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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.

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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