Here's the Math Self-Driving Cars Will Use to Decide if it Should Sacrifice Its Passengers

Set self-driving car to "kill."

Jerry Kaplan has some ethical concerns when it comes to handing over control to autonomous vehicles. He asks us to consider if we would drive in a vehicle that would kill us if presented with the right scenario.


When thinking about it, we're handing over a number of social interactions and ethical scenarios to a robot. In one video, he proposes the “Trolley Problem” as one of his main concerns.

The Trolley Problem is a thought experiment in ethics. The setup is simple: There's a runaway trolley barreling down the tracks about to hit five people tied up — they can't move. You, a bystander, have the option to pull a lever, which will divert the trolley, saving the five people, but killing one person sitting on the other track. What do want your car to do?

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