An early morning push notification with a leading question had folks wanting to go back to bed and climb under the covers. ABC – Australian Broadcast Corporation sent out a push notification on a story about driverless cars and the implications of having a machine make life or death decisions.
Within the article a series of questions are asked with moral implications and potential life ending consequences.
Would you let a car determine who dies? Driverless cars could make our roads safer and reduce congestion. But the algorithms driving them will also have to make life-or-death decisions https://t.co/KcdurnpncI pic.twitter.com/Cgc49gU4fh
— ABC News (@abcnews) July 4, 2018
It was too much, too early for some folks.
It’s too early for this pic.twitter.com/crs12Mneco
— Alex Bruce-Smith (@alexbrucesmith) July 4, 2018
People couldn’t agree more.
— Eve Thomas (@MsEveThomas) July 5, 2018
— Ashra #SaveHannibal (@DarkPriestess1) July 5, 2018
— Clare Murphy (@ClareAliceMurph) July 5, 2018
— Ash (@That_Posh_Chap) July 6, 2018
Nevertheless programmers had to make that choice when they created the auto-driving cars on the road today. I would say it's already late to create the legal framework around this invention. Pandora's box is open. pic.twitter.com/EIiOeMxba0
— Eve O Destruction (@GonnaFry) July 6, 2018
Some folks felt this was a reimagining of the trolley question of, “Do you pull the lever?”
this is trolley dilemma 2k18 disruption shit
— Emma Elsworthy (@emmaels) July 5, 2018
I’m glad you changed the headline on the website, this was a bit dramatic (though not wrong). Interesting piece though, how can we teach machines to solve the Trolley Problem when we as humans struggle with it? pic.twitter.com/4wCyKT7Ng6
— Lachlan Widt (@LockyWidt) July 4, 2018
I've never had an issue with the trolley problem. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
— Wade H (@WadeHardie) July 5, 2018
Star Trek is not a good place for you to build your moral compass on.
— Adam Powell (@powelladam02) July 5, 2018
A slight (big) difference is sitting in the car when it makes these decisions.
It's a slightly different question as it places YOU as the single person on the track (as well as being the switch operator). Self preservation is a major factor that can't be ignored. Not everyone's a hero. I'd argue that u shouldn't have to be to travel.
— Bollman (@_Bollman1) July 6, 2018
One thing is for certain: it got everyone off to an introspective day (whether they wanted to or not)!
Everyone who received this push alert now has a philosophy degree https://t.co/xIoRBuMDfW
— cliffe (@tinycliffe) July 4, 2018
— casey briggs (@CaseyBriggs) July 5, 2018
Voight-Kampff tests are getting weirder. https://t.co/bXwVhsBdcy
— Charles Miller (@carlfish) July 5, 2018
Wasn't this addressed in I, Robot? https://t.co/bL0yYqZBvi
— Nick Montgomery (@Merc_Media) July 4, 2018
Tomorrow can we just play ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ on our way to work?