In Orphan Risks: Elon Musk’s Tesla Bot Raises Serious Concerns – But Probably Not the Ones You Think, Maynard discusses the ‘orphan risks’ of Tesla’s Bot and the concerns raised from Elon Musk’s latest innovation. The orphan risks associated with the Tesla Bot include “possible threats to privacy and autonomy as the bot collects, shares and acts on potentially sensitive information; challenges associated with how people are likely to think about and respond to humanoid robots; potential misalignments between ethical or ideological perspectives.” Innovators often miss these risks because they overlook them, but the repercussions can challenge the business, innovation, and industry.
If these concerns and risks aren’t handled, then Tesla runs the risk of damaging the industry. Specifically, if our society focuses on the glamour of the new technology instead of detecting or being aware of the risks then our society faces a major dilemma of allowing wealthy innovators pave the way without fully understanding their technology.
As someone who is not familiar with the progress of Tesla, I found this article insightful, but also scary. I hope innovators like Elon Musk start to work towards a well-rounded understanding of their technology to combat these ‘orphan risks’ and prevent more complications. I think big corporations like Tesla are so successful because people love to have the best and newest technology no matter the product. As a result, people don’t pay attention to the risks of using such a new technology