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Will your self-driving car be programmed to kill you if it means saving more strangers?

The computer brains inside autonomous vehicles will be fast enough to make life-or-death decisions. But should they? A bioethicist weighs in on a thorny problem of the dawning robot age.

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Hey did you ever see "I, Robot"?  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343818/ | The robots were programmed to calculate the probability of death in a situation and save the ones with the highest probability of living.  Will Smith's... more »Hey did you ever see "I, Robot"?  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343818/ | The robots were programmed to calculate the probability of death in a situation and save the ones with the highest probability of living.  Will Smith's character is a product of this and has a hard time with it. 06-17-2015 6:06am

Yes I did see that movie, good recall! This does present an interesting thought experiment on programing rationality versus moral reasoning. It may be rational to save a child that runs into the street over an elderly driver (or passenger in an... more »Yes I did see that movie, good recall! This does present an interesting thought experiment on programing rationality versus moral reasoning. It may be rational to save a child that runs into the street over an elderly driver (or passenger in an automated car...), but who decides and how was the final choice made? I like the example the article gave, where an automated car has a tire-blowout, in a matter of milliseconds the car must decide whether to swerve into oncoming traffic or into a concrete barrier -which option is the correct choice? How do we place value on a life? Is it really just a matter of statistics and probability? These types of questions certainly have to be asked for this type of technology to progress... 06-17-2015 6:18pm

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Well it depends on if we want probability to dictate our lives.  We can do that already by understanding risk/rewards of our behaviors and choices and always acting logically.   Except...part of being human (and sometimes... more »Well it depends on if we want probability to dictate our lives.  We can do that already by understanding risk/rewards of our behaviors and choices and always acting logically.   Except...part of being human (and sometimes the best part) is also our ability to act irrationally!!  If we acted on pure logic and probability we would be machines (or Vulcans).  Here is a fundamental question: what makes us human? 06-17-2015 9:21pm

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