BAI2013 keynote talk: Anders Sandberg - "What Do Cars Think of Trolley Problems"
BAI2013 keynote talk: Anders Sandberg - "What Do Cars Think of Trolley Problems: Ethics for Autonomous Cars" conference "Beyond AI: Artificial Golem Intelligence" (BAI2013), http://beyondai.zcu.cz/ Abstract: Fully autonomous vehicles are increasingly practical, and may become common within a few decades. There are good reasons for this in terms of safety, flexibility and disability rights. However, a usable autonomous vehicle will from time to time have to make decisions that, if a human driver performed them, would have counted as moral decisions. But foreseeable vehicles will not be moral agents but rather moral proxies. So where should the moral responsibility lie? There are advantages to keeping moral responsibility as close to the user as possible. This simplification of the chains of moral responsibility can be achieved by designing vehicles with different ethical decision profiles (within limits) and allowing users to retain part of their moral responsibility by choosing artefacts with behaviour that most closely matches their own settled convictions. This may provide a solution to artefacts which must operate in areas where humans disagree about what the best moral action is.