What Lives Should Autonomous Cars Value?

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Despite conflicting options, we are getting closer to fully autonomous vehicles. On one side of the argument, Elon Musk boldly announced that every Tesla will be fully autonomous by 2017. On the other hand, Gill Pratt, head of Toyota’s Research Institute, asserts “we’re not even close to Level 5 [autonomy].”We are inching ever-closer to literally putting our lives in the hands of technology – yet, we haven’t found the solution to a vital moral dilemma: in the event of an emergency, whose lives should the car save? How will AI value one life above another? What ethical framework should be programmed into autonomous cars?

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