Self-driving cars, also called driverless cars and autonomous cars, are poised to change the world. Potential benefits include fewer traffic fatalities, increase energy efficiency, more time for those who would’ve been behind the wheel, less time stuck in traffic jams and looking for parking, etc.
To balance all of those good things, there are a number of problems that may arise, such as the endangerment of millions of jobs and the security concerns of internet-connected cars. But the most pressing question in most minds is this: when a self-driving car does get into an accident, whose lives are prioritized?
Everyone has a different perspective on this, which is what makes it so tough to answer — and out of this dilemma came a new website that puts the decision into your hands for you to decide. The site is called MIT’s Moral Machine.
When you visit the site, click Start Judging to start the scenarios. Each scenario has a moral dilemma drawn as images, but if you can’t understand what it’s trying to depict, you can click Show Description for a literal explanation. The site is available in 10 languages as of this writing.
At the end, you’ll see a bunch of statistics that describe your moral compass. Do you tend to uphold the law? Do you care about sheer numbers? Are you more protective of a gender or age? What about social value? And most interesting, you get to compare yourself against the average of all others who took the quiz.
Want to learn more about how self-driving cars actually work? Check out our overview of the technology behind Google’s autonomous cars.
Website — MIT’s Moral Machine
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