Can Autonomous Cars Learn to be Moral?

It’s a choice no one should ever have to make. Driving down a road bordered by a rock wall on one side and a deep crevasse on the other, I suddenly have to make a terrible split-second decision: Do I hit the pair of lost hikers who just stepped out from a break in the rock face or swerve off the road, sacrificing myself to the 50-foot cliff drop? Thankfully, this didn’t happen in real life—it was just a simulation where people decide how a self-driving car should react in similar situations. The game tests myriad other conditions, too, including a futuristic twist on a classic thought experiment in ethics known as the trolley problem: a self-driving car must decide whether to stay its course and hit the five people…


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