The train morality problem

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Re: The train morality problem

Post by clw_uk » Sat Aug 02, 2014 4:25 pm

chownah wrote:Perhaps this type of morality problem has gained relevance.

Should your driverless car kill you to save a child's life? ... -life.html
from the link:
"Consider this thought experiment: you are travelling along a single-lane mountain road in an autonomous car that is fast approaching a narrow tunnel. Just before entering the tunnel a child attempts to run across the road but trips in the centre of the lane, effectively blocking the entrance to the tunnel. The car has but two options: hit and kill the child, or swerve into the wall on either side of the tunnel, thus killing you."


I think my natural reaction would be to hit swerve, seeing the child it would be an automatic response. I dont think hitting the wall would automatically register.
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Re: The train morality problem

Post by culaavuso » Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:40 pm

chownah wrote:Perhaps this type of morality problem has gained relevance.
[url=]Here’s a Terrible Idea: Robot Cars With Adjustable Ethics Settings[/url] by Patrick Lin wrote: Whatever the right value is to put on human life isn’t the issue here, and it’d be controversial any which way. In the same survey above, 36 percent of respondents would want a robot car to sacrifice their life to avoid crashing into a child, while 64 percent would want the child to die in order to save their own life. This is to say that we’re nowhere near a consensus on this issue.
With robot cars, we’re trying to design for random events that previously had no design, and that takes us into surreal territory. Like Alice’s wonderland, we don’t know which way is up or down, right or wrong. But our technologies are powerful: they give us increasing omniscience and control to bring order to the chaos. When we introduce control to what used to be only instinctive or random—when we put God in the machine—we create new responsibility for ourselves to get it right.

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Re: The train morality problem

Post by alan » Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:56 pm

Here's a good idea: Never read anything by Patrick Lin.

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Re: The train morality problem

Post by Unrul3r » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:31 am

Here's an article pertaining to the topic: The Trolley Car Dilemma: The Early Buddhist Answer and Resulting Insights by Pandita


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