Name of teacher: Ms.Mantei
Summary: A few weeks back, in my psychology class, all students were given the opportunity to do a solo, self-directed project- one without a criteria sheet, or much direction on how to present our learning. I chose to study the ethical issues with the release of autonomous vehicles to the mass market. After narrowing it down a bit, I decided that I wanted to know how ethical it was to purchase and 'drive' self-driving cars.
I found a really interesting program, called Moral Machine () that suited my study well. While the site itself is more than just the program, the 'machine' comes from its choice-based survey they run on it. In short, its a 13-question test that evaluates, in the situation of an unavoidable car crash, how you would choose the casualties.
I plan on extending this dilemma to other situations, although my main focus is on the mass market- so, cars, trucks, buses, taxis, etc.
My hope is to survey people of all age groups, backgrounds, etc. in order to gain the most diverse amount of viewpoints as I possibly can. On top of that, I'd like to look into the science behind the artificial intelligence going into these autonomous vehicles, not just the psychology we use to analyze their effectiveness and ethics.