31 May '16, 3pm

Can You Program Ethics Into a Self-Driving Car?

robot ethics and the human kind is that theirs can be warped, even by programmers who had only the best of intentions. Imagine that the algorithm operating a driverless car adjusted the buffering space it assigns to pedestrians in different districts, which it might identify by analyzing settlements from civil proceedings involving crashes. Although this is a perfectly reasonable, well-intentioned, and efficient way of controlling a vehicle’s behavior, it can also lead to bad outcomes if, for example, the actual reasons injured pedestrians settled for less were because they lived in low-income neighborhoods. The algorithm would then inadvertently penalize the poor by providing them smaller buffers and slightly increasing their risk of being hit when out for a walk.

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