The social dilemma of autonomous vehicles

Overview of attention for article published in Science, June 2016
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Title
The social dilemma of autonomous vehicles
Published in
Science, June 2016
DOI 10.1126/science.aaf2654
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Jean-François Bonnefon, Azim Shariff, Iyad Rahwan

Abstract

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) should reduce traffic accidents, but they will sometimes have to choose between two evils, such as running over pedestrians or sacrificing themselves and their passenger to save the pedestrians. Defining the algorithms that will help AVs make these moral decisions is a formidable challenge. We found that participants in six Amazon Mechanical Turk studies approved of utilitarian AVs (that is, AVs that sacrifice their passengers for the greater good) and would like others to buy them, but they would themselves prefer to ride in AVs that protect their passengers at all costs. The study participants disapprove of enforcing utilitarian regulations for AVs and would be less willing to buy such an AV. Accordingly, regulating for utilitarian algorithms may paradoxically increase casualties by postponing the adoption of a safer technology.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 1 3%
Australia 1 3%
United Kingdom 1 3%
Japan 1 3%
United States 1 3%
Canada 1 3%
Unknown 33 85%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 11 28%
Student > Master 9 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 15%
Researcher 6 15%
Other 3 8%
Other 4 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Engineering 10 26%
Computer Science 6 15%
Business, Management and Accounting 5 13%
Neuroscience 3 8%
Social Sciences 3 8%
Other 12 31%

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