In this week's Robotics / Artificial Intelligence SciPol Weekly, testing autonomous cars across international borders; a government official saying his privacy was violated by a drone; and the basics of self-driving car platoons.
The New York Times – The Senate gave final approval to legislation to finance the Food and Drug Administration, clearing the measure for President Trump and tapping drug manufacturers once again to help pay for the federal review of prescription drugs and medical devices.
The Economist – If a genetic test could tell whether you are at increased risk of getting cancer or Alzheimer’s, would you take it? As such tests become more accessible, more and more people are saying “yes”. The insurance industry faces a few headaches as a result.
The Verge – Sixty years later, the world might have had its second “Sputnik moment.” But this time, it’s not the US receiving the wake-up call, but China; and the goal is not the exploration of space, but the creation of artificial intelligence.
Automotive News – There are roughly a billion people with some form of disability, and that people are generally living longer than in years past. Self-driving car technology has been widely believed to be a way to offer those people the chance to remain mobile.
Gizmodo – Imagine now, that in the future, being poor also meant you were more likely than others to suffer from major genetic disorders like cystic fibrosis, Tay–Sachs disease, and muscular dystrophy. That is a future, some experts fear, that may not be all that far off.
The New York Times / The Associated Press – The Justice Department will dispatch 12 federal prosecutors to cities ravaged by addiction who will focus exclusively on investigating health care fraud and opioid scams.