How self-driving cars could make moral decisions: Reducing morality to algorithms


EXCERPT: [...] Self-driving cars, which some predict will dominate our roads within a few decades, will inevitably have to make life-and-death decisions: which way to swerve in a traffic accident, for instance, or whose life to prioritise when things go wrong. Do we want them to follow hard and fast rules, or make fuzzier and more human decisions? [...] In an age of relativism it is accepted wisdom that human morality is too complex to be accurately modelled. Or so we thought. Researchers from the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück in Germany have demonstrated that, at least in some circumstances, algorithms that imitate our moral behaviour can be formulated....

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