Who should driverless cars kill?

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MIT’s Media Lab just released Moral Machine http://moralmachine.mit.edu/, a site that helps you model and vote for various self-driving car scenarios that involve living beings. I went to try it out!

Check out this simulation

I decided to send my dog and cat off to the vet in my driverless vehicle. Along the way, the vehicle had to make a choice – kill the cat and dog in the car, or kill 5 pedestrians.

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Which one would you choose? Most people would say the dog and cat should die.

How would the car be able to see whether it was a dog or cat in it?

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Other Scenarios

I created five other scenarios.

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Who should die? The cat or the burglar? If a cat has nine lives it could be just fine.

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What about a cat taking down many burglars?

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Should babies be allowed to take down the elderly? What if one of those elderly was a famous author and speaker?

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Equality in death for the homeless.

About Moral Machine

Moral Machine Concept by Iyad Rahwan, Jean-Francois Bonnefon and Azim Shariff.

Development by Edmond Awad, Sohan Dsouza.

Contributions from Paiju Chang, Danny Tang.

Try it out: http://moralmachine.mit.edu/