Driverless vehicles will have to deal with tricky life or death decisions which philosophers have argued about for years. So who will the artificial intelligences behind the wheel choose to favor? I asked Janina Loh, who teaches philosophy at the University of Vienna, for her thoughts on the ethics of self-drivbing cars.
Will autonomous vehicles represent a step toward greater safety or are they an added risk?
Since 90% of all traffic accidents are due to human error, chances are that self-driving cars will reduce the current number of pileups. But even the best autonomous vehicles will eventually be involved in serious incidents. Today, the driver makes decisions spontaneously and reacts by reflex because of the lack of time and information required to make informed ethical decisions before it’s too late. Essentially, the same will be true with self-driving cars but their decisions will be largely based on automation, so it will actually be the algorithms used and their programming that decide what actions to take. That’s why we need to make sure that certain ethical principles are built into our technical systems.
So in the worst case, machines will have to decide over life and death, won’t they? Weiterlesen