Automated decision making
Lehner, Paul E. Information Systems and Technology Division, The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia.
Last reviewed:February 2019
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The use of computers to automate decision tasks. A decision task is any task requiring the generation or selection of options. There is an increasing demand for autonomous systems that can perform various complex tasks without human control or intervention, such as autonomous vehicles and automated image-analysis systems for diagnosing dermatologic lesions. For deep-space and planetary exploration, NASA has incorporated autonomy in the decision making of spacecraft and robots for when communication is delayed or not possible (see illustration). As the demand for autonomy increases, so will the reliance on automated decision making (ADM) capabilities. However, automated decision making is fraught with legal, ethical, and regulatory dilemmas, which have yet to be resolved. See also: Mars Science Laboratory; Space probe
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