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May 14 2014

Multiple Choice: Who Does Your Automatic Car Hit

connected-cars-645x403Picture this, you’re driving along in your robotic car and the front tire blows. The first thing you do is spill coffee on yourself and drop the Game Boy you’ve been playing with and now you’re probably going to die. You just knew it was going to be one of those days.

Whether or not you die depends on what choice your automatic car is programmed to make. If the car has to make a decision over running your out of control car off a cliff or smashing though a crowd of squishy 2nd graders to slow you to a stop what should it do? If the kids were 8th graders or if there were a nice wide shoulder the decision would be easy. But what happens when that’s not the case? That’s the moral dilemma facing the folks working on robot cars right now.

My question is why aren’t there other options? Say you can’t stop in time to prevent the plunge over the cliff or the splash through thirty 8-year-olds, and the car is too out of control to go in any other direction. There needs to be some kind of go-go-gadget third option doesn’t there. If the car is going to be all technologically advanced already why not put in an ejector seat. At least that would make for a good story to tell the boss when you’re late for work. That is if he eve comes in today which is always a question.

What are you thoughts? Fill up the comments with your other options.

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