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Humanizing Autonomy

Driving well is a relative thing, dependent on context and ingrained behavior as much as on learned skills, experts say — and this notion applies equally to both humans and self-driving cars.


Driving well is a relative thing, dependent on context and ingrained behavior as much as on learned skills, experts say — and this notion applies equally to both humans and self-driving cars. … In fact, driving doesn’t really tax the human brain, which functions more like a reptile brain when a person is piloting a car, says Julian Togelius, associate professor of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn, NY.  “There is much less of what we think of as conscious reasoning, and there is basically none of the verbal reasoning except when you read a map or, nowadays, listen to Google Maps tell you what to do. But that’s a layer on top of the actual driving [which] you can’t vocalize to yourself”.

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