To err is human
To really screw up, you need a computer.
An Artificial Intelligence system in China publicly shamed one of the country’s most prominent business executive for jaywalking - after spotting their mug going past on the side of a bus. Dong Mingzhu, the chair and public face of industrial giant Gree Electric is a well known public figure in China, and beyond: Fortune named …
"They've probably already trained their model to 'blank' the president and all his senior ministers."
That could well be correct, in which case I wonder if the software recognises masks?
Either way we have the makings of a really ugly t-shirt (William Gibson fans will understand).
China must actually be paradise on Earth to have no other problem than shaming jaywalkers.
If they tried putting something like that in place in the Western world, in no time flat you'd have scores of bored teenagers competing to see how fast they could get their mug on the big screen.
Being from the UK the concept of jaywalking is bizarre.
We cross roads when we judge it to be safe
Yes, we use zebra or light operated crossings when they are convenient, but if road is "empty" (including vehicles present but they will not reach you before you have crossed the road) then we cross. *
Happy not to have car overlords (be they AI or human operated)
* Obviously this does not apply to special case of Motorways which are pedestrian & cyclist free, but applies to mixed use roads.
Yes, we use zebra or light operated crossings when they are convenient, but if road is "empty" (including vehicles present but they will not reach you before you have crossed the road) then we cross
When visiting the continent, where I understand jaywalking is more recognised, I'm always been a bit bemused by the fact that zebra crossing markings on roads seem to be universally ignored by drivers. The only purpose they seem to serve is as a marker for where the bodies of dead pedestrians are likely to pile up.
>I'm always been a bit bemused by the fact that zebra crossing markings on roads seem to be universally ignored by drivers.
That depends on the country. Here in Switzerland they stop for you; in France drivers are supposed to stop but often don't. Living in a border area I'm always wary of French drivers for that reason.
I can't believe how I became conditioned to stand on a crossing waiting for a green walk light at - something stupid degrees C & with absolutely no traffic in Calgary in my vicinity.
If I decide to run the risk of crossing while on red light, having followed the Tufty Club\SPLINK & Green Cross Code (In reverse cause they drive on the wrong side of the road, just because we are in a minority it doesn't make us wrong) & then repeating excessively looking out for cops* before stepping onto the road & crossing.
Unlike Canadians (Who also think that vehicles have a magical ability to come to a dead stop the moment they step in front of a car), I continue to look left & right as I cross the road legally or not.
I do miss the ability to cross the road freely & safely like I used to do in the UK.
*The nanny state over here will see you with a fine if caught jaywalking.
After I'd used a zebra crossing a while ago a van driver (who hadn't been planning to stop) remarked that I was "supposed to wait for the traffic to stop". "If I did that I'd be here all day" was the reply.
The Highway Code states that drivers are to look for people approaching or waiting at zebra crossings - and stop to let them cross. Pedestrians have the right of way - theoretically - even though they're not yet crossing the road. You learn something new every day!
One of the many little details you notice when you re-read the highway code, it explicitly doesn't give anyone right of way, it says when you should give way. So for zebra crossings it says drivers should give way to people on the crossing. (And yes, that drivers should look out for people near crossings and be ready to slow down or stop. Oddly it doesn't say anything about actually slowing down, just, you know, be ready. "Yes I did run him over officer, but I was ready not to.")
Pedestrians have the right of way - theoretically - even though they're not yet crossing the road
Right of way != priority
I think the legal interpretation of right of way is that you're allowed to traverse. What matter is priority. For example, at a lighted junction all traffic has right of way, i.e. they may pass along the tarmac on any bit of road. The important bit is that the traffic on the bit of road with a green light showing on the traffic signals.
The United States sees itself as engaged in an "Artificial Intelligence arms race" with China.
They are not the only ones. It effectively says the same, but the other usual suspect.(*)
I do not know Farsi (my language knowledge is limited to native in 3 European and can read in 10+ more, everything else is double-dutch). However, I can bet that the Farsi speaking usual suspect has a similar speech. Ditto for Korean speaking usual suspect. Ditto for Bengali speaking usual suspect. Ditto for wherever else. I would not be surprised if there is an Eastern Timor speech to same effect.
Everyone on the AI bandwagon. I, in the meantime will remind myself of my dad's fav saying: "There is no need to apply Artificial Intelligence when Natural Stupidity will suffice".
(*)Can't be arsed to translate as I am already in the El Reg Russian Troll doubly moderated bucket. Otherwise translation services could have been provided.
the driver and the pedestrian. As a driver, I always slow down and keep an eye on the pedestrian trying to guess his intention. Onto the other hand, as a pedestrian I look for eye contact with the driver trying to guess his intention of stopping. If he doesn't convince me, I'll wait for next opportunity even if I'm within my legal rights to cross.
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