Driverless cars and the technology behind them – artificial intelligence (AI) – may not actually arrive and herald a new world.
Past revolutionary visions of technology were based in the industrial and post industrial revolutions. The issues of the day were how to use new technologies like electricity, radio and computers. Today, we are shifting moral authority to complex algorithms and losing the ability to find our way.
Artificial intelligence, under today’s technological limits, cannot surmount “the trolley problem”, according to a study by Azim Shariff, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and director of the Culture and Morality Lab at the University of California, Irvine. There are several scenarios based on the trolley accident problem.
If AI is to play a major role in our lives it will have to be able to make choices that represent the dangerous, if not lethal, intersection between morality and technology
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