I would present you with a small dilemma that occupied me lately and would like to hear your thoughts as it will probably be varied and as this is an international site we will probably have some culture differences which is interesting as well , ok here goes :
The "old" Trolley problem quoted from Wikipedia : There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to a different set of tracks. However, you notice that there is one person tied up on the side track. You have two options:
Do nothing, and the trolley kills the five people on the main track.
Pull the lever, diverting the trolley onto the side track where it will kill one person.
Which is the most ethical choice?
Research showed that 90% will kill the 1 person , some studies went further and found that if you show the same dilemma but instead of the level the person needs to PUSH the 1 person to save the 5 most people will NOT do it.
So now Autonomous cars - same problem (in many manifestations) , for example -
* Car sees a pedestrian it will shortly hit , the car can swerve the pedestrian and hit a wall or run him over - what will the car do ?
There is a truck that spills a big log of wood and it rolls towards your car , you need to either swerve and take out a motorcycle or get hit by the wooden log - what will the car do ?
Of course you can have 5 pedestrian vs 1 in the car and all sorts of other stuff.
They did a survey in which they ask people what they think and most of them said "car should save as many as it can" , they then proceeded to ask if they will BUY a car that can pick to kill them instead of killing others and most said "Hell NO".
What do you guys think ? how should society handle this problem as its almost upon us!!!!!!
Sorry for the english , tried my best .