Do we want programmers to be making ethical decisions for us?

How to Help Self-Driving Cars Make Ethical Decisions
[Via Computing – MIT Technology Review]

Researchers are trying to program self-driving cars to make split-second decisions that raise real ethical questions.

A philosopher is perhaps the last person you’d expect to have a hand in designing your next car, but that’s exactly what one expert on self-driving vehicles has in mind.


It looks like philosophers and programmers will be creating the ethical decisions for autonomous cars.

Too bad for squirrels.

And they say that it is unethical not to have self-driving cars as soon as possible.

So, how does software balance a car full of teenagers against a child in the street? What sort of pragmatism will be reduced to software?

Who gets to decide? Will there be different sorts of philosophical software to download? Or different hack?

I guess we will have to figure it out.

Image: Travis Wise