Toyota takes over artificial intelligence. According to Toyota’s president, Akio Toyota, the company is investing $1 billion and opening a research company in the vicinity of Stanford University. This new investment is made so that Toyota will one day be able to make cars that are going to be able to drive themselves. The main research areas are robotics and artificial intelligence.
The new facility will be stationed in Silicon Valley and will begin operating starting with January 2016. Two hundred employees will be deployed at the specific locations and there will also be a second facility that is going to be established in Cambridge, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In time, more employees are expected to fill these buildings’ chambers and push Toyota forward.
But this was not the only costly announcement that Toyota announced. Earlier on Friday, the company also declared that there will be an extra $50 million investment in AI research at MIT and Stanford alike. This is a 5 year prospect that should cover all the plans that Toyota has in mind. Thus, we might find ourselves in self-driving cars by the end of 2020.
While this is good news for anybody who wants or is in need of such cars, Toyota is merely following the trend established by many automakers, if not all of them. More and more producers are promising ease of access in terms of cars and that we will all be able to sit back and enjoy the view while the car does everything for us. A promising start, but is it exactly what we need?
Apart from the elders and people who actually need self-driving cars, there is no need for actual mass production. We live in an era in which anything can be hacked and controlled from afar and having billions of cars in this state is surely not something most of us would fancy. To a certain extent, even putting old people or anybody with greater needs in these devices does not sound entirely ok.
Then again, driving is arguably one of the activities that tire us every day. Some of us have to drive two hours to work every day and another two hours back. Those are 4 extra hours in which we need to concentrate and focus on anything that is around us instead of having some spare time. So AI in cars is definitely welcome.
Even though Toyota takes over artificial intelligence, we have to question whether it is right or wrong to have it in the first place.
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