[ProgSoc] Programming ethics in Autonomous Vehicles
roland at rolandturner.com
Sat Oct 31 16:22:47 AEDT 2015
On 10/31/2015 09:36 AM, Liam E-P wrote:
> Jacob linked this to me the other day, thought might post here. It's
> an article posing an interesting problem for the future - how do we
> program ethics into self-driving cars and the like? And which ethical
> disposition (utilitarian, etc.)?
> Would be interesting when they embed this in law.
I'd suggest that this is less future/hypothetical than ethics professors
like to pretend:
* collision-avoidant vehicles have been on the road (in real use, not
merely R&D prototypes) for almost 30 years,
* those which recognise and deal separately with soft obstacles
(humans or animals) for almost 10,
* those which recognise and deal separately with human beings
specifically for at least 2 years.
The real-world priority is simple, as for a car driven by a human:
protect the vehicle's occupants first, avoid collision wherever possible
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