Monday, January 23, 2017

The Ethical Machine

Driverless cars have recently brought artificial intelligence considerations to the public. MIT researchers have put up a website called the Moral Machine where you can take a survey and decide who should live and who should die in a car accident scenario. The idea behind this survey is that the consensus will then become part of an automated car's AI program, calculating the "best" outcome in a car accident situation where someone is going to die. The brakes are out, should the car veer left into a homeless man, or right, into a pregnant woman? Interestingly, most voters have chosen the car occupant's death over that of anyone outside the vehicle--but the voters also indicated they would never get in such a car!

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