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saiftadros
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ninjad912
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is it ethical to implement an algorithm that gives self-driving cars the right to kill in case of em

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Started: 11/14/2017 Category: Technology
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saiftadros

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Self-driving cars hold out the promise of being safer than manually driven cars. Yet they cannot be a 100 % safe. Collisions are sometimes unavoidable. So self-driving cars need to be programmed for how they should respond to scenarios where collisions are highly likely or unavoidable. The accident-scenarios self-driving cars might face have recently been likened to the key examples and dilemmas associated with the trolley problem. In this article, we critically examine this tempting analogy. We identify three important ways in which the ethics of accident-algorithms for self-driving cars and the philosophy of the trolley problem differ from each other. These concern: (i) the basic decision-making situation faced by those who decide how self-driving cars should be programmed to deal with accidents; (ii) moral and legal responsibility; and (iii) decision-making in the face of risks and uncertainty. In discussing these three areas of disanalogy, we isolate and identify a number of basic issues and complexities that arise within the ethics of the programming of self-driving cars.
ninjad912

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In some cases this might seem like a good idea but what if it could save one or the other how would it chose who dies and lives should companies really have to play god and give everyone life scores and choose how important you are this would start up a lot of controversy. Do you really want to be judged to see if your life is valuable enough to live or so useless that you would die. What would the cars do if a white man and a Blackman with the same life scores who would it chose the black man or the white man, if it chose the white it would be called racist if it chose the black man they would say that it was trying to avoid trouble. Also this would give them ways to kill others that they don"t like by giving them a very low score.
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