December 19, 2019

Jay Richards, assistant research professor, published commentary on The Stream about self driving cars and moral decision making.

..."But what if these “self-driving” cars find themselves with trolley problems from time to time? So what? How will the moral situation be different than if the car had a live human driver? The main difference is that the outcome could be subject to simulation, assessment, and the moral judgment of engineers ahead of time, rather than being subject to the panic of a human driver who scarcely has time to think. In other words, the outcome could be subject to some moral judgment, however imperfect. And again, surely that is an improvement."...

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