[ExI] Self-Driving Cars Must Make Ethical Decisions

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Wed Jul 29 19:46:46 UTC 2015

On 29 July 2015 at 16:12, Chris Hibbert  wrote:
> The real issue that needs to be resolved before deciding that it's okay to
> put AIs in charge of high-speed vehicles is whether they're better at humans
> at preventing accidents in the incidents that happen every day in every
> city. And if they're just barely better at that, then any difference of
> opinion on the subtle ethical trade-offs where just avoiding the accident
> isn't an option will be very much in the noise.

As with most issues that involve ethics, I doubt that it's as simple
as just counting accidents.  :)
Many small accidents might be preferable to few serious accidents.

*Who* or *what* gets hurt and by how much, involves human value
judgements. Rationality is not much help in cases like that.
Especially as many (most?) human value judgements are driven by

It won't help to say that X is the rational decision if the enraged
mob then beats you to death.


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