From: Pacific Standard

The Murky Ethics of Driverless Cars

Pacific Standard:

So you’re driving down a dark road late at night when suddenly a child comes darting out onto the pavement. Instinctively, you swerve, putting your own safety in jeopardy to spare her life.

Very noble of you. But would you want your driverless vehicle to do the same?

Rahwan and colleagues Jean-Francois Bonnefon and Azim Shariff describe six studies, all conducted online via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. In the first, the 182 participants “strongly agreed that it would be more moral for autonomous vehicles to sacrifice their own passengers when this sacrifice would save a greater number of lives overall.”

Read the whole story: Pacific Standard

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