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Friday, November 13, 2015

Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill

Emerging Technology From the arXiv
MIT Technology Review
Originally published October 22, 2015

Here is an excerpt:

One way to approach this kind of problem is to act in a way that minimizes the loss of life. By this way of thinking, killing one person is better than killing 10.

But that approach may have other consequences. If fewer people buy self-driving cars because they are programmed to sacrifice their owners, then more people are likely to die because ordinary cars are involved in so many more accidents. The result is a Catch-22 situation.

Bonnefon and co are seeking to find a way through this ethical dilemma by gauging public opinion. Their idea is that the public is much more likely to go along with a scenario that aligns with their own views.

The entire article is here.
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