Monthly Archives: April 2015

Enough Inappropriate Ethical Analysis Already!

I’ve reached my threshold for uninformed articles about the supposed ethical conundrums that roboticists should be taking into account when they design autonomous cars.  At the end, I’ll be adding more questions to the list of potential research topics, but first, I want to address why these articles are so infuriating.

Grrrr.  Begin rant.

The articles don’t seem to have been vetted at all.  Exhortations to follow Asmiov’s three laws, or (worse yet) implement additional laws and address philosophical dilemmas about which group of people to kill in some avoidable concatenation of tragic events – they all incorporate assumptions about how robots are built and designed that are (at least currently) untrue.