In the #future, #self-driving cars will soon rule the roads and as the tests suggest, the #autonomous #vehicles take extra security precautions. According to the reports, very few minor #accidents that took place along the road during tests, were caused due to the mistake of other vehicles or people on the road. This brings us to a very interesting scenario that deals with an issue of unavoidable accidents.
The question is over assessing the relative morality of different algorithms—who gets harmed and who gets spared.
- The car can remain on course and kill several #pedestrians, or swerve and kill one passer-by
- The car can stay on course and kill one pedestrian, or swerve and kill its passenger.
- The car can stay on course and kill several pedestrians, or swerve and kill its #passenger.
Is the passenger killed the other people? One may consider #MIT #Technology #Review’s calling it “an impossible ethical dilemma of #algorithmic #morality.”
More info: Autonomous Vehicles Need Experimental Ethics: Are We Ready for Utilitarian Cars? arXiv:1510.03346 [cs.CY] arxiv.org/abs/1510.03346
Source: MIT Technology Review