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Driverless cars: when a crash is unavoidable, who should they save?

The answers people give to this question can be both fascinating and disturbing

By Julian Baggini   December 2018

Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/DPA/PA Images

The other day, someone confidently told me that we were heading for a golden age for philosophy. With the growth of AI, he explained, there’s going to be a hell of a lot of work figuring out the ethical rules to govern machine behaviour.

Since it is something of a mantra for me that there is no algorithm for ethics, this filled me with despair. Whether I like it or not, though, we are going to have to devise ethical algorithms to…

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