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Dr. Noah Goodall
Dr. Noah Goodall

Why don’t we have autonomous cars already? Dr. Noah Goodall, a Research Scientist at the University of Virginia, explains the challenges of getting computers to think like humans. He talks about ethically crashing and the elegance of designing an automobile that considers the difference between a car or a plastic bag.

You may have seen the movie “I, Robot” and heard of “Asimov’s Laws of Robotics”  (sited in the interview)

When many first encounter machine ethics, they are reminded of Isaac Asimov’s Laws of Robotics reprinted here with references to computers replaced by automated vehicles. 

1. An automated vehicle may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human
being to come to harm.
2. An automated vehicle must obey orders given it by human beings except where such
orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. An automated vehicle must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not
conflict with the First or Second Law.

Link: http://people.virginia.edu/~njg2q/ethics.pdf

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