Should Driverless Cars Kill Their Passengers?
The new technology of driverless cards has opened up a real-world corollary to the 65 year old tradition of Trolley Problems. The basic question here involved how the cars should be programmed: to protect their passengers or others out on the road?
Read these the two articles and watch the video dealing with issues arising from the programming of driverless cars.
spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/self-driving/people-want-driverless-cars-with-utilitarian-ethics-unless-theyre-a-passenger and www.technologyreview.com/s/542626/why-self-driving-cars-must-be-programmed-to-kill/
- What are the core moral dilemmas involved in the programming of driverless cars?
- Who is involved here?
- Explain the title of the first article.
- Is there a moral problem with the inconsistency found in the second article? What would happen if everyone refuses to drive a "utilitarian" car?
- How should these cars be programmed? Why?