Self-driving cars will soon be able to make ‘life or death’ judgements…. such as whether to hit an animal rather than a pedestrian. The increase likelihood of driverless vehicles has raised questions such as whether they will be capable of ethical decisions, just like humans.
Now, a study has shown for the first time that human morality can be modelled on a computer. It would use a simple formula that placed a variety of living things and objects in order, based on their ‘value of life’, or survival.
It would enable the controversial technology to incorporate the safety of the driver and pedestrians, especially children, above animals or inanimate objects, for instance, in the event of an unavoidable crash.