Self Driving Humans

March 22, 2018

According to Axios, 54% of Americans are unlikely to use self-driving cars, with a further 21% neutral on the issue.   Though the article doesn’t go into a ton of detail, I’m sure that a big reason for this lack of enthusiasm is a legitimate concern over safety as detailed in this article from Transport Topics.  Can a machine and its myriad sensors ‘see’ what humans see?  And more to the point, when it comes time to make a life-or-death decision for yourself or another motorist or pedestrian, can a machine make that decision for you?  Should it?  Recent research by The Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück, suggests that machine based moral decisions are, in principle, possible.