debates the current state of autonomy with Azeem Azhar. Taking a stance of techno-realism, Missy explains why we’re not even close to developing Level 5 autonomy in driving and why robotic surgery is still not safe.

In this podcast, Missy and Azeem also discuss:

  • The nonlinear upward movement across levels of automation. While early developments may take similar amounts of time and money, the final advancements demand exponentially more.
  • The psychology behind why we will almost certainly always have human pilots on commercial flights.
  • Why the United States’ certification system, based on equivalence, has never been suitable for autonomous systems — and how training regulators and policymakers alongside engineers might spark regulatory improvements that would foster safe innovation.
  • Parallels between the cultures of Silicon Valley and the U.S. military and thoughts on why gender equality still hasn’t been achieved.

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Missy Cummings @missy_cummings
Azeem Azhar @azeem

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