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Technology | Machines & Ethical Decision Making

As robots and autonomous machines become more common in everyday life there are certain questions that people are now asking about how these machines will deal with ethical decision making.

Testing of driverless cars by Google is well advanced and now out on the public road. Other production cars which are heavy with technology and almost drive themselves in city traffic will eventually become so sophisticated that they will be faced with making decisions in critical situations.

Should the car swerve to avoid hitting a pedestrian crossing the street, but put its occupants in danger by doing so?

Should a military drone open fire on a site where an enemy is known to be hiding, but with knowledge that civilians are also in the same area?

Read and listen to this interesting article about the ethics of machines and some of the dilemmas that we face as technology continues to advance and drive progress.

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