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Self-driving Cars

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There is love everywhere, I already know
Due to my passing interest-slash-vague obsession with Elon Musk, I've been thinking about self-driving cars a lot.

If a human being is driving a car and they have an accident, they're entirely to blame. If a self-driving car hits somebody, the inventor(s) of it's software and the makers of the hardware should be to blame. Except those people are rich and have "a lot to lose", so now it's a serious ethics problem we can't properly discuss since AI isn't "it's owners responsibility".

I looked into articles on this and I found a ridiculous one on the World Economic Forum website that boiled down to "even if they do end up killing lots of old people via a utilitarian algorithm, who are we do judge the AI (that we created)*?" Another article even claimed we should just let AI police AI.

It also kind of forgets that some of these cars might be programmed for self-preservation. How many people would pay for a ridiculously expensive car knowing that it would choose to sacrifice itself in the event of a possible accident?
*From the article:
Even if trolley problems were a realistic concern for AVs, it is not clear what, if anything, regulators or companies developing AVs should do about them.


  • "you duck spawn, refined creature, you try to be cynical, yokel, but all that comes out of it is that you're a dunce!!!!! you duck plug!"
    Makes me think, why not just have the owners sign a declaration of legal responsibility for the car's actions.
  • There is love everywhere, I already know
    That makes a lot of sense, but I could see why the people selling them would lobby governments into making that an impossibility.
  • Creature - Florida Dragon Turtle Human
    Sudden thought:

    y'know what would be the ideal means of transportation for a simple commute?
    a self-driving bike.
    a bike, because a car isn't as necessary if all you're doing is transporting yourself.
    you set your destination. it self-navigates you to your destination. during that time, you have access to pedals -- but the pedals aren't for you to power the thing directly. they're there for you to recharge the battery while you get to exercise.
    you also have access to a table-like surface, upon which you can place objects you wish to transport with you, but you also have your hands free to do other things if you so choose, such as watching entertainment or doing a little bit of work on your commute.
    and a basket on the back can be used for carrying things like backpacks and groceries.
  • There is love everywhere, I already know
    Actually if we are talking individualized transport, I can totally see the design starting off from a bike (or like a scooter) and then getting slightly more comfortable.
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