Will the car decide correctly?
Hit a pedestrian or potentially harm the driver?
Is there a right answer?
“At some point, a car will be built that will make a decision of whether or not it has to save the passenger or kill the person outside the vehicle,” says Penn Stater Sean Brennan.
“If you hit the pedestrian, they’ll almost certainly be killed. If you swerve to avoid them, the car could go over a cliff and kill the driver.”
Sean challenges his students to think about these types of dilemmas. As future programmers, they’ll need to answer those unsolvable questions before they input decision-making algorithms into consumer vehicles.
(via Automating mankind | Current)