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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill? It shouldn't. Self-driving cars are not moral agents. Cars fail in predictable ways. Horses fail in predictable ways. the car ...
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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

The answer to a lot of those questions depends on how the device is programmed. A computer capable of driving around and recognizing where the road goes is likely to have the ability to visually ...
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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

Personally, I think this might be an overhyped issue. Trolley problems only occur when the situation is optimized to prevent "3rd options". A car has brakes, does it not? "But what if the brakes don'...
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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

In the real world, decisions will be made based on the law, and as noted over on Law.SE, the law generally favors inaction over action.
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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

This is the well known Trolley Problem. As Ben N said, people disagree on the right course of action for trolley problem scenarios, but it should be noted that with self-driving cars, reliability is ...
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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

“This moral question of whom to save: 99 percent of our engineering work is to prevent these situations from happening at all.” —Christoph von Hugo, Mercedes-Benz This quote is from an article titled ...
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What are the advantages of having self-driving cars?

One of the main arguments for self-driving cars is that presumably they'll get better and better at driving as the technology progresses, they have no temporal attention deficits or aggressive urges ...
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Would Google's self-driving-car stop when it sees somebody with a T-shirt with a stop sign printed on it?

Google’s self-driving car most likely uses mapping of traffic signs using google street view images for roadway inventory management. If traffic signs are not in its database, it can still “see” and ...
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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

For a driverless car that is designed by a single entity, the best way for it to make decisions about whom to kill is by estimating and minimizing the probable liability. It doesn't need to ...
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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill? By managing legal liability and consumer safety. A car that offers the consumer safety is going to be a car that is bought by said ...
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What are the advantages of having self-driving cars?

There are multiple motivations for self driving cars. Self driving cars have the potential to be much safer. Self driving cars are far more reliable than humans and can learn and have their ...
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Why are autonomous cars categorized as AI?

There is a neat definition of artificial intelligence, which circumvents the problem of defining "intelligence" and which I would ascribe to McCarthy, the founder of the field, although I can only ...
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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

They shouldn't. People should. People cannot put the responsibilities of ethical decisions into the hands of computers. It is our responsibility as computer scientists/AI experts to program decisions ...
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What will happen when you place a fake speedsign on a highway?

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/530276/hidden-obstacles-for-googles-self-driving-cars/ Google’s cars can detect and respond to stop signs that aren't on its map, a feature that was introduced to ...
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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

Frankly I think this issue (the Trolley Problem) is inherently overcomplicated, since the real world solution is likely to be pretty straightforward. Like a human driver, an AI driver will be ...
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Which machine learning algorithm is used in self-driving cars?

It will not be single DNN architecture, rather it will be a collection of different DNN architectures that are used together to make the final decision. Convolutions are using the images/videos from ...
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Why did a Tesla car mistake a truck with a bright sky?

Tesla's technology is assistive, as Alexey points out, so this is not a case of an autonomous system (e.g. an AGI) doing some fatal stunt (the product name AutoPilot is famously misleading). Now on ...
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What technologies are needed for a self-driving car?

You're going to need some way to 'see' the area around the car, and to track the speed of nearby objects. Google uses a combination of LIDAR, radar, conventional cameras, and occasionally sonar (see ...
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What are the advantages of having self-driving cars?

Why are self-driving cars awesome? Safety: better awareness (due to more sensors), better reaction time, fewer distracted/injured/drunk/texting drivers on the road, etc Convenience: pick up my kids ...
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Creating a self learning Mario Kart game AI?

What aspects of AI would be most applicable to creating a self learning game AI for a racing game (Q-Learning, NEAT etc) In general, you are looking at a problem that involves sequential decision ...
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How does Google's self-driving car identify pedestrians?

The AI of the car uses sensor data to process all the data and classifies objects based on the size, shape and movement patterns. It can recognize surroundings from a 360 degree perspective by making ...
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Why did a Tesla car mistake a truck with a bright sky?

As far as I know, Tesla cars autopilot is not a 100% AI pilot, it's an assitant: as it detects hands off wheel it slows down, so it's incorrect to speak about AI mistake: it is not trained/designed to ...
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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

I think there would not be a way to edit such ethics settings in a car. But hey, if cell phones can be rooted, why not cars? I imagine there'll be Linux builds in the future for specific models that ...
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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

The only sensible choice is to use predictable behaviour. So in the people in front of the car scenario: First the car hits the brakes, at the same time honks the horn, and stays on course. The ...
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How could self-driving cars make ethical decisions about who to kill?

I think that in most cases the car would default to reducing speed as a main option, rather than steering toward or away from a specific choice. As others have mentioned, having settings related to ...
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Which machine learning algorithm is used in self-driving cars?

What you are calling 'analyzing the surroundings' is generally referred to as perception. Self-driving cars sense their surroundings using cameras, radars, lidars often combining or fusing more than ...
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Which machine learning algorithm is used in self-driving cars?

Self-driving cars use a combination of both supervised as well as reinforcement learning. Huge amounts of sensor data are recorded in real-time. This data can be used to train all sorts of supervised ...
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What are the advantages of having self-driving cars?

If they are able to network, then they can notify the car behind that it is about to break. In this way they can drive closer together at high speeds. As soon as one puts on the breaks, all the cars ...
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