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[–] buncha_cunts 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

This is actually a huge ethical problem in AI design when it comes to driverless cars. It's essentially the trolly problem.

Do you prioritize the life of the driver, or the life of other drivers, pedestrians, etc? If a terminally ill grandma jaywalks in front of your car at the last second is it better to run her over or run your family of 4 off the road?

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[–] shmuklidooha 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yes, the car should have access to medical databases, just to be sure.

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[–] HillBoulder 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Depends. If it were her or going off a cliff, she's dead. If I'm just going into the ditch or something that won't kill my whole family then I'd probably take it. Really I could apply this to anyone not just dying old people.

How are you supposed to know if she's terminally ill anyway?

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[–] blackguard19 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This is why the "self driving car" discussion will lead into the transitioning into "smart cities" where the roads have barriers around them and even foot traffic is figuratively on rails.

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[–] MaxAncap 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

run her over. It's so obvious. I mean it depends on teh road but if it means ending up in a tree, then run over the damned Grandma

if you can safely go offroad, then go offroad. you know. Actually, you should let the driver choose the parameter. It shouldn't be for any of us to decide. After all, we do let drivers decide in the moment.

It's not that complicated. Really most of the time humans have a god-complex, thinking their minds are special souls or some shit.Whatever a brain can do, an AI can do.

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[–] buncha_cunts 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Some situations are not as simple for even a human to decide. Let alone in a split second. So imagine leaving them up to a machine.

Like, do you swerve to kill an adult doctor or maintain your path to kill a young child? One has the potential to save many lives, the other could either grow up into the president or the next Hitler. But one requires intervention in order to kill, kinda like the trolley problem.

Check out http://moralmachine.mit.edu/ for some of the scenarios they've imagined

After all, we do let drivers decide in the moment.

Which is exactly why cars kill more people than any other tool.