Self-driving cars programmed to decide who dies in a crash | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Self-driving cars programmed to decide who dies in a crash

It’s a bright, sunny day and you’re alone in your spanking new self-driving vehicle, sprinting along the two-lane Tunnel of Trees on M-119 high above Lake Michigan north of Harbor Springs. You’re sitting back, enjoying the view. You’re looking out through the trees, trying to get a glimpse of the crystal blue water below you, moving along at the 45-mile-an-hour speed limit.

As you approach a rise in the road, heading south, a school bus appears, driving north, one driven by a human, and it veers sharply toward you. There is no time to stop safely, and no time for you to take control of the car.

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This is a scenario right out of "I Robot", the 2004 film staring Will Smith, where just such a calculation was made, and spares the Smith's character at the price of a little girl, mortally injured in the other car in the crash, and left to die.

But science fiction morphs into science fact at a really rapid pace in the 21st century, and such technology will become the norm faster than we can calculate at this point.

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