An interesting ethical consideration for programmers of self-driving cars.


Driverless cars will encounter situations requiring moral assessment — and new research suggests that people may not be happy with the decisions their cars make. Experiments designed to test people’s reactions to a driving dilemma that endangers human life, revealed a high willingness for self-sacrifice, a consideration of the age of potential victims and swerving onto the sidewalk to save more lives — intuitions that are sometimes at odds with ethically acceptable behavior or political guidelines.

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