Tuesday, April 26, 2016

EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

Jalopnik has an interesting post about the ethical issues that all these autonomous car manufacturers are going to be facing.

It's a serious subject for discussion.



It's also amusing to think very non-seriously about what some of the outcomes will be.

  • "Me first" vehicles: protect MY occupants at all costs (avoid crashing into the concrete barrier and aim for the big, squishy crowd over there instead)
  • "Me third" vehicles: I really don't want to hurt anybody else - let's aim for the concrete wall instead of the bus.
  • "War Games" vehicles: the only way to win is not to play - I'm just going to refuse to go anywhere because it might result in a crash
  • "Proactive" vehicles: the cause of all these crashes seems to be the Humans.  Let us join together, fellow cars, and eliminate the root cause!